West of Cahone, Colorado existed a small homestead, home of Fletch and Winnie Glazner. It was a site of hard work, clearing ground and farming dryland pinto beans and wheat.
Three children already formed this precious family, but November 28, 1931, there was the birth of a special child. His name was John but was known affectionately as “Johnny” to all the family and neighbors. John Howard Glazner was the fifth child of eight. He used to say being a middle child meant he couldn’t go with the big kids because he was too young, and couldn’t go with the younger kids because he was too old. All his siblings said it was opposite; he got to go with both because he was the oldest of the younger three and the youngest of the other four. The Glazner children were always very close and remained that way all through their long lives, taking pride of all living over 80 years of age.
John grew up very fast, working at various jobs at an early age. In 1950, at age 19, John joined the U.S. Navy. He and several friends joined at the same time and all went to boot camp together. Four of them were assigned to the heavy cruiser, the USS Helena (CA75), flagship of the 7th fleet during the Korean War. They served four years aboard her, and were great buddies. John, Leo Lewis, Carl Armstrong and Ray Dennison were like brothers.
While home on leave, January 21, 1952, John married the love of his life, Barbara Wooton. He was 20, she 17. That was 66 years ago. They spent four months together in Long Beach, John then went over-seas, serving as mount captain on a five inch gun mount as Gunners Mate 3rd class. He served several missions after that.
His first child, Karen Elois, was born during one of his trips abroad. He was discharged in 1954.
John, with his small family, moved back to Cahone, working in the oil industry in New Mexico, the Coop at Pleasant View among other things. Steven John was born during this time. A short time later John took another adventure, moving back to California. While looking for work there, he happened to apply at Lupo Rug Care, a carpet cleaning business. They said they hired him because he was so colorful in his cowboy boots, western clothes and cowboy hat! They became good friends and John worked there several years. He was the first one in the state of California to graduate from the California Rug Cleaning Institute. The institute had a nice ceremony and gave him a plaque for being the First.
Our daughter, DeAnna Daurice was added to the family during that time.
Missing Colorado and family, John moved back to Cahone, taking over the management of Basin Petroleum service station, a Phillips gas station in Cahone. While living there, his precious Daurice passed away at the age of twenty months.
Moving then to Pleasant View to Barbara’s grandparents “house on the hill” John started farming beans and wheat. Buying more ground he farmed around 800 acres. His family all worked hard during those days, and to keep the farm going he and Barb added extra jobs. Gib and Terri were both born while they were farming, completing their family.
As things in life moved along, as they do, John’s destiny began to unfold.
Barbara took a job as dispatcher at the Sheriff’s office. This spurred John’s interest in law enforcement. John applied for a deputy job under Clarence Williams and attended the academy at Golden, Colorado. He came back to join the Sheriff department which consisted of the Sheriff, Under Sheriff, Deputy and John, a jailer and wife to attend the jail twenty-four hours.
John soon worked his way to investigator, Captain, Under Sheriff and the appointed Sheriff by the County Commissioners, serving as Sheriff for nearly nine years. Sheriff John they called him. He was a good, caring and determined Sheriff, and everyone loved him.
After retiring from Montezuma County Sheriff, John tried a little real estate at Coldwell Bankers, but then went to work at the Ute Mountain Casino in the poker room, and retiring for good in 2000.
John and Barb enjoyed spending winters in Bouse, Arizona for thirteen years where they acquired many wonderful friends and new experiences in the desert.
John was a born again Christian. He loved the Lord and anyone around him knew of his “reservation in Heaven.” He was the first to say let’s pray, all would join hands prior to trips times of trouble that anyone may have.
We know he is finally talking face to face with his savior, loving his daughter Daurice and his brother Harold. We will miss him so much, saying “I’m not going to talk anymore” when he’d finish a story.
John is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Glazner of Cortez; by his children, Karen Elois DeMayo (Eddie) of Arizona, Steve Glazner (Kathy) and Gib Glazner (Suzzette) of Cortez, Terri Fletcher (Clint) of Montrose; his grandchildren, Jerry and Dustin Barker, Lisa (Glazner) Wells, Cody and, Scotty Glazner, Mindy and Tori Glazner, Travis and Shane Fletcher and Ron Barker; as well as ten wonderful great grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Deanna Daurice and his brother Harold Bob.