John Glenn Hall, 71, a great and sincere friend too many of us in Idaho and beyond, died in his home, of natural causes, during the night of September 8. John was very authentic, a gentleman, kind and thoughtful, and always willing to help others in times of need. He had the spirit of a true entrepreneur. As an adult he never held a job outside of his own making and imagination. Some would say John was more than a bit eccentric, which holds true, but that eccentricity was built on a deep and genuine caring for the earth, family and friends. Being a part of his large circle of friends was a delightful experience for all who had the honor of being so. John was born to Glenn and Mildred Hall in Lewiston, Idaho in 1948. He graduated from Lewiston High School and then the University of Idaho with a BS in Physics the spring of 1971. He then moved to the North End of Boise in the 1970s and lived there until his death. For the past 40 years, his work focused mostly on video depositions, but his savant and passion were in photography. He captured people being people with simple technique that became keepsakes for many. Dr. Hallenstein, or Doc, as he was known, enjoyed multiple activities with friends. From bowling with the Church of the Fallen Pins, Digital Lunch, Manley in Stanley, Bacon Fridays, Sunday breakfasts and guest appearances at multiple gatherings, he always made time for the people he loved. John took great joy in riding his recumbent bike and Harley Davidson. Putting on thousands of miles with family and friends was a past time John was very fond of. And God, he took a lot of photos! He was proud to be on the University of Idaho’s College of Science Advisory Board, and was a devoted Alumni. John took such pride in his work and was more than successful in creating joy with everything he did and was always finding ways to make people smile and laugh. John was an amazing Brother, Uncle, Great Uncle, and friend to all. John is survived by his Sister Helen, nephews John and Charles Hanzel, niece-in-law Rhonda, and great nieces Kayla and Alexis. John will be sorely missed by his family and large community of friends, but his thoughts, ideas and stories will live on with us. Such is the legacy of a life well and fully lived. Thank you, John!
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Idaho Humane Society or the University of Idaho.
A visitation will be held for John on Thursday, September 12, beginning at 10am in the Gibson Chapel of Cloverdale Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service in Cloverdale Memorial Park at 11am.