Glenn Yasuo Ohigashi passed away at age 72 on August 16, 2020 at the Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, which he battled for more than 13 years. He previously battled tongue cancer.
Glenn attended Kaunoa School on Maui and was a proud graduate of Baldwin High School’s Class of 1966. He starred as a football running back known as "Twinkle Toes" and as a baseball outfielder making the Statewide All-Star baseball team that toured Japan in the summer. While attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he was an outfielder for UH Rainbows Baseball team under Coaches Dick Kitamura and Les Murakami. He also played in the AJA Baseball League and was the League Batting Champion in 1968 with a batting average of .515, leading the Sheridan team to the League championship.
He earned a BA in Business Finance from UH-Manoa. He worked for Liberty Bank for 10 years starting as a management trainee to becoming Branch Manager of the Mapunapuna Branch. Glenn then worked for the State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as a loan officer, then with UH-Manoa as Civil Defense Coordinator, Commuter Program Development Coordinator, and manager of other departments. He retired for medical reasons in 2007.
Glenn served in the Hawaii Army National Guard for 23 years, 4 years in active duty, retiring as Staff Sergeant. While serving, he was deployed to Kauai to assist in the Hurricane Iniki recovery efforts. He also was a longtime co-owner and operator of the Pacific Mini Mart in the Pacific Grand condo, selling convenience goods and serving plate lunches to nearby residents, KGMB anchors and staff, and even Bruddah Iz.
Glenn volunteered for the late Senator Dan & Maggie Inouye’s Ready to Learn service project which provided school supplies to children and schools in need. Ever the recruiter, he got many friends involved.
He had a great love of golf and Las Vegas. He described playing the crap tables as "going to war."
Glenn is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 35 years, son Mark, daughter-in-law Allison, granddaughter Mika, brother-in-law Michael Uyeno and his wife, Linda, and son, Justin, caregivers of 10 years, Belysilda Cielo, her family and half-brother Edwin Bonnell. Glenn was predeceased by parents Robert and Jeanette Ohigashi of Wailuku, Maui and younger brother Guy a.k.a. "Froggie."
Due to the pandemic, a private cremation service was held. Funeral services will be announced when conditions permit.
Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC
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