Glenn Penrose Moffat passed away quietly on Saturday January 9th, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 92 years old.
Glenn was born a bouncing redheaded boy in Port Townsend, Washington in 1928. From childhood in Port Angeles, Washington he had a fascination with plants, birds, and insects of which he had many collections. As a young boy, he met a girl 6 years younger whom he would later marry.
Glenn graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles in 1948. He spent four years as a Navy Corpsman serving on the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard during the Korean War.
Upon his return from Korea, Glenn married the girl, the love of his life Carol Lee Macklin on February 1, 1953 in Seattle, Washington. They were to be happily married almost 68 years.
Family gatherings were loud, with members joking and competing to talk over one another. Outsiders meeting the family were soon swept up in the good-natured melee of Clan Moffat. Glenn was a wonderful and loving father to Daniel (Jane) Moffat, Michael (Ann) Moffat, Susan (Michael) Mitchell and Merri (Steve) Muir. He gave his children a strong sense of family and the example of the blessings of a loving partner.
Glenn was the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren. He also had six great-grandchildren with more arriving each year. Glenn was predeceased by his son Michael, his younger sister Marlene Moffat Halberg, his mother Genevieve Girard Moffat and his father Andrew P. Moffat.
Glenn’s grandfather Andy was a Scottish coal miner who died in a mining accident in 1909 in British Columbia. Glenn’s father, also named Andy, grew up an orphan with a 6th grade education but rose in the management ranks of retailers Sears and Bullocks. Glenn however was determined to obtain a college education.
With the GI Bill, Glenn became the first on the Moffat side of the family to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Western Washington State. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in Education. He went on to a master’s degree in Entomology from University of Utah and a master’s degree in Ornithology from San Jose State University.
Glenn insisted that the kids work their way through college (with assistance). All four children went through his cherished community college system and on to obtain degrees from four-year colleges. Wife Carol was a manager at Pacific Telephone and an excellent night school student at Foothill.
Glenn had a special love of ecology, birds, and marine biology. He organized many whale watching trips on the Monterey Bay and in Baja. He wrote books about the ecology of the San Francisco and Monterey Bays and field manuals on birds. He was involved in the inception of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Glenn taught at Foothill College in Los Altos for 29 years. Glenn was a gifted teacher who loved to entertain and joke with his students. Beloved by students young and old, his classes were always fully enrolled. Glenn was the 1988 Teacher of the Year for the Foothill/DeAnza College district.
Glenn went out of his way to mentor students. Some went on to Stanford. Some from Stanford came to Foothill to take requirement courses. Glenn would joke that Stanford was a “feeder school” for Foothill.
In 1975, he founded a successful eco travel company and lead field trips around the world to many places including Macha Pichu, the Seychelle Islands, Scammon’s Lagoon, Baja and the Olduvai Gorge, Kenya.
Glenn started in 1964 and retired from Foothill in 1993. After retirement he and Carol traveled extensively for many years worldwide. He was friendly and gregarious and enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people.
With his long illness, Glenn has been sorely missed by family and friends. His devoted wife Carol cared for him for many years with the help of his wonderful caretakers. Also thankful for Kaiser and Hospice Santa Cruz. We know that he now rests in peace. His Celebration of Life will be delayed due to the pandemic until it is safe to gather and honor his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Second Harvest or the charity of choice in Glenn’s name.
Consider this trip just Glenn’s latest travels until he is reunited with Carol.
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