William Powell "Bill" Glenn Jr.

October 7, 1959 - September 23, 2017
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In the early morning hours of Saturday, September 23, 2017, William Powell “Bill” Glenn, Jr. passed into his eternal rest. Bill was born to Powell and Erin Glenn in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 7, 1959.  He traveled all over the world with his parents and sister, Tracy, as his father honorably served in the United States Air Force.  He attended Seoul American High School in Korea, graduating in 1977.  He then joined his beloved Aggies at The Marine Academy at Texas A&M Galveston, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and where he lived all four years on the Texas Clipper.  He then joined the Merchant Marines and worked hard to obtain his Master’s License, unlimited tonnage, by the age of 27.  He enjoyed life at sea for many years, ending that period as the Captain of an oil rig in the North Sea.

Then he was called to enter the legal profession. He was accepted to Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, New Hampshire, where he would enter in the Fall of 1989.  He left his post on the oil rig and needed a job just until he started law school in August.  That need led him to the Galveston County District Clerk’s office where he worked from March until August of 1989.  During that time, he met a fellow worker, Doryn Danner, passing thru on her way to law school.  They worked side by side all summer, surrounded by co-workers and friends who could see that theirs was more than a passing friendship.  They could see that these two were falling in love.  Indeed, by the end of that summer they started dating, then entered law school.  In the true definition of a “long distance relationship”, she attended law school at Louisiana State University and he took his place at Franklin Pierce in New Hampshire.  In the days before texts and emails, these two enjoyed an old-fashioned love story.  They spoke on the phone each day, and wrote many, many notes and letters.  They learned that distance doesn’t matter if the love is strong and present.  They became engaged in 1991, graduated from law school in 1992, and married in 1993.  Within a few years they welcomed their first child, Bailey Allison, then a few years later the Lord blessed them with another child, Jackson Powell.  In the years that followed, Bill practiced law, primarily maritime and intellectual property, and was known in the Galveston County legal community as a man of honor and integrity.  He spent his entire career at Royston, Rayzor, Vickery and Williams, one of the oldest and most prestigious maritime law firms in the State of Texas.  He was recognized for his many legal achievements and was named as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2014 to 2017.  He served on numerous legal councils and boards and published countless legal writings.  He was also a trained mediator.  He served as the President of the Galveston County Bar Association, and the Chairman of the Galveston County Bar Foundation, the Chairman of the Galveston County Mediation Services Board, to name a few.  Bill also offered his legal services free of charge to many local charitable organizations, helping them solve issues so they could achieve their noble goals.

Bill was an adjunct professor at the Marine Academy at Texas A&M in Galveston, teaching maritime law, marine insurance and other courses over the last 16 years. His students enjoyed their time with “Captain Glenn”, especially the end of semester pizza party that he hosted for each and every class.

Beyond his professional involvements, his true passion was scouting. He was an Eagle Scout and he made sure that his son began to participate in scouting at an early age.  He assumed control of Boy Scouts of America Troop 123 in 2014, taking the reins from the beloved Donnie Rouse.  He enjoyed many adventures with his son and the other scouts, including the Northern Tier in Canada, Florida Sea Base, Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and the National Boy Scout Jamboree just a few weeks ago in West Virginia.  He was passionate about scouting, and that passion was evident to anyone that met him.

Bill was a devoted husband and father. He was supportive of his wife and children in all ways and at all times.  His family was his top priority.  He attended countless sporting events and dance recitals.  He put on a tuxedo and attended galas and social events with his wife with a smile on his face.  He was loving, gentle, patient, kind and respectful.  His spirit and goodness will live on through them.

Bill is survived by his wife of 24 years, Doryn Danner Glenn; his daughter, Bailey Glenn; his son, Jackson Glenn; his parents, Powell and Erin Glenn; his sister, Tracey Stevens, and husband, Mark; his nephew, Michael Stevens; his nieces, Isa and Ivy Danner; mother-and-father-in-law, Jack and Vera Danner; and his brothers-in-law, Andrew Danner, and wife Valerie, and James Danner and wife, Thuy. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Red and Fletcher Anderson; his paternal grandparents, Ohle and Joe G. Glenn, Sr.; his uncle, Joe G. Glenn, Jr.; and his precious niece, Helen Elizabeth Stevens.

