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In Memory of

Glenn Ballard ELLIOTT

November 26, 1923 - June 16, 2017

Obituary


Glenn Ballard Elliott was born November 26, 1923 to Walter Glenn (Cap) Elliott & Maurine Ballard (Mauni) Elliott.



He lived on NE 35th & Knott St and attended Alameda Elementary School until his family moved to the old location of Portland Yacht Club (PYC) in 1931 when his father was hired as Port Captain. He attended Columbia Grade School, a three classroom school, beginning in third grade.



During his younger years his summers were filled with swimming in the Columbia River, playing on floating logs, riding bicycles and playing polo with...

Glenn Ballard Elliott was born November 26, 1923 to Walter Glenn (Cap) Elliott & Maurine Ballard (Mauni) Elliott.



He lived on NE 35th & Knott St and attended Alameda Elementary School until his family moved to the old location of Portland Yacht Club (PYC) in 1931 when his father was hired as Port Captain. He attended Columbia Grade School, a three classroom school, beginning in third grade.



During his younger years his summers were filled with swimming in the Columbia River, playing on floating logs, riding bicycles and playing polo with croquet mallets on bicycles in the PYC parking lot. As he got older he helped maintain the grounds and moorage by mowing grass (lots of it), removing floating debris from the river, painting railings, and building & repairing float buildings. Eventually he was allowed to run the work boat, “Tin Belle”, towing logs, moving boat houses and setting out buoys for sail boat races.



Glenn joined PYC as a Junior Member in 1939.



He attended Jefferson High School and graduated in June 1941. During his high school years he was involved in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Star (one merit badge short of Life), joined a high school fraternity, Alpha Phi, and met his high school sweetheart Lois Joyce Erickson.



In 1941 Glenn and his father joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, patrolling the Columbia River looking for illegal activity after Pearl Harbor was bombed. All volunteers were trained, issued uniforms and boats were painted dark grey with white hull identification numbers. Later in 1941 he enrolled in a semester at OSU.



On July 1, 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. By October 1944 he achieved the rank of Midshipman Cadet and was commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserves. On November 18, 1944 he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Erickson, in Florida just prior to shipping out as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy. (They remained married for almost 67 years, until Lois’s death in September 2011.) On May 26, 1945 he reported aboard the YMS (Yard Mine Sweeper) 370, and served exposing & destroying mines in the China Sea. He was honorably discharged from active duty on July 7, 1946.



After military service, they lived at 3234 NE Alberta St. Glenn enrolled at the University of Portland in September 1946, graduating with a Bachelor degree cum laude in May 1948. He went to work for Jantzen Knitting Mills in August 1948, retiring 35 years later in 1983. Son, Craig Eric, was born September 4, 1948 and daughter, Maureen Lee, was born June 7, 1952.



Glenn and Lois bought their first home and moved to 7813 SE Grant St in September 1954, where he lived for the next 60 years. He was active in Masonic Lodge & Scottish Rite for many years. He was also actively involved in the Jim Bridger PTA, Y Indian Guides, and Pack 8, Cub Scouts & Troop 8, Boy Scouts.



He enjoyed many other activities including bowling, camping, golfing and last but not least, sailing. He sailed competitively and for pleasure out of PYC for a gazillion years, sailing in many out-of-area races & regattas, including the 1959 Trans-Pac race to Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1969 Glenn & Lois purchased their first sail boat, a Cal 25, which they named Silver Fizz. That was only the beginning for them.



In 1973 came Aeolus, a C&C 30. Aeolus was named after one of his father’s boats. After the 1973 & 1974 racing seasons ended with Glenn & Lois and their family crew of 4 scoring 4-1st’s, 3-2nd’s, & 3-3rd’s, PYC/OCSA asked Glenn to be on the racing committee the following season (so someone else could win, maybe?) In addition to the family on deck, there were often underdeck crew members, grandchildren Karen & Doug, napping soundly in the forward berth.



In 1983, there was Consort, a 32’ Grand Banks. In 1987, was a 34’ Tollycraft. With the sale of the Tollycraft in 1989, they took a 28’ Carver and trailer in trade which was not to their liking. In 1990, after selling the Carver, they purchased their last boat, a 37’ Pacific Trawler, which they named Fair Tide after another of his father’s boats. In 1996 they made the difficult decision to sell the Fair Tide, as it was both physically and financially draining.



Glenn and Lois remained active members of PYC, chairing many committees over the years. In 1980 Glenn became PYC’s Commodore. Until his death, Glenn was the oldest living and longest tenure PYC member, with 78 years at the club.



Glenn volunteered waiting tables at the Hollywood Burger Bar, owned by his son and daughter-in-law, and eventually was put on the payroll in 2002. Although he was tired at the end of the day, he loved interacting with the customers and staff. The customers and staff loved him as well!



In June 2012, Glenn and his long-time friend, Jackie Willhite began dating, finding love and companionship in their later years. One of their favorite places to spend time was the Oregon Coast, which they did fairly often. They were fortunate to be able to enjoy each other’s company, loving and laughing together for 5 years.



In 2014 he downsized to an apartment in The Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, where he resided until his final hospitalization.



According to Glenn, “Life has treated me well – great family and good health. My children live close to me. Unfortunately, the same is not true of grandchildren & great-grandchildren. They are spread from Seattle & Portland, to Osteroy, Norway. I’ve sailed in the British Virgin Islands, the sea of Cortez, to Hawaii, and most of the Pacific Coast. I’ve cruised around 2/3 of Vancouver’s coast, the Gulf Islands (B.C. Canada), the San Juan Islands, Desolation Sound (B.C. Canada), the Columbia River from Astoria to Lewiston, Idaho, and a mail-boat trip up Hells Canyon. I’ve taken trips on cruise lines to Alaska and through the Panama Canal to Valparaiso, Chile.”



Glenn is preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Erickson) Elliott. He leaves behind his partner, Jackie Willhite; son, Craig (Inka) Elliott; daughter, Maureen (Rick) Pointer; grandchildren, Karen (Bjarte) Revheim; Douglas (Ryan) Tolonen, and Kirsten (David) Bellar; great-grandchildren, Thomas Tolonen, Kevin and Nicholas Revheim, Brandon Bellar, Alyson (Tyler) Hernandez, Grey and Gwendolyn VanOtten; great great-grandchild, Chelsea Hernandez; brother Jack Elliott and family; and sister-in-law, Jeanne Armstrong and family. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Portland Yacht Club, 1241 NE Marine Drive, Portland. In lieu of flowers the family suggests remembrances to the American Heart Association, Oregon Humane Society or Providence Hospice.