Gary Martin Glenn, 76, of Kerrville, Texas, died Sunday, July 18, 2021 after an accidental fall. Born July 13, 1945 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Bill Glenn & Creita Bradish, Gary was a Yankee by birth, Texan by choice…he always said he got to Texas as fast as he could.
Gary is survived by his wife, Debbie Glenn; children, Steve (Beth) Glenn and Kristen (Brian) Duncan; grandchildren, Jonathan & Emily Glenn, and Addie, Zoey, Reese & Ryker Duncan; and stepchildren, Lynette (Mark) Wyatt & Nathan Glandon. He is also survived by his siblings, Pamella Campbell, Barb (Al) Farley, Beth (Jim) Ray, Janet (Steve) Kendall, and Bob (Gerry) Glenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Glenn & Creita Bradish, and his siblings William Glenn, Carol Cowing, Allen Glenn & Mary Butler.
Gary never sat still if there was something better to do. He loved to be in motion and spent hours on the road…from Corvettes to Harleys, from work trucks to a collector's dream cars, from a small basic motor home to a 45-foot Country Coach – he drove them all and loved every minute. A trip to the Barrett Jackson Car Auction with Gary was like taking a kid to a candy store…a very exclusive one! He loved the art of the deal.
Gary especially loved his Corvettes and Harley-Davidsons and usually owned several of each…at the same time. A proud member of the Iron Butt Association, he once rode his Harley over 1000 miles in 24 hours.
You never saw Gary without a Styrofoam cup in his hand, and you rarely saw him with sleeves on his t-shirts. The sparkle in his blue eyes, his great laugh and his crazy (yet true) stories were unforgettable.
Gary truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment. He deeply appreciated life and filled his with what made him happy…traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cruising around in his sports cars and motorcycles. Life on the road with Debbie in their motor home was Gary's dream – he got to enjoy traveling and making friends across the country, and still got a good night's sleep in his own home even when they were thousands of miles away.
Above all else, he loved his family deeply. He adored his six grandchildren – they loved their Granddad and knew they had him wrapped around their little fingers!
Gary came to know the Lord when he was an adult, and his faith was important to him. He was part of a Bible Study Fellowship group in Abilene and loved studying the Word and growing in faith.
We will miss Gary desperately but are blessed by knowing he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are comforted by sweet memories of the man who loved us so well. His sudden and unexpected passing reminds us that life is precious, and each day with those we love should never be taken for granted. We thank God for the gift of 76 years with him here on earth, and for God's promise that we will see him again one day in heaven.
Gary was part of the Abilene business community for over 40 years, as the owner and founder of A-Town/Hi-Tech. When he decided to come to Abilene in 1972, he sold his Corvette and bought a carpet cleaning van (and if he was selling his Corvette, you knew he was serious). A-Town/Hi-Tech crews helped clean and restore thousands of homes and businesses across the Big Country after fires, floods and more. His employees knew that Gary would never ask them to do something he wouldn't do himself, and many times, he was there working alongside them no matter how tough the job.
In 2018, he opened a new business, Bright Idea Ventures, selling LED lights to the RV community; he also sold TopCoatF11. His entrepreneurial spirit knew no bounds. He and Debbie loved traveling across the country in their RV, attending rallies, making new connections and catching up with old friends. He was on his 8th motorhome and had already put 60,000 miles on it in just four years. He was the Vice-President and FMCA National Director for Country Coach International and for years has served as an unofficial ambassador for motor home travel and life.
Gary had a tremendous impact on everyone he met and on the communities he called home. His home for many years, he was especially committed to making the Abilene community a better place to live. He sat on the Goodwill Board of Directors and the Planning & Zoning Commission, was active in the Rotary Club and served as President of the Better Business Bureau. He also served in leadership roles within his field – as President of the International Cleaning & Restoration Association, and as Chairman of the Board for the Connections Trade Show. He also served as President (and Vice-President) of the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians.
To those of you who read this all the way through, thank you for taking the time to remember Gary with us. We hope you learned something new about his life and his legacy, and that you will carry his memory with you every day. His wish for you would be that you would know and love the Lord, that you truly appreciate the gift of life, and that you could surround yourself with the people and activities that bring you happiness. (And whenever you have a white Styrofoam cup in your hand, make a toast to Gary. He'd like that.)
The family will receive friends Friday, July 23, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, Texas. Services will be Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Wylie United Methodist Church, 3430 Antilley Road, Abilene, Texas.