Services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Galveston, Texas on Friday, September 29, 2017, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., services at noon and a reception to follow.

Memorials can be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop 123 or First Lutheran Church at 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas 77550.

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Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 9:30 am

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Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

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Born: October 7, 1959
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Captain M.H.K. "Manny" Aschemeyer posted on 11/27/17

From all of us at The Council of American Master Mariners (where "Cap'n Bill" had been a member since 1994) we send our deepest condolences on the loss of our friend and shipmate. He will be sorely missed here at CAMM -- as well as at the Texas Maritime Academy on the TAMUG campus in Galveston, Texas (where he was a respected and admired instructor for many years at his Alma Mater). May God rest his soul forevermore. Sincerely and respectfully -- Captain M.H.K. "Manny" Aschemeyer, BSc, MNI; Licensed Master Mariner (O-AGT); CAMM # 1548-RU; National Secretary and Treasurer for CAMM; phone: 951-767-3037; email: [email protected]


Eddie Northcutt posted on 10/4/17

What a wonderful tribute to an obviously great man. My thoughts and prayers are with Doryn and the family at this time.


Keith Letourneau posted on 10/2/17

Dear Mrs. Glenn, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband, Bill. I'm sorry I could not make the service last Friday, but I had previously committed to speak at the UT Admiralty Seminar in Houston just about the time his service was set to start. Bill and I had a case many years ago that took us to Hong Kong where we dealt with dense engineering-related depositions for a week while we were trying to deal with German, Japanese and Chinese accents and dialects. After the depositions ended, we still had a day or two left before our flights returned us to the States. He and I took the vernicular up to Victoria Peak, enjoyed the vista and a lovely dinner at the top, toured the island, and the next day took a train to an outer island where we rode a cable car out to a giant Buddha monument. We also crossed the bay to Kowloon and enjoyed dinner while watching the marvelous light show off the skyscrapers in Hong Kong. I don't recall much, if anything about those depositions, but I will never forget those last 2 days with Bill. He was a true professional in every sense of the word, and a tremendously good man. This world is a much lesser place without him. Sincerely, Keith Letourneau


Terri & James Orsulich posted on 9/30/17

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill. Our thoughts are with all of you. May your happy memories lessen grief.


Frances Gambino posted on 9/29/17

Doryn, Bailey & Jackson, Our prayers are with you in this difficult & strenuous time. We love you. Jerry, Frances & family


Frances Gambino posted on 9/29/17

Doryn, Bailey & Jackson, Our prayers are with you thru this strenuous and difficult time. We love you. Jerry , Frances and family


Bob Milligan posted on 9/29/17

So sorry for you loss...he will be missed..


Stacey Hiser-LaTouche posted on 9/29/17

God bless and keep this family in your arms


The Hebert Family posted on 9/28/17

Your memory will always live on in our hearts.


Kenneth Dagins posted on 9/28/17

He was had a good heart, Big Smile. He will truly be missed.


Barbara Clark posted on 9/27/17

I am so sorry to hear this sad news -- Bill was such a wonderful person and a great colleague -- he will be very missed --- I am sorry not to be able to be present at the service but you are all in my thoughts and prayers -- Barbara Clark


Ward Family posted on 9/27/17

"Please accept my sympathy as mourn the passing of Mr. Glenn, I pray for your strength to bear this sad event we all face at some point in our lives. How wonderful it will be when death, sickness, and pain we be things of the past. That hope has kept me going when I have suffered a loss and I pray that hope will sustain you all as well at this time." Isaiah 33:24, 1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 21:4,


Wyvonne Langford posted on 9/27/17

Doryn, Bailey, Jackson and family, I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Bill's passing! I am blessed to have known and worked with Bill. My heart aches for you and I will be keeping you all in my prayers. Sincerely, Wyvonne Langford


Childhood Cancer Connection posted on 9/27/17

A true loss to the community indeed. Our organization, Childhood Cancer Connection, Inc. , was one of those charitable organizations that Bill assisted. He helped us not once, but twice and each time it was with great pleasure and without hesitation. We will miss him. Rest In Peace our dear friend. We will remember you at our 2018 Summer Camp. -Childhood Cancer Connection


Valerie Millican posted on 9/27/17

What a beautiful life and love story that lives. Doryn, you are graced each day with the remembrance of what your and Bill's love brought into this world, Bailey and Jackson. Truly they are "mini-me's" of their parents (not in appearance alone but in character as well). Many hearts are heavy with grief but in time I pray you and your family find refuge by remembering one of the greatest love stories unfold before our very lives. When one gives all of whom they are, their legacy survives and surpasses time and memorial. Bill lived by this commitment. May God grant you peace and shower his love upon all of you.


