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Glenn Gardner

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Glen Gardner died of cancer while he was in high school -- I think in his senior year. Such a loss at such a young age, very sad for everyone in our class, we had a memorial assembly. 
From: Kristine Barker Williams

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06/03/10 12:12 PM #1    

David (Willie) Gardner (1971)

As the youngest of three boys, my perspective on Glenn is from the little brother whose big brother "could do anything."  Most of the early memories of us Gardner boys was associated with either football or baseball.  I know it's not true that we grew up on a football or baseball field, but it sure felt like it.  Even today, writing this, I am filled with emotion as I think back to Brookhurst Little League or Pop Warner Football.

Glenn Gardner was to graduate with the Garden Grove High School class of 1968.  He died on August 17,1967. 

In simple terms Glenn suffered from lymphatic system cancer which filled his body in a very short time.  In the fall of 1966 while playing as a junior quarterback, Glenn was injured with a broken collarbone.  Routine tests revealed that something was amis in his system and it looked like cancer.  It was cancer.

From that moment on till the day he breathed his last, Glenn learned about his newly found Christian faith in Jesus Christ, and about struggling to live life.  He bore the burden of seven surgeries in those ten months. This guy who could do anything on a football field, now struggled to live every day life in the simplest of terms.

In the last week of Glenn's life I remember him wanting to leave the hospital and to go home, to die there. So into the middle bedroom of our three bedroom home he came. Glenn asked us to pray for something now other than healing, he wanted to go home to Heaven now.  "Please pray for that."  So we did.

I remember the day like yesterday.  Donnie and I had gone surfing in the morning at the "cliffs" of Hunington Beach.  The conditions were "blown out."  So we came home early.  We were all in our home together as Leroy Glenn Gardner breathed his last on this earth.  Not many die with a smile on his face.  He did.

David "Willie" Gardner

06/23/10 08:41 AM #2    

Scott Hoganson (1969)

Glenn indeed was an incredible athlete who would likely have gone on to college fame.  I remember him at Lampson Junior High School where he was elected President of the school.  He had it all; smart, athletic, a leader, good looks, and a great family.   His loss at such a young age was a shock to all of us who knew him.  I'm thrilled to read that he accepted Christ as his Saviour and we'll be sharing eternity in the new Kingdom.

07/31/10 11:50 PM #3    

Maureen Hassard (Phraner) (1969)

Dearest Willie,

I attended Evans, Lampson and GGHS with all you 'Gardner Boys' (graduated with Donnie) and always admired your entire family, including all your cousins.  From what I remember, there were enough males to complete an entire football team, right?  

I have vivid memories of going to 'tent revivals' with Leah Hopper, and hearing Glenn's inspirational messages.  My beloved father passed away unexpectedly just weeks before Glenn's passing, and I still remember how I felt like the planet had fallen off its axis at the time.

Please know that many of us remember all of you boys, and that we wish you well.

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