OBITUARY

Joe Glenn Mears

January 18, 1928February 10, 2021
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Joe G Mears was born in Levelland, Texas to Ida Mae and Joe Mears on January 18, 1928. He and his brother Dewey worked on the family farm picking cotton and as he would tell it "walking to school, uphill both ways, barefoot, in two feet of snow after milking all the cows." He enrolled in the Army ROTC program and graduated from Texas A&M in 1949 with a degree in Agronomy.

Joe served his country for twenty-seven years. He was a veteran of two wars – Korea (1951) where he was awarded two purple hearts, and Vietnam (1969) where he was a battalion commander. Joe was sent to Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1962; returned to Korea in 1963; attended Tulane University from 1964-65 earning his Master’s in Business Administration; was stationed at the Pentagon working for the Comptroller of the Army from 1965 -72; his final tour was as Professor of Military Science at the University of Kansas from 1972-75.

Joe retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1975 and went to law school at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1978. After graduation, he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he practiced law for 15 years. Never one to just sit around, after Joe closed is law practice, he volunteered his time at his daughter Laura’s business, The Fig Leaf. There, Joe cut fabric, visited with customers, attended trade shows, and kept the store books. He was a constant fixture at The Fig Leaf for over 30 years and was still asking if he was needed at the store until a few weeks before his passing.

Joe married the love of his life, Miriam Cain, July 1, 1953. Two daughters came from this union – Angela in 1954 and Laura in 1957. Angela presented him with two granddaughters – Amanda in 1984 and Ariana in 1986. Amanda gave him great grandchildren – James in 2012, Jackson in 2014 and Sienna in 2019. Joe lived for his family, each generation holding a special place in his heart. You could see the pride and love in his eyes whenever his family was around.

Joe is survived by his wife, Miriam; daughter, Laura and her husband Rob Shotwell; granddaughters, Amanda Clark, Ariana Clark, and their spouses Joshua Willis and Dustin Gardner; and great grandchildren, James, Jackson and Sienna Willis. He was preceded in death by his daughter Angela.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rob Shotwell, Pallbearer
  • Dustin Gardner, Pallbearer
  • Joshua Willis, Pallbearer
  • James Willis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jackson Willis, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Don & Crystal Mears

February 17, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Aunt Miriam, Laura and Rob , and family. Uncle Glenn will be sorely missed. Crystal and I are so glad we got to be with you before he passed. The photo is one of our favorite reunions. Your family is very special to us. Our deepest sympathies.

Don Mears

February 17, 2021

My Dad, Dewey Mears, was always proud of his brother Glenn. I always took the opportunity when visiting Dad to ask about Uncle Glenn. He would tell me about Uncle Glenn's accomplishments in the Army and his civilian life as a lawyer. Saying "thank you for your service" is not enough. He put his life on the line for the protection of all of us. He was dedicated to his profession and especially to his family.
This photo is a cherished memory of Dad and Uncle Glenn.

Glenda Caskey

February 16, 2021

Our Uncle Glenn held a special place in our hearts. He had tremendous integrity, a love for his family, and a terrific sense of humor that continues to bring us fond memories. We've always been proud to call him our Uncle and friend.

Our love to Miriam and may you continue to be blessed and surrounded by your loving and beautiful family.

Jim Vick

February 16, 2021

First of all, my sincere condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of practicing law with Joe (and Miriam as secretary) in the old post office bldg in downtown Ft Collins. I was a young attorney just starting out in Colorado and Joe was a good mentor & helped me get started. We shared an office & worked side -by-side. In those early days, I enjoyed visiting with him about our common Texas heritage. Sincerely Jim & Patty Vick

Steve Young

February 14, 2021

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Col Mears' 27 years of distinguished service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Audrey Owens

February 10, 2021

Oh, my heart is breaking. Joe was a truly nice person, someone who I really enjoyed and who made such an impression on my son Riley. Miriam, Laura, my heart is with you and your family.💕

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