Glynn Norman Hurley was born on November 23 just hours before Thanksgiving Day in 1960. Every 7 years he was a turkey! He remained in Roseburg, Oregon for a couple of years before his family moved to Rock Island, IL so his dad could attend Bible Missionary Institute.
In 1970 his parents Norman and Carlene Hurley moved to Boise Idaho, since it had the very best christian school that they could find in the Northwest. They felt the little town of 45,000 would be a great place to raise their family. They were blessed with a home in the north end for $7,000.00. The monthly payments were almost out of reach at $65.00 per month. His dad had borrowed the money from the bank on a handshake and wasn’t about to break that promise so he worked long hours framing houses.
As a young boy Glynn could often be found picking up nails and scraps of wood for his dad at the job site. He also spent a lot of time riding his unicycle, reading the Hardy Boys, and listening to JD Sumner sing bass. Later on his sisters were drafted into playing football in the yard with him while he quarterbacked. He could not get enough of Paul J. Schneider announcing the games on the radio.
Glynn quickly grew into a tall young man. Kids often teased each other saying “Act your age not your shoe size”, but Glynn’s age was 12 and his shoe size was 13.
Boise had no mall and no connector. Glynn was eager to work. He would jump into his Diamond Green 1972 Chevy Pickup that he had received from his dad and drive from the north end to the closest department store called Kmart located on Fairview and Fivemile. At 15 years of age he was told that he could not be on the payroll, but that didn’t stop him. He volunteered as a gopher in the auto shop until one day they just started paying him. Glynn loved this job and eventually became the store security. He worked there for 10 years and many coworkers from that job were lifelong friends.
After graduation a cute little petite gal moved to Boise. Glynn quickly donned his best corduroy bell bottoms and then proposed and married Terry Nordby in August 1980. They soon were blessed with 5 amazing children.
Glynn worked at various jobs including volunteering as a reserve Sheriff’s Deputy where he memorized much of the law book. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy of the year by Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen.
He was extremely good at working a printing press and started and ran Meridian Quality Copy and Print from 1996 - 2005
While searching for a way to provide better for his family he found a new love for long haul truck driving. He worked hard to provide for his family but often said how sorely he disliked being away from his wife and kids.
Glynn drove a semi in every US state and Canada with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska. He could tell you every bend and turn on many highways. He would spend many hours talking on the phone with his mom as he traveled. He loved singing along to the gospel music and he trucked 3 million miles accident free for Navajo, Knight and Holman Trucking.
While on a short break at home in June of 2020 Glynn suffered a stroke. His life was forever changed. He struggled with just finding the words. We quickly realized that his love for music was the key. Words just flowed when he led the church as they sang the old hymms.
Even though the stroke was so horrible and some things were very challenging, other parts of his life were better. He was home and able to reconnect with his family and friends which was difficult on the road.
At a young age, Glynn had made the most important decision to give his life to Jesus but after the stroke his walk with God became so much deeper. Glynn started taking courses and studied the Bible. He loved preaching to adults and children alike over the past year.
In Glynns free time he could be found playing chess, visiting his mom, having lunch with his sister, fishing, hunting or playing with his kids and grandkids.
Glynn dearly loved his mom and was beyond excited to go with her and his sisters to the ocean in Spring 2019. He spent many hours walking the beach talking with each of them.
In 2020 Glynn and his lovely wife Terry were able to celebrate 40 years of marriage on a trip to the ocean that will never be forgotten.
Glynn always had a way of making people feel special. He loved volunteering for the foodbank and working on the church remodel.
With his contagious smile, I think we all will agree that no one will ever fill Glynns size 15 shoes. It seems that Glynn has gone down the highway to heaven before us so that we will be less afraid to come. 10-4 Good buddy, Over and out.
Glynn was preceded in death by his precious 17 year old daughter, one sweet granddaughter, his dad and grandparents, aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, 4 children and their spouses, his mom, 2 sisters and their spouses, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.