Glenn Franklin

 

 

Glenn Paul Franklin, 34-year resident of Mariposa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, with his family at his bedside. He was born in 1955 in San Francisco.

He was buried on the coast at Olive Hill Cemetery in Geyserville on Feb. 7. A short Baha’i service was held at the site.

Glenn loved Mariposa and, like his father, shared his time, energy and resources freely. In the late 1980s he joined the Mariposa County Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Resource Conservation District Board.

In the “Mariposa Two for One Band” he performed along with his band mates at “Evenings on the Green” concerts before they officially bore that name, and wrote a weekly column in the Gazette, “The Gold Country Gardener.”

Glenn later became a leader in the California Envirothon, a statewide competition among high school students. The job of participating students is to team up and solve problems of the future based on a scenario presented to them. The adult team prepares the scenario, then judges solutions on pre-defined criteria.

He was proud to become president of the Board of the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District and thereby earned the honor of serving Mariposa County on its Agricultural Advisory Committee. He also served our state as President of the Board of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts. He was a key member of a team that brought many millions of dollars of grant funds to California for such projects as, most recently, mitigating tree mortality.

He may be best remembered for the music he loved giving to others. While his band mates and band names changed as the years went by, he loved the audiences most, wishing for them to feel happiness from music. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Glenn led the way to continuing the annual scholarship first given in Cousin Jack’s name by his wife Alinda.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Bootjack Stompers Hall on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 2-8 p.m. Bands will perform many of Glenn’s original compositions and his favorite songs. Details will appear in a future edition of the Mariposa Gazette.

Thank you to Mariposa, the wonderful community of people who made Glenn’s expressions of love possible.

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