Glen Bevan

September 29, 1937 - August 20, 2019
Bellingham, WA

Glen Bevan

September 29, 1937 - August 20, 2019
Bellingham, WA


Glen Pearson Bevan, Jr. longtime resident of Whatcom County, died August 20, 2019 at his home in Bellingham, after an extended illness. The son of Eliza Jane King and Glen Pearson Bevan, Sr., Glen was born September 29, 1937, in Detroit, Mi. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Andrea, both parents, and one sister, Bonnie. He is survived by his wife and best buddy, Barbara, and a sister, Jane. He leaves 3 children, Wendy Chestnut (Scott), Holly Bevan-Bumford (Bo), and Merrill Bevan (Amy); 2 stepchildren Craig Funston (Karen) and Diana Remington (Rem), grandchildren and step grandchildren Danielle Cook (Ty), Hannah Siano, Michael Siano, Kjel Funston, Peter Funston, Rachael Remington and Piper Remington. Not to be forgotten are his “adopted family” Julie Hawkes and her children, Asia Verbrugge, Peace Windwalker, and Love Windwalker. All were loved and cherished by a man with a great sense of humor and very big loving heart.

Glen first came to Washington as a young man and got a job with the U. S. Forest Service working on trail crew then as a fire lookout on Round Mountain near Yakima. He loved being a lookout and the time he spent on “his mountain”. When he returned to Michigan each fall, he finished college, sold furnaces, and taught school. He loved to tell stories of his first class of 40 fourth graders. That led to several teaching jobs in Michigan, then a move to a farm in Everson, WA and a teaching position in Ferndale and later at WWU. After teaching, he worked as an iron worker and later as a business owner/entrepreneur. His greatest accomplishment, however, was his humility and his absolute ability to love without judgement and to just be Glen through it all. He loved telling stories and striking up conversations with total strangers. He was one-of-a-kind and is already missed.

Family and friends will be gathering for a Casual Celebration of Life Open House the afternoon of September 29th. There will be appetizers, dessert, and of course coffee. If you would like to join us, please email, or if you can’t join us but want to share a story or memory about Glen, please send us that, too.

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1 responses to Glen Bevan

  1. Rick Gray says:

    Dear Barb, Wendy, Holly and Merrill,
    Ann and I send our sincere condolences to you and your families at Glen’s passing. I was one of the fortunate ones to know your husband/dad for many years. I will never forget his contagious smile and his unending offer to help me in any way he could.
    With us both being from Michigan we spent many hours sharing stories and talking about the good old times back in our youth. I remember him talking with fondness of his father, “the Inventor”. Obviously he carried his father’s DNA and was always looking for new ways to accomplish challenges. He was especially helpful to me and my children as we faced family difficulties. Likewise he was always there and at the ready for me and Ed (my business partner our friend) with the needs of Colt Construction and our homes.
    It was difficult to watch his ailing health over the last couple years, but he never let it consume him and he always could bring a smile to my face. Never did he fail to ask me about my family when we met. Likewise he always would share stories of how Barbara and his kids were doing. He was so proud of all of you.
    Although I have tears just as you do in thinking of him being gone from us, I still also have a smile in my heart.
    Your friends,
    Ann & Rick Gray

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