Glenn joined his wife Dorothy in heaven after passing peacefully in his sleep at home in Bedford, Wyoming on October 30, 2021.
Glenn was born January 20,1931 to parents Alfred and Delma Hackwell in Manti, Utah. He grew up in Carbon county Utah as one of 6 children. As a young child his family lived in a railroad car in the communities of Tucker, Scenic, Scofield and Castle Gate Utah while his father worked for the Denver Rio Grande Railroad. He dropped out of high school to join the United States Air Force at age 17 and served honorably from 1948-1952 during the Korean War. After completing his service in the USAF he worked for Denver Rio Grande Railroad and in the local coal mines in Carbon County Utah, while working on his college education. He loved football and played on school teams at Carbon College and Brigham Young University
He graduated from Carbon College with an Associates degree in Physical Education. He then studied at Brigham Young University earning both his Bachelors in and Masters degree in Zoology. He went on to earn a PhD in Entomology at Oregon State University specializing in bees.
He was a professor of Entomology at California State University Stanislaus Campus for 35 years. His work was highly regarded he had several published research articles. He was also employed by the United Nations and lived in Pakistan for a year while working with the World Health Organization to improve agricultural practices.
He married Dorothy Rassmusen in September of 1955 in Price, Utah. They relocated to the west coast and lived in Long Beach, CA where he taught high school PE and in Corvallis, OR while working on his PhD before settling in Turlock, CA where they lived for 35 years. They also owned a ranch in Bedford, WY spending time in both places. After the death of his wife Dorothy, he moved to Bedford to live full time.
He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, his parents Alfred and Delma Hackwell and siblings; Shannon, Norine, Doug and Roy.
He is survived by son Burke Hackwell of Bedford Wyoming, daughter Melissa Hackwell of Delta, Colorado and brother Earl Hackwell of Ohio and 7 grandchildren in Utah and California.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at the Bedford Cemetery Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM.
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