Glenn was born on October 28‚ 1949. After completing grades K-7 in the San Fernando Valley‚ he moved to the San Francisco area where he graduated from Oceana High School. Glenn loved anything to do with airplanes‚ completing several college courses in aeronautics. One goal for 2011 was to satisfy the requirements for his private pilot’s license. His other hobbies included playing the cello‚ wood carving and wood working in general. He would create very detailed items such as beautiful‚ hand-carved Christmas ornaments for family and friends. He also built much of the furniture in his home‚ to the great delight of his wife!
In 1970‚ he moved back to southern California and worked for a private ambulance service. Glenn followed in the steps of his father‚ an LAFD engineer‚ and was hired by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He graduated with the ambulance training academy class of July 1974‚ completed paramedic school in March of 1976‚ and later cross-trained as a firefighter. He spent over 36 years proudly serving the citizens of Los Angeles.
He took great pleasure in his role as firefighter/paramedic. His captain stated that he worked around the station like a rookie and was a ñcaptain’s dream.î In writing to his family‚ one of his coworkers indicated that it was a high compliment to call someone a ñgood paramedicî and then went on to say that Glenn was the best.
Off duty‚ along with nurturing his family‚ Glenn spent a good portion of his time serving Valley Presbyterian Church (VPC) in North Hills‚ California. Fulfilling many roles at VPC‚ including choir member and deacon‚ he gladly gave many hours to making sure the church was in good order. From putting in sump pumps to fixing office equipment‚ he was always ready and able to tackle any problem that might come up.
He approached life with a true servant’s heart‚ always seeing to it that others’ needs were met before his own. He could calm an intense situation in a matter of moments‚ and you knew he would take care of everything. He just had a way of making everything alright no matter what was going on around you. To his family‚ Glenn was a loving example of what a husband‚ father‚ brother and son should be. To his fire comrades‚ he was a loyal friend and true brother.
Glenn is survived by his mother‚ Alberta Holtze; his brother‚ Bruce Allen; his sister‚ Deborah Abrams; his wife‚ Melanie Allen; his daughter‚ Rebecca; his son-in-law‚ Brandon; and his first grandchild‚ Nathaniel‚ who was born the day following Glenn’s entrance into the presence of his Lord and Savior‚ Jesus Christ.