Rebecca and Aaron Hogan posted on 9/27/17

Sending love to bailey, Jackson and Doryn. Sending condolences for your loss!


Maria Luisa Villarreal posted on 9/27/17

My Deepest Condolences. Praying for the family.


Javier Gonzalez posted on 9/27/17

I am so sorry for your loss and send prayers for Bill. May he be in peace and God bless you all during this difficult time. - Mireille and Javier Gonzalez


Nancy Murphy posted on 9/27/17

What a wonderful life he lived! Although I did not know him, I am certain his presence will be truly missed by all those lives he touched in his short time on earth. God Bless to Dorynn and her family.


Tracy Petermann posted on 9/27/17

I am truly sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts.


Pamela Petty posted on 9/27/17

His patience and skill when working with our young Cub Scouts is something I will always remember. His leadership is something that is truly admirable and appreciated


Jennifer Cooper posted on 9/27/17

Doryn, Bailey and Jackson, I am so very heartbroken for you. It is such a shock to hear of such a tragic loss. I know the past few days and days still to come will be the most trying and exhausting. I know the heartache you feel as everyone else seems to go about their lives. I know there is nothing anyone can say to make you feel better. We love you and we will be praying for you. -Mark, Jennifer and Cannon Cooper


Jeanne Schultz posted on 9/27/17

Words cannot describe the sadness I feel for the Glenn Family My prayers are with you all may GOD hold you in his hands with love and peace. Love from all the Schultz Family


Margarita Sims posted on 9/26/17

Sending love and prayers. I can't imagine. Just want to give y'all a long, tight hug.


Patricia McDonald posted on 9/26/17

Bill was a wonderful leader and inspiration for our scouts. Please accept my deepest sympathy at you loss. May you find peace and comfort knowing he is resting in the arms of OUR LORD.


Robert Buckner posted on 9/26/17

My deepest sympathy to the Glenn family and friends.


RANDELL DRINKWATER posted on 9/26/17

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this trying time. I will always remember our times in Gilwell, but will not forget a chance meeting in Azeroth.


Andy Tirpak posted on 9/26/17

Ahhh Bill my friend . . . Softly falls the light of day, While our campfire fades away. I remember our climb to the summit of Mount Phillips in New Mexico during our trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch. We climbed high that day my friend and someday I will once again meet you at the Summit! Andy T


Trudy Deen Davis posted on 9/26/17

Doryn, Gary and I are heartbroken for your loss. You're a dear heart and wish I had words of comfort. Know you are loved by many.


Carol Anderson posted on 9/26/17

We are absolutely heartbroken at the loss of such a beautiful life. I have always been so proud of Bill, his talents and accomplishments. He was a kind and gentle soul. He used every talent God gave him and left this world a better place. Erin, Powell, Doryn, Bailey and Jackson, our most heartfelt condolences. Remember that your loss is shared by many friends who care and that you're in our thoughts and hearts and in our every prayer May you find the courage to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today. With all our Love, Carol & Chuck Anderson


Eric Steele posted on 9/25/17

Hearing this news was absolutely crushing. Bill was just one of the good guys of the world and I very much enjoyed working with him through Scouting while in Galveston. To his family, friends and Troop 123...I wish you the very best as you celebrate his wonderful life, and navigate the difficult days ahead without him. He'll indeed be missed!


David Kaplan posted on 9/25/17

Dear Doryn, Bailey, Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Danner, Mr. and Mrs. William Glenn, Sr. and extended family, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a nice person, a family man who loved his family, a great lawyer and educator. Bill left us way too early. He left this world a better place and he made a difference! I will miss him very much! Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Holly Marie Howard posted on 9/25/17

Dear Doryn, we are so sad for your lost. May God strengthen you and your children during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Richard and Holly Howard