Glenn Blackmore passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of June 20, 2013. Glenn happily celebrated his 96th birthday in February, numerous times, with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Glenn Chester Blackmore was born in Arlington, Riverside County on February 28, 1917 to Clifford Franklin and Bertha Jane Bryan Blackmore. Except for three years when he lived in Arizona, Glenn spent the rest of his life in Southern California. He is survived by three sons, Ronald (Lois) of Riverside, CA; Raymond of Sierra Vista, AZ; and Walter (Karen) of Tempe, AZ; a brother Eugene (Ruth); and numerous (over 50) grandchildren, great-grandchildren (Who knows how many?) and even some great-great grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by two wives, Donna June Larson Blackmore (1917-1987) and Margaret Beth Kinsell Winterbottom Blackmore (1921-2012); a brother Carl Russell (1915-1998) and a sister Estella Marie Blackmore Gee (1919-2007).
Glenn spent his working career as a tool and die maker in the plastics industry. He was quite upset that he was not allowed to serve in WWII. When he tried to enlist, the US government sent him right back to work at Cannon Electric to make tooling and molds for aircraft canopies and other parts. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, if you bought a plastic pipe fitting, chances were very good that Glenn Blackmore made or designed the mold to manufacture those fittings.
In his “early” retirement years, Glenn was deeply involved in the Silver Lakes community where he served as a volunteer with the environmental control committee and was also known as Captain Blackmore as he fished in the lakes, often with grandchildren. He was a great dance partner, whether it was square dancing, ballroom dancing, line dancing, or any other form of dancing.
Glenn spent some time each week keeping in touch with family members, sending birthday and anniversary cards, writing letters, as well as communicating by email. Glenn was a member of the Victorville United Methodist Church. He often attended Friday SWIM meetings and luncheons as well as the monthly Voyager luncheons at Church of the Valley. Glenn was known to many close friends and family as the original “Cookie Monster,” a title he proudly acknowledged.
His love and caring for family and friends will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 11 am at the Victorville United Methodist Church, Victorville, California.