In Loving Memory

Glenn Leonard Boom

August 9, 1926 - September 30, 2020

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Glenn Leonard Boom, 94, died suddenly in his home Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and friend, Glenn will be greatly missed.

Born August 9, 1926, in Sacramento, California, the Boom family soon moved to Wheatland, California. In Wheatland, Glenn was educated in a one room schoolhouse where his mother, Dorothy Boom, was the teacher.

Glenn joined the NROTC at the University of California at Berkeley. At the age of 20 Glenn graduated and was commissioned as Ensign in the US Naval Reserve. His first tour of duty was in the Western Pacific at the end of WW II. His second overseas tour was in the submarine service during the Korean Conflict. Glenn continued in the naval reserve for 31 years.  During this time, he held command of three Naval Reserve Divisions.  His submarine Division was twice awarded the coveted Admiral Nimitz Trophy for best in nation. Glenn retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.

A highly intelligent, energetic man, Glenn began a second career at the same time he was commissioned in the Navy. Beginning in the mail room at Shell Oil Company, Glenn worked his way up to become Marketing Manager for Shell’s Southeastern region.

In 1978, after 31 years with Shell, Glenn took early retirement to become President of Delta Oil Company, which he grew into a $48 million dollar enterprise. In 1989 he was selected as Alabama Oilman of the Year. The following year he was awarded the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award by the Alabama Wildlife Federation – the highest conservation award in the State. When Glenn “retired” again, he became President of ComPac Food Stores until he retired permanently in 1994.

Throughout his life, Glenn has given selflessly of his time and his talents. He was a leader in establishing Contact Helpline in Mobile, The Shoulder in Baldwin County, and the Baldwin County Chapter of SCORE, serving each of these organizations as Chairman. Glenn had worked on the Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church – Fairhope, the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Daphne, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, as a member of the Board of Governor’s for the Fairhope Yacht Club, Director with First National Bank in Mobile, and as a member of the Mobile City board of directors for AmSouth Bank.

Glenn is a life-long member of the Navy League, Navy Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America, and Naval Institute. He is also a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Shrine.

Between careers and volunteer work, Glenn still found time to socialize with family and other groups such as the ROMEOs (Really Old Men Eating Out Often), and the “Taco Tuesday” group at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Beginning at age 70, he crewed a sailboat with his son and grandson, sailing across the Gulf of Mexico to Isla Mujeres for several years. Glenn has also been a life-long supporter of the Arts, most recently Theatre 98, the Mobile Symphony, and the Mobile Opera.

Glenn met his wife, Sally Boom, in 1949 when a friend, his future brother-in-law, brought him home from church. They have been happily married for 69 years.

Glenn is survived by his spouse, Sally Streeter; his daughter, Susan Whatley (Michael Cerps); son, Michael Boom (Judy Janek); son, Douglas Boom; (Dana Barron); daughter, Judith Hale (David Hale Sr.). He is also survived by grandchildren, Jennifer Sebby, Nicole Leet, Michael Boom, Gordon Boom, Matthew Whatley, David Hale Jr., Leah Boom, Sarah Hale; and four great-grandchildren.

Glenn is predeceased by his parents, Leonard Archer Boom and Dorothy Dam Boom, and his grandson, Alexander Hale.

A private internment ceremony will be held, with a Celebration of Life service to be scheduled at a later date when health risks are not a concern.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Glenn L. Boom to the Building Fund of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family

17 Comments

  1. kathy kurtin stewart

    On Dying
    By Henry Van Dyke

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”

    “Gone where?”

    Gone from my sight. This is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And, just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

    And that is dying.

    Dear, sweet Glenn…. Thank you for being such a wonderful man of God through your family, friends and community. Thank you for loving me as your own. We will see you on the other shore. -Kathy Kurtin Stewart

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  2. Sara Howard

    This is an amazing life story, what an adventurous, outstanding man. I’m so sorry for your great loss, it’s hard.

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  3. Karen Western

    Sending so much love and so many hugs for all of you. Glenn was an amazing man who loved his family and friends unconditionally. He will be missed.

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  4. Leigh Ann Scott Odom

    I first Glenn when he and Sally moved into the house next door to my grandparents. He came over with the most beaming smile and felt like an instant friend. He has meant so much to our family. Dad valued working with him on the cemetary board among other things. From his gentle, easygoing demeanor, you would never know all of his accomplishments. His loss brings me great sadness. But, I believe that his life has only continued on a higher plane. And that there will be the greatest reunion for his loved ones one day. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

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  5. Savan Wilson

    Glenn showed what friendship really means. He was one of the finest men I know. He had a very full life, a wonderful marriage, and had a jest for living that are rare. He accomplished all of his dreams, including living in a wonderful new hobbit house on the storybook compound. He was such a rare wonderful person God speed. I know John Rouse will be happy to welcome him to heaven.

