L. Glenn Hays, 92, former English teacher and wrestling coach at Burns High School, passed away March 3 in Aurora, Colo., of natural causes.
Glenn was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Longdale, Okla., to Hobart and Pearl (McCormick) Hays. In 1941, he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Later, he took part in the D-Day invasion of Europe. Once the war was over, he completed high school in Hennessey, Okla. There he met his future wife, Beverly Baines. They were married in 1947.
After finishing college at Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University), he and Beverly moved to Oregon, where Glenn taught and coached at Nehalem, Scappoose, Beaverton, Burns (1957-1963) and Bend high schools. He was a master teacher and a successful coach. His best wrestling squad, at Burns, finished second in the state in 1962. His winning teams sparked a resurgence in Hilander athletics that continues to this day.
Glenn and his family lived in Bend from 1963-1993. Following Beverly’s death, he eventually settled in Aurora, Colo.
He is survived by his son, Rev. Vance Hays, of Portland; his daughter, Dixie Hays Sexton, of Bend; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, in 1993; and his brother, Darrell, in 2014.
Disposition was by cremation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Parklane Christian Reformed Church in Portland. Memories and condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.