Glenn Anthony Barton, age 81, a retired rancher, died on July 13, 2014. Glen was born June 11, 1933, in Ruidoso, New Mexico, to John and Bessie Barton.
As a young boy, he worked at his father’s saw mill and started riding a pet mule. He spent his life devoted to his love for horses. He loved to raise and race horses. He was named Horseman of the Year in Parker County. His winning horse, Bold Epic, was his pride and joy.
He later moved with his family to Arnett, Oklahoma, where he attended grade school and then later to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1951.
Retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service, where he attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 04, Glenn served two tours in Vietnam and was stationed in Korea and Hawaii. He was a helicopter pilot and instructor. He earned the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.
After retiring, he lived in Garner and later moved to Granbury.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University in Agricultural Science.
He was a 33rd degree Mason. He was a member of the lodge in Bluff Dale, Texas, and served as worship master and secretary of the Millsap Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jo Barton; two sisters, Alma Crouch, of Arnett, Oklahoma, and Peggy Krewson and her husband, George, of Kansas City Missouri; his son, Ronald Joe Barton and wife, Jovita, of Mineral Wells; daughter, Debra Barton Box, of Santo; and son, James Barton and wife, Michelle, of Garner; as well as nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bessie Barton; his first wife of 25 years, Geleta (Jackie) Mae Ladd; and son-in-law, Bobby Box.
Services are Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Granbury.
Visitation will precede the service at 10 a.m. at the church.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens, 5600 Mineral Wells Highway, Weatherford.