Glen Ellis Banner, age 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on October 22, 2019 in Meridian, Idaho. Born April 8, 1933 in Burley, Idaho, to Clarence LeRoy & Olevia Hymas Banner, Glen spent the last 53 years of his life in Ontario, Oregon.
Glen grew up in Declo, Idaho, learning to work at an early age on the family farm. After high school, he met and married the girl of his dreams, Ann Wheeler of Burley, Idaho. After graduating with a degree in Agriculture from Utah State University, he taught high school agriculture in Yerington, Nevada.
Changes in employment led them to Nampa, Idaho, later settling in Ontario, Oregon, where he taught Agriculture at Ontario High School. He went on to start two different business ventures—first, a tire store, and later a consulting business providing customized soil and dairy nutrition supplements to local farmers and dairies. He spent the last five years of his career in the insurance industry.
Glen and Ann welcomed eight children, who were the focal point of his life. He frequently coached his sons’ little league teams and made sure all seven sons completed their Eagle Scout awards. He will always be remembered for his strong work ethic, unconditional love, big hugs, well-used dad-jokes, skillful poetry reading, animated story-telling, and unique sayings.
A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he served in many capacities including 6-1/2 years as Bishop, and later as a Scoutmaster, leading dozens of boys to earn their Eagle Scout Award (23 in one year alone), earning the Silver Beaver Award for 25 years of distinguished service to Scouting. Glen and Ann also served full-time missions in South Africa and Salt Lake City. His constant acts of service to others blessed countless lives. Whether someone needed advice, a refrigerator moved—or their whole house--he would drop everything and give his undivided time and attention until the need was fully met.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, brother Earl, son Kris, and grandsons, Abram and Kyler. He is survived by his wife Ann, children Jone (Scott) Hansen, Alan (Linda), Darrell (Claudie), Scott (Lisa), Neil (Diane), Kent (Marshiela), and Kevin (Melanie) Banner, 46 grandchildren, and 61 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1705 NW 4th Ave., Ontario, OR 97914. A viewing will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. with the service following at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Parkview Cemetery in New Plymouth, services are under the direction of The Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
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