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Celebration of life planned Sunday for lifelong Valley resident Glenn Logan

by Joyce Hollister

Glenn Logan’s fingerprints are all over historic buildings in Carson Valley.

The driving force behind the restoration of the first county high school, now the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Logan, 70, died Saturday at his Gardnerville home.

He has been described as one of the last of the Valley patriarchs.

“In a way, his whole life seemed to be filled with preservation, and it wasn’t just the museum,” said Jacques Etchegoyhen, county commissioner and friend of Logan’s son Paul.

“The community is losing one of its patriarchs,” Etchegoyhen said. “It is a loss to everyone and certainly more than a loss to his immediate family – it’s a loss to the community.”

Logan was president of the Carson Valley Historical Society during the time that the original Douglas County High School, built in 1915, was renovated and became the museum. It reopened in 1995.

With their hard-won experience renovating the former Carson Valley Hospital, now the Logan building, Logan and his wife E-ann got their hands dirty as they worked at the museum on a daily basis along with dozens of volunteers.

He looked for funds and found people to help.

“I never saw anybody who could wiggle things out of people as well as Glenn. This town is very lucky because he fell in love with old buildings. He made them a testimony to the past and functional now,” said Mike Fischer, former president of the historical society.

“That’s his legacy. It was the buildings he saved and made into excellent places of business and places to exhibit the history of the Valley,” Fischer said. “People can go and visit old time Carson Valley places because of him. That is the really neat thing.”

Marlena Hellwinkel, current president of the Carson Valley Historical Society, said Logan’s continued support and advice will be missed.

“The Carson Valley Historical Society was very fortunate to have had him on our team. His tenacity and foresight has helped to continue to preserve the Genoa Courthouse Museum,” she said.

A celebration of life reception will be held at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center after a memorial service Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville.

“I think it is very fitting that a celebration of his life will be held at the museum in Gardnerville because he certainly put his heart and soul, and I’m sure quite a few sleepless nights, into the saving of that building,” Hellwinkel said.

Pastor Russell Howen will officiate at the 2 p.m. church service.

Logan understood, Etchegoyhen said, how significant it is for an area’s future to remember its past.

“The community can always use more Glenn Logans,” Hellwinkel said. “And, of course, we’ve lost a dear friend.”

Flags are flying at half-staff at the museum and at fire stations in the county this week. Logan was fire chief of the Gardnerville Fire Department for 17 years and a volunteer for 33 years.

He was a charter member of the sheriff’s posse, past president of the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club, past president of the PTA at Gardnerville Elementary School and was clerk for the Gardnerville Town Board.

He owned an accounting firm for 30 years in Gardnerville. He was a member and treasurer for Trinity Lutheran Church and was an usher and served on the church board.

A collector of Indian artifacts, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and playing golf.

Logan was born in Genoa to Walter Roy and Lillian C. Jacobsen Logan. He married his wife E-ann Aug. 21, 1959, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Gayle Wallien, who died in 1996.

Survivors include sons Kit Jacoby of Macdoel, Calif., and Paul Logan of Vancouver, Wash., daughters Joy Green of Carson City and Glenda Mixer of Sparks; brother Loran Logan of Reno; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carson Valley Historical Society, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville 89410.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.