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Glen McLain Seely

08/12/1929 - 08/11/2019

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Mr. Glen McLain Seely, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on August 11, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Glen was born to Francis Leland Seely and Grace Emily Thompson on August 12, 1929 in Malta, Idaho. Glen went on to marry Jean Jamison and together they had 6 children; they later divorced. Glen married Nita Beth Harrison and together, they had a beautiful blended family with the addition of her 8 children. Together they have 65 grandchildren, 113 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Glen graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City. He went on to receive his Associate’s degree from Weber State as well as a teaching certificate and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Utah. He completed 2 years of law school in his post graduate work. Glen finished his ROTC training and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. During the Vietnam war period, he flew the C-124 Globemaster and served as a navigator and a navigator instructor. He then retired as a Major from the Air Force.

Glen had many talents. He was an avid tennis player. He loved fishing and often said “I was born to fish!” He spent some time teaching English at Granger High School, although his real love was Real Estate, an industry he was involved with for over 50 years. Glen enjoyed reciting poetry, his favorite being The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. The grandchildren loved his poems and stories, especially the Rat Story, which changed with each telling. Glen and his wife Nita loved to travel, and they share lots of memories of the many places they have gone together.

Glen was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served many missions for the Church. The long list of his services include time serving the British mission, the inner-city mission with his wife, and service missions at Welfare Square. Glen was the executive secretary at the Family History Branch Presidency as well as an ordinance worker at the recommend desk for over 10 years at the Salt Lake Temple. He was also a member of the bishopric 5 times.

Glen is survived by his wife and children: Paul (Amy), Jan (Paul), Jim, Laura, Kristen, Kay (Ed), Brent (Kathy), Craig (Shannon), Lynn (Joella), Darryl (Teri), Wade (Debbie), Scott (Sally), Kevin (Lori), and Sheila (Don). He is also survived by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren and his two brothers Jim (Ellie) and Kent (Mary). He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters Joyce, Gwen, and Karen; his brother Lee, and 2 granddaughters Julie and Cassie.

A visitation will be held a day before services on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held in Glen’s honor on Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Ensign Stake Center, 135 A Street, Salt Lake City, Utah at 11 AM. A visitation will be held prior to services that same day, at the same location beginning at 10 AM. Military honors will follow services at 12:15 PM.

The family would like to thank the Veteran’s hospital and Active Hospice for their loving care. A special thanks to Marina and AJ for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Perpetual Education Fund at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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  • Glen was the first to greet us when we entered Canyon Road Towers in 2004. He couldn’t have been more gracious and helpful. I so appreciated our contact, whether in our own ward or seeing you two helping with the missionaries in their ward; greeting us in the hallway, or helping recruit service volunteers for the Rose Park school. He was always doing good–with a smile on his face that made one’s day brighter.

    — Gladys Farmer Fetzer
  • Dear Seely Family,

    Glen was a dear friend. I enjoyed playing tennis with him for several years. What a great guy!

    We extend our condolences to your sweet family at this tender time.

    I hope to see him again on the Royal Courts On High.

    — Keith Kunz
  • Glen was a great guy and always friendly and helpful when we were neighbors in Holladay. Sending love and prayers to the family

    — Cynthia Fuller (Keates)

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