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Glenn Arthur Reese passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2006, in Grass Valley, California, at the age of 82. Glenn was born on August 16, 1923, to Alice Marie and Paul Andrew Reese in Los Angeles, California. In 1942, following attendