PROVO, Utah — Avery Lee Glenn passed away peacefully at his Provo, Utah home on July 21, 2014, from causes related to leukemia.
He was born July 2, 1929, in La Grande, Ore., to Howard C. Glenn and Dorothea Harrison. He graduated from Union High School in Oregon and attended Brigham Young University on a music scholarship. While attending BYU he met Marjorie Lynn from Lovell, Wyo., and they were married June 6, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. Dad graduated from BYU in 1951 with a BA in Music. He taught music in Deaver, Wyo., and Byron, Wyo., his first five years while earning a Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon. In 1956, he accepted a teaching position in Billings, where he taught band at Senior and West High Schools and was appointed Supervisor of Music for the Billings Public Schools in 1967. He was assistant professor of music at BYU from 1971-74. In 1974, he became the Music Education Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. He received a Doctorate in education from BYU.
His favorite music was jazz, and he played piano in dance bands in high school, college and throughout his career. He enjoyed training teachers and helping them to be successful in their classrooms. As the “Music Man,” he could play most any instrument. He fulfilled many callings as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his later years, he enjoyed serving in the Provo LDS Temple and playing piano for Primary children.
Dad’s greatest love was his family. He is survived by children: Michael Lee (Diann) Glenn of Midway, Utah; Pamela (Gordon) Tolley of Morgan, Utah; and Debra (Donny) Osmond of Provo; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clayton (Blanche) Glenn of South Jordan, Utah, and Patrick (Vivian) Edvalson of Richland, Washington; and sister, Judy (Jim) Thompson of Yakima, Wash.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. in the Edgemont South Stake Center, 2950 N. Canyon Road, Provo, Utah, with a viewing prior to the service from 9-10:30 a.m. at the same location. Interment will take place at the East Lawn Cemetery in Provo under the direction of Walker Sanderson Mortuary, Orem, Utah. Friends and family may offer condolences at www.walkersanderson.com.