Those who attended the April 25th CCRA breakfast were treated to Vicki, N6KLS, her brother Jose and Mary Jane, N6NVA in attendance. All were able to convey their condolences to the family and reflect on Glenn’s passing on April 20th.
If you didn’t already know, besides being a HAM, Glenn was quite the photographer and had his own website. Please enjoy the flier Vicki shared with us at the CCRA breakfast.
Glenn Gilbert Zumwalt
Born May 11, 1943-Died April 20, 2015
Resident of Bay Point
Glenn died unexpectedly at home following a lengthy spine surgery from a pulmonary embolism. He was happily married to his wife Vicki for 30 years. She is devastated and heartbroken to loose her soul mate, the love of her life. They both had in common Amateur Radio and were both FCC licensed Extra Class radio operators (he was KJ6EN), able to talk all over the world. They were world travelers spending time in Europe visiting over 10 countries and meeting Amateur Radio operators in these countries. They had a motor home they loved to travel in, spending time seeing the country and taking photographs. Glenn was a professional photographer. He loved taking photos, had his own website and sold his work to stock photo agencies in Spain and England. There was never a time that Glenn didn’t have a camera in his pocket and a tripod at his fingertips. He loved nature and wildlife photography and did beautiful work. During 2014-2015 Glenn was the Exalted Ruler for the Elks Lodge in Concord and had been a member of the Elks for 33 years. Vicki was his “first Lady” and they enjoyed meeting new friends through their grand lodge travels. Glenn and Vicki went to St. Mary’s College and received their Bachelor of Arts degrees together. He was a gourmet chef and people vied for invitations to their home for a “Chez Glenn” meal. He was an avid wine taster pairing food and wines for his guests. Glenn loved jazz music and played many instruments himself. He was a man of many talents, enjoying his two standard poodles, Bert the Perfect Poodle and Ace the Wild Dog, and always had his ipad with him. Vicki called him her Mr. Big Man and he called her Shorty. They loved doing everything together, and were each others best friend.
Glenn enjoyed water aerobics at Big C Athletic club on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and he loved his “harem” of swim companions. He talked about their antics in the pool and it brought him great joy, relieved the pain from his back issues and kept him in shape.
Glenn was born in Los Angeles, to Evelyn and Glenn Zumwalt and lived in Baker, Oregon and Spokane, Washington as he was growing up. He entered the Navy during the Vietnam War and worked on the Admirals Staff as a draftsman off the coast of Vietnam. Later in life he worked as a portrait photographer completing over 30,000 portrait settings. He then became a Mechanical Engineer designing heating and air conditioning systems. When he turned 55 he retired and never looked back at the work life, continuing to live life to the fullest. He had a booming laugh, a twinkle in his eye and a big smile and he will be sorely missed by; his wife Vicki, daughter & son in law, Rochelle & Mason Quesada, his only granddaughter, Meilani Quesada who she called her G-Pa, brother in law Jose Ayala, mother in law MaryJane Walker, Cousins Lee & Karen Hamilton, Gloria & Dale Freeman, Judy and Wayne Kovacevich, brother & sister in law Alan & Melody Zumwalt and niece Amber Mark and her family.
At this time memorial service arrangements are being planned for mid June.