Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

Take a moment to remember our friends and associates who have passed.

Glenn Miller #1891, Retired Seattle Police Sergeant passed away on October 17, 2014 at 80 years of age.

Glenn was born and raised in Ballard (he had a “Visualize Ballard” bumper sticker on his prowl car.) He loved hotrods and raced them. He had several in his teenage years and early adulthood. After graduating from Ballard High, Uncle Sam came calling with a draft notice. Glenn joined the Naval Reserves. A smart move, but then the Korean War came along and Glenn’s aviation unit was activated. It was assigned to the USS Shangri-La Essex Class aircraft carrier which was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. Glenn was a crewman on the A3 Sky Warrior Bomber. After the truce, Glenn (a member of the Tail Hook Association) stayed in the Navy for several more years.

In 1958, Glenn returned to Seattle and applied to the Department because he’d wanted to be a police officer ever since childhood. He was hired on January 2, 1959. His salary was $269.33 per month. After attending the three month Academy, he was assigned to Patrol for six years. While on patrol one night, he on-viewed an apartment fire. Glenn rushed in the burning unit and saved the tenant. Then he transferred to the Special Squad, working for Mike Slessman #1672. Two years later in 1967, he transferred to the Detectives. He worked in Auto Theft, Vice, and Robbery. Glenn was promoted to Sergeant in 1972 and assigned to Patrol. Over the next 24 years he worked every precinct, finishing out his career in his old boyhood stomping grounds – Ballard. He retired in March 1996 after 37 years of service.

In retirement, Glenn and his wife Martha (who was one of the first female Seattle Police Reserve Officers) moved to Lynden. They became very active in animal rescue and adoptions.

Glenn was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing in the Sound, camping, and water-skiing. He loved to ski in Lake Washington and Black Lake. Glenn was active in the Foot Printers and the Elks. In these groups he found new water-skiing and fishing buddies.

Martha preceded Glenn in death. He is survived by his two sons, Mark and Dean; and two grandsons, Dean Gordon and James Dean.