John passed away from age related illness on June 2, 2019, aged 87 years. John was born on April 19, 1932 to John and Lucy (Parker) Glodis in Worchester, MA. The eldest of six, he became a dedicated basketball player for the Boy’s Club of Worchester and graduated from Classical High School.
He continued his education in Arizona at ASC (now NAU) on a basketball scholarship. He was a 4-year letterman, a member of the Chain Gang, Blue Key, Senior Class President and received his B.S. in Education, with a minor in Science. Here he also met the love of his life, Ann Tovrea.
They were married in the Federated Church on Aspen Street on May 21, 1955 and then spent the next 7 years in Morenci, AZ, where John taught history and coached basketball. In 1962, John and his family gladly returned to Northern Arizona when he was hired to teach and coach at Grand Canyon High School. For the next 12 years, he led his teams to many victories, including the class C state basketball championship in 1963.
He worked as a National Park Service Ranger during the summers and received his M.S. in Education. As a member of the Grand Canyon Rotary Club, he was proud to have initiated an international student exchange program that sent many of his students overseas. After 2 years as Grand Canyon High School principal, he returned to Morenci. For the next 14 years, he was MHS principal and was often appointed to North Central Accreditation teams.
After 36 years as educators, John and Ann retired to Sierra Vista, AZ, spending time with family and traveling the world. John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann, his children Stephanie (Frank) Kurpierz, Christopher Glodis, Maxine (Dennis) Sullivan and three grandchildren.
John requested that those who wished to honor his memory make a donation to Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of America. There will be no public service at his request.