Glenn David Gunter passed away on December 3, 2018, in Salem, Oregon, after a long and brave fight with scleroderma. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, father-in-law, uncle, and friend, and will be remembered for his generosity, work ethic, endurance, direct conversations, and insistence to get on to whatever was next.
Glenn, or Dave, as he was known to many, was born on December 14, 1947, in Paradise, California, to Maxine Mercer and Walter Gunter. He graduated from Nestucca Union High School in Tillamook County, where he still holds track and field records. Glenn served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Korea. He received a criminal justice degree from Chemeketa Community College and attended Western Oregon University.
Glenn’s career was defined by his service to the State of Oregon, beginning as a member of the first security detail for the state capitol in 1970, followed by 26 years with the Oregon State Police. He was a beach cadet in Lincoln City; a recruit and trooper in Newport; a trooper and senior trooper in Salem; and finally, a sergeant and lieutenant/station commander in Roseburg. After retiring from OSP, Glenn worked 15 years as security manager for Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville.
Glenn was an athlete, and his passion for sports included track and field, long-distance running—including three marathons, with a personal best of 3:18—football, basketball, and biking. He was an early riser, and his favorite time of the day was morning, when he got to lace up his shoes and take his dogs for a walk.
Above all else, Glenn loved his family. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Ann Bullock, on June 19, 1969, and their marriage lasted nearly 50 years. Together they raised their daughter, Tara, and son, Keith, both of whom gave Glenn bragging rights, making him very proud. His grandchildren, Signe, Margot, and Kyle, brought immeasurable joy and light to Glenn’s life, especially during his last years.
Glenn is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren, along with his brother, Kelly Gunter; sister, Diane Adams; son-in-law, Jason Miner; daughter-in-law, Darcy Gunter; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed but has blessed many with wonderful memories to hold in his absence.
A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held at Howell, Edwards, Doerksen in Salem, Oregon, on December 8, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, Oregon Chapter.