It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Glenn Edward Selander.
Glenn was born in Houston, Texas to Oscar and Lillian Selander. He was the oldest of six children. Glenn graduated high school in Houston and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. This is where he met his first wife and the mother of his two sons, Carolyn Whiteside. Glenn earned his Master of Arts degree at Utah State University and went on to do postgraduate work at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and considered a career in the ministry, becoming an ordained deacon in the Methodist Church.
Glen eventually took a teaching job and joined the faculty at Utah State University where he taught in the English Department. In 1966 he and his family moved to Boise after accepting a teaching position at Boise State University where he remained in the English Department until his retirement in 2002.
Throughout Glenn’s life, his interest in civil and human rights was evident through his political service in Idaho. He served on the Boise City Council in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, serving as council president and chairman of the Ada County Planning Association. As a councilman, he helped develop the city's Metro land-use plan, adopt the Boise River Plan and extend the Greenbelt. Glenn helped found the North End Neighborhood Association; the Boise Valley Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and served for 10 years on the Idaho Commission on Human Rights. Glenn was also very involved with The Idaho Shakespeare Festival and served as a trustee.
In 1990 Glenn married Linda Black. They enjoyed 30 Years of marriage and many adventures around the world. For two years they had the opportunity to live in England where Linda’s job took them. While living in England, Glenn taught our American Air Force and Navy troops for the University of Maryland. Living in England offered them several opportunities to travel to many European countries and the Middle East.
In addition to teaching and politics, Glenn loved to fill his time reading books. A Tony Hillerman book was never too far from Glenn’s reach. He had a life-long passion for learning and he loved to travel and study the histories of the places he visited. Glenn also enjoyed photography, fishing, camping, going to movies at the Flicks. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Glenn really missed the frequent lunch dates with his close friends that abruptly came to an end.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Brian Selander, sister Lenora Schlamp, son Timothy Selander, and granddaughter Montana Pulver. He is survived by his wife Linda Selander of Boise; his son, Andrew Selander, daughter-in-law, Ann and their children, Allyson and Anderson, all of Boise; his grandson, Travis Selander, his wife and children, Amanda, Chayston, Kyler and Kinsey; his step-daughter, Carey Black and her partner, Shawn Yim; his step-son, Steven Black and his wife Tracy and children Amelia and Atticus; his step-daughter, LeeAnn Bywaters and her husband Collin and children Clara and Forrest; his brother Leslie Selander and sister-in-law Carroll; sisters Karen Selander and Ilene Evans and three nieces and two nephews.
Due to safety concerns, memorial services will be postponed.
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