Glen Earl Martinson, 75, returned to his Heavenly Father on July 16, 2022 due to complications from an illness. Glen was born to Paul Grant Martinson and Myrtle M Peterson on January 22, 1947. He graduated from Murray High School in 1965. He attended the University of Utah and received a Bachelors of Science in Sociology in 1971 and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management in 1976. Throughout his life, he had many close friends and was known as a prankster. He ran track, and he strength-trained in his teens, holding the squat record at Murray High School. He also juggled and rode a unicycle he built himself. In his adult years, he had a passion for collecting coins, playing pool, and traveling. He visited all fifty states and dozens of countries. He wrote humorous and poignant short stories in his spare time, receiving awards from Rocky Mountain Power and the Murray Senior Center for his creative work.
Glen was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served a mission with his wife at the Church History Library from 2005 to 2007, and he served a second mission at the Sandy Utah Employment Resource Center from 2009 to 2011. He held many church callings, including Elder’s Quorum secretary, Elder’s Quorum group leader, Seventies group leader, executive secretary, scout leader, primary teacher, and Sunday School teacher.
Glen was the director of skilled training and job placement for disabled people at Columbus Community Center from 1972 to 2005. He made outstanding contributions in obtaining career employment for our nation’s mentally disabled citizens and received the 1975 Counselor of the Year National Award. In 2005, he received a certificate of appreciation in grateful recognition of dedicated and meritorious service to the Salt Lake School District.
Glen met his eternal companion and sweetheart, Annette, in 1969. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake temple for time and all eternity. They were blessed with two children. He made it known that his wife and family were both his greatest love and accomplishment.
Glen is survived by his wife, Annette, daughter Laura (David), daughter-in-law Valerie, granddaughters Rebecca and Alyssa, brothers Laurin, Niel (Bonnie), Lee (Heather), Larry (Nicole), Layne (Melissa), and stepsister Dian.
He is preceded in death by his son Paul, mother Myrtle M Peterson, father Paul Grant Martinson, and stepmother Betty Jean Scoggins.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (11122 South Black Hawk Drive, South Jordan, Utah) at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at the same location prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. After the funeral, interment will be in the Memorial Redwood Cemetery (6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah).
The service will also be live-streamed at 11:00 a.m. at the following link: