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Glen Pettit

February 08, 2011

Long-time La Cañada Flintridge resident, Glen Pettit, 93, died peacefully on February 5, 2011 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California.   

Glen, the second of three children born to Zachary and Mary, was born at home in East Los Angeles.  While Glen was still an infant, the family moved to the San Gabriel Valley, where Glen attended local schools, including Pasadena Junior College.  In those days, he enjoyed the music of the ‘big band’ era and spoke often of attending community dances at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which featured name bands of the 1930s and 40s.

Glen’s early work experience included time with the Santa Fe railroad (Harvey House) and, later, in sales positions with IBM and several national business forms distributors.  In 1958, Glen established his own forms distributorship—Pettit Manifold Forms—in Pasadena, California and, after relocating to La Cañada  Flintridge in 1984, was active in the business until his recent illness.

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Glen was devoted to Caryl (Meyers) Pettit, his wife of 27 years during which time they enjoyed world travelling and cruising, attending lectures, and exploring museums to satisfy Glen’s love of learning, particularly his keen interest in history and politics. Some other  favorite times together included frequent trips to Palm Springs and visiting with family throughout California and Southern Oregon. 

Glen was an avid reader and loved to talk politics and history. It was challenging (as well as informative and enjoyable) for the rest of the family to try to keep up with Glen’s articulate and ever-expanding knowledge of the world around him.

The family always enjoyed Glen’s expertise in the kitchen; he was a master breakfast chef and also made great chunky apple sauce and perfect guacamole that left everyone wanting more.      

Glen, an active member of the Lutheran Church in the Foothills and of the La Cañada Kiwanis Club, was an engaging fellow, no matter where he went, and loved to ‘chat it up’ with everyone. 

In addition to his wife Caryl, Glen is survived by his two children, Jill (Richard) Ledterman of Rio Vista, California and John (Patty) Pettit of San Diego, California;  by his four grandchildren, Scott (Deej) Ledterman of Rancho Santa Fe, California, Tricia (Reed) Ledterman Geisreiter of Soquel, California, Diane (Steve) Barrett of Virginia, and David Pettit of Boise, Idaho;  and by his two great-grandchildren, Ameliah and Noah Ledterman of Rancho Santa Fe. 

Glen fought mightily during his final illness with his fondest wish being for time to better know his two very young great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Lutheran Church in the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, California.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lutheran Health Ministries of the Foothills (1300 E. Colorado Street,  Glendale, CA  91205) or to Charitable Children's Guild, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (2400 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA  90007). 

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