Parley William Glover (Ike)

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Parley William (Ike) Glover joined his many friends and all of his immediate family early Monday morning, January 24, 2011. He passed peacefully, enjoying the comforting presence of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at the end. Dad was born May 24, 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Parley Roy and Hazel Goodridge Glover. His mother, Hazel, passed away when he was 3 years old, so he was raised by a loving stepmother, Melissa Bateman Glover. In later years, Dad could not speak of his mother, Melissa, without tears in his eyes. Before entering the Second World War, Dad married his Jordan High School sweetheart, Lucille May Cundick, in Elko, Nevada on November 21, 1942. That marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She preceded him in death in December 2006. The four children born to that marriage survive their parents; Steven (Beverly) Glover, Rod (Kim) Glover, Bryce (Michelle) Glover and Sharla (Ned) Burningham. Dad's family now includes 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Dad grew up on the family farm and nursery in Midvale, Utah. He worked in the nursery and landscape business all of his life; as grounds superintendent at the old County Hospital in Murray, and at the P.R. Glover and Sons Nursery and Floral in Midvale. During the winter months he worked at the old Sugar Factory in West Jordan. In 1975 he and Lucille followed their granddaughters to California where he worked as a grounds superintendent for Avery Construction Company, in San Jose. The professionalism and beauty of his work in California won national awards from his industry peers. After retirement, he spent many enjoyable hours working with his sons, Rod and Bryce, at Glover Nursery in West Jordan. In addition to his passion for his grandchildren, Dad enjoyed the game of golf, having realized his dream of a hole-in-one late in life. He also enjoyed bowling with his friends at Kohler and Junction Bowling Lanes. Dad was a faithful member of the LDS Church and used his knowledge of horticulture to beautify Camp Lehi in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California while living in the Saratoga Stake. Dad was a Patriotic American, who defended his country during World War II while serving with Patton's Army. From Utah Beach through the Battle of the Bulge to the Army of Occupation in Munich, Germany, Dad was there, having served as a Platoon Sergeant in the Transportation Corps. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Sunrise of Sandy and Vistacare Hospice services for their tender care in Dad's last days. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Draper 2nd Ward, 1617 East 12700 South, with a viewing Thursday from 6-8:00 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, and before the services Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Murray City Cemetery. Dad loved his family, his country and his friends.