Another member of America’s greatest generation has left us. Glen Roger Power, age 93, passed away peacefully at home in Catheys Valley, on Nov. 17, 2018. He was a man who lived a life most people dreamed about.
He was born Jan. 30, 1925 in Sand Springs, Iowa, to McKinley and Anna (Helmrich) Power. Glen graduated from Manchester High School on May 2, 1943. He enlisted in the Army on May 26, 1943 and served for three years, including 15 months in Europe during World War II.
After being honorably discharged in 1946, Glen traveled to California where he became employed with Yosemite
Park and Curry Company in 1947. He started his 28 year career with the company as a busboy at the Ahwahnee Hotel. He worked his way up to become the manager of the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, Camp Curry and Wawona Hotel. He retired from the company in 1975 as the director of transportation. After his retirement he and his family moved to Midpines.
During his time in Yosemite, Glen met and married Dottie Verhaar in 1948. They raised three sons, Mike, Greg and Jeff.
In 1975, Glen was hired by Mariposa County as the Senior Assistance Director. In 1976 he was hired as the Mariposa County Veterans Service Officer.
Glen’s first wife, Dottie, passed away in 1978. In 1988, he met and married Sharon Maxwell and they settled in Catheys Valley.
After working for Mariposa County for 12 years, Glen retired and enjoyed his retirement to the fullest with his wife Sharon. This included hunting, fishing, swimming and horseback riding. He also enjoyed packing horses and mules into the Yosemite back county and taking road trips to Baja in the winter.
He also loved gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed following the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
Glen was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mariposa Mountain Riders, Back Country Horseman’s Association and Mariposa Fish and Game Protective Association.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, first wife, Dottie, and granddaughter, Christy Power.
Glen is survived by his wife Sharon; sons, Mike, (Cathy Negrette), Greg (Peggy Hernandez) and Jeff (Karen Kufta); grandchildren, Kimberly (Chater), Michael, Joshua and Jason; great-grandchildren, Tenaya Chater, Ani Chater, Jaylee Power and Jema Power; and Sharon’s daughters, Sharol Stang (Slim) and Billie Jan Gunderson (Cody).
A celebration of life is being planned for this spring.