Marlo Glenn Woods, age 87, a resident of Thatcher, passed away in the early morning hours of May 10, 2023, at his home in Thatcher. Glenn was born September 21, 1935, to Bailey Ray and Irene Layton Woods in Thatcher.
Glenn attended public schools from kindergarten through high school and graduated from Thatcher High School in 1953. After high school, he attended and graduated from Eastern Arizona College in 1955. At that time, Glenn was called to serve a two-and-a-half-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland. During his mission, Glenn’s father reactivated in the church, and his parents then served a mission in West Virginia.
After returning home, Glenn enrolled at Arizona State University where he majored in advertising and journalism, receiving his bachelor’s degree. Because of his interest in teaching, which developed in the mission field, he returned to the College of Education and received a teaching certification. While he was attending ASU, he met a special young lady by the name of Linda Lloyd, and after a little while, they began dating. On September 9, 1960, Glenn and Linda were married in the Mesa LDS Temple.
Glenn’s first teaching positions were in Queen Creek at the Arizona Boys Ranch, and later in Mesa Schools. He completed his master’s degree at Arizona State University and moved into educational administration as the assistant principal of Palo Verde School in Phoenix. While working as principal of Orangewood School, the opportunity came to accept a position in Glenn’s hometown of Thatcher. Because the family had grown to nine children, Glenn felt that a smaller community might be better for their development and success. The Woods family moved to Thatcher in 1980, and Glenn became the principal for both the Jack Daley Primary School and Thatcher Elementary School until his retirement in 1997.
Glenn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. While in Phoenix, Glenn served in the Glendale Stake 70’s Quorum Presidency, a stake mission, and as second counselor in the 36th Ward Bishopric. In Thatcher, Glenn served in three bishoprics, twice as a counselor, and as the Bishop of Thatcher 1st Ward. He served twice on the Thatcher Stake High Council. Following retirement, Glenn and Linda served together in the Mesa Temple for five years. In October 2005, they were called on a Family and Church History Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Guest Services area. After they returned from their mission, they served in The Gila Valley Temple for many years. During this time, Glenn was called to be the Thatcher Stake Patriarch. All six of Glenn’s sons served missions to Argentina, Florida, Chile (2), Kentucky-Louisville, and Idaho.