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  6. Debbie Clolinger

    From the Mishkan T’Filah, our Jewish prayer book, a verse in the Mourner’s Kaddish. This poem has sustained me through times of grief; I hope the words bring you comfort as well:
    There are stars up above,
    so far away we only see their light long, long after the star itself is gone.
    And so it is with the people that we loved-
    their memories keep shining ever brightly though their time with us is done.
    But the stars that light up the darkest night,
    these are the lights that guide us.
    As we live our days,
    these are the ways we remember.
    We remember.

    God bless you in the days ahead and may Glenn’s memory be for a blessing.

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  7. Judith Comer+

    I was blessed to read about Glenn’s life and all the many interesting things he did. I suspect his greatest legacy is his family. May this dear sweet kind gentle child of God enter into the life of the Holy Trinity and may all his family find peace and consolation from God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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  8. Janice Lambremont

    Judy & Dave – I am so sorry for your loss . He was indeed a great man & feel blessed to have known him. You have my deepest sympathy & will keep you & your families in my thoughts & prayers . Give Sally a hug 🙏

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  9. Teresa Saylor

    Leah, what a wonderful legacy your grandfather has left you and your family! I’m so so sorry for your loss, just know he’s waiting for all of his loved ones at the right hand side of our amazing Savior! When your papa passed from from this life to Heaven, I know Christ said to him, “well done my good and faithful servant”!

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  10. Rochelle

    Sorry to hear this, He had a great life and did so much. Know you will really miss him. He and the family sat in front of us at church so we will miss seeing him there.

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  11. Sam Richardson

    I knew Glenn through the Annual Episcopal Men’s Conference, where I first met him in 2000.
    Always one of the friendliest and most decent persons I’ve ever known. He will be missed!
    Go with God, my friend!

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  12. Caron Richards

    Such a long and outstanding life making a difference in the lives of so many. Glenn’s kind, gentlemanly manner and warm friendliness always brought a smile to my face! Rest in God’s presence sweet Glenn!

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  13. Gene Graham

    What a wonderful man. I met glenn right after we moved to Fairhope and I joined the local SCORE chapter. He was a caring counselor and many of his clients went to form successful businesses in the local area. Glenn and I held many counseling sessions together and were honored when one of clients was selected ass “Client of the Year.” It was a privilege to know and learn from him. If you have had the honor of meeting and knowing his lovely wife Sally, you understand why he has been so successful and blessed. She is a delightful and beautiful lady and has been successful in her own endeavors..

    Glenn, I miss you already and an
    m sorry we were unable to have lunch together this year because of the corona virus. here is wishing you Godspeed knowing you have had such a positive impact on so may lives. It was such an honor knowing you.
    Gene Graham

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  14. Ken Cooper

    I first met Glenn when I joined SCORE about 15+ years ago. He was, without a doubt, one of the best mentors we had. Many clients were helped in their businesses through Glenn’s advice and training. One of his clients become the SCORE Client of the Year. I also had many occasions to know him through the Fairhope Yacht Club. He always had a smile and encouragement for everybody and a great sense of humor. I will miss him but I know he will never be gone as he will be in my memory forever.

    Christ has welcomed Glenn with open arms into his eternal home.

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  15. Priscilla Comer

    I met Glenn Boom and his very delightful wife Sally through their amazing daughter, Judy & her husband David Hale, of equal amazement! All very interested in exerting joy, loving spirits, with wit and humor, intelligence & fine character. They all make a difference in each life they know . It was a joy to be in their presence and their presence made a difference. What an honor you’ve blessed the earth with good servants . I’m sure God is saying, “Well done Glenn Boom.” You’ve left behind great support systems and examples to be continued and may we emulate your sweetness and solid planning and Fun times.

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  16. Roberta Bowling Prutzman

    My mothers’ first cousin. A “Beacon” of light in our family. His many life accomplishments are known and shared by many friends and family members. Thank you Glenn for your faith and love. Your wonderful family will have memories to last a lifetime.

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  17. Roy Russell, Jr

    I met Glenn in 1968 when he was a part of a Shell Oil Company team that hired me to work in its retail department. (Fresh out of college) I knew then that he was special. Such and intelligent, compassionate soul. I learned a lot about leadership and perfected serious people skills from this kind man. If he were alive today, he probably would not remember me. Little would he know just how much he positively impacted my life. Sleep well, teacher.

    To the family, I offer my sincere condolences….

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