Glenn Maynard died on June 17th, 2017. He was 80 years old and left this earth peacefully on his back porch with his beloved wife Donna by his side. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 20th, 2017. They met while in high school in Kamiah, Idaho; he was captain of the football team and she was head cheerleader and they married soon after in 1957 and have been devoted to each other for a lifetime. He was a handsome, kind, funny and loving husband to his wife and a wonderful family man.
Glenn was born in Grangeville, Idaho on August 28th, 1936 to parents Grace Painter Maynard and Lowell (Babe) Maynard of Slate Creek, Idaho. The family, including siblings Georgene, Jim and Lyle, moved to Kamiah in 1940. Glenn and his brothers loved nothing more than fly fishing the cold Idaho rivers and streams with their dad, Babe Maynard, when he wasn’t working on building roads or running a sawmill. Glenn was full of stories of his mother Grace cooking three meals a day for the logging crew with his sister, Georgene, helping.
Glenn attended Kamiah High School and was very involved in school. He was Student Body President and excelled and lettered in every sport. He loved playing all sports and was captain of more than one team. He often told stories about playing against his good friend and Kooskia High School rival, Stan Ball.
After Glenn’s high school graduation, he attended U of I for one year, majoring in business. Glenn then joined his dad, Lowell (Babe) Maynard, in the logging business. Donna and Glenn started their family when their daughter Crystal was born in 1958. He went to work for General Tire in Moscow where their daughter Terri and son Alan were born in 1960 and 1962. As a store manager, Glenn moved his family to Burlington, Washington where with his brother, Lyle, he bought a retreading tire store. The family then moved to Missoula, Montana in 1970 where Glenn owned and managed multiple tire and auto body stores. They built a house in Missoula and sold the business in 1977 and Glenn worked on the Alaskan Pipeline on the North Slope for Veco and Goodyear for 7 years. Glenn’s brother Jim and son Alan also worked on the pipeline in the 70’s.
After that, they moved to Slate Creek to live on a 2 ½ acre place his brother Jim owns. Glenn enjoyed being back at home at Slate Creek, taking care of the property, hanging out in the Hippie Kitchen with Jim, family and friends. Glenn loved to grow tomatoes, had huge gardens and together they all had many happy years canning fruits and vegetables and fishing.
In 2004 Glenn suffered the terrible loss of his eldest daughter, Crystal and his grandson, John. But Glenn and Donna’s joy of life enabled them to carry on.
They traveled to California many times to visit daughter, Terri, her husband, Tom and granddaughter Ginger, staying frequently at the wonderful Hawk House cabin on Rubicon Bay at Lake Tahoe and vacationed in Mexico.
Glenn loved hunting deer and elk during many horseback trips in the Idaho and Montana mountains with his family and friends throughout his life, but in his later years, instead of hunting, he cut up apples to feed the Slate Creek deer herds.
Everyone who knew Glenn Maynard loved and respected the man. Glenn had a terrific dry sense of humor and a great capacity to deliver a telling comment at the right time. In his later years Glenn acquired the aura of an elder statesman and younger family members respected his opinion very much.
Glenn was a legendary fly fisherman and enjoyed camping out and trout fishing on the beautiful Selway, Clearwater, and Lochsa rivers with family and friends. Of course, he could just as easily step out his back door and stroll over to the famous Slate Creek trout hole past the Hippy Kitchen and Jim’s trailer and catch a few for dinner. Nobody could skate a dry fly across the riffles and entice a large cutthroat or rainbow to strike the way Glenn could! But true to form he was self-deprecating and typically modest regarding his talent. Glenn also loved to fish for the big salmon outside the Golden Gate Bridge and up the Marin County coast on his daughter Terri’s 27’ cruiser Nightingale. Glenn fished in Mexico for dorado, marlin and yellowtail tuna. He caught steelhead on the Salmon River and grayling in Montana. Heck, no fish felt safe when Glenn was around.
Like the fine athlete he was, Glenn loved to watch professional sports on the tube in his “western room” and rarely missed a game, often discussing the games with his son, Alan in Missoula. He especially enjoyed football and golf. Glenn attended numerous golf tournaments in California including the President’s Cup at Harding Park and the Pro Am at Pebble Beach. The Pebble Beach trip was a high point as it was Arnold Palmer’s final tournament. Glenn was a great fan of Arnie’s and complemented him on a tricky birdie putt on the 15th green. Arnie walked over and the two of them chatted for a while, Glenn telling him that he’d been enjoying Arnie’s career since 1960 and had traveled out from Idaho to see him play. Arnold asked Glenn if it was hot in Idaho and Glenn said, “Damn right it is”. Arnie sent Glenn several autographed pictures that he proudly hung.
Glenn had a great appreciation of the American west, and was extremely knowledgeable about the Nez Perce wars and the local history of the towns and counties of Idaho and Montana, including the Slate Creek property. He loved to read Louis L’Amour and James Lee Burke and always had a good book going. He was also known to enjoy an old western on the TV. Glenn also loved to listen to his country music while driving over the White Bird Grade and the Camas Prairie. He loved old silver coins and collected them over the years.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Donna Maynard of Slate Creek, Idaho; his daughter, Terri Cummings and son-in-law Tom Cummings of San Rafael, California; his son, Alan Maynard and his daughter-in-law Mary Maynard of Missoula, Montana.
Grandchildren include Sabrina Masaraweh of Petaluma, Calif., Jared Maynard of Missoula, Montana and Ginger Nelson of San Rafael, Calif. and great grandson, Bodie Bagely of Petaluma, Calif.
His siblings are Georgene Wilkins of Slate Creek, Idaho and Jim Maynard of Potlach, Idaho. Multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins still reside in Idaho and elsewhere.
He is predeceased by his parents, Grace Maynard, of Kamiah, Idaho and Lowell (Babe) Maynard, of Slate Creek, Idaho; his brother, Lyle Maynard, of Lewiston, Idaho; his daughter, Crystal Nelson and grandson John Schmeichel of Boise, Idaho.
A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held next spring at Slate Creek Recreational Site Park. The date is TBD and will be announced. Glenn was a strong, kind, hardworking and a fun-loving person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His favorite song lyric was “there are only three things in this life that are worth a solitary dime, and that’s old dogs, little children and watermelon wine”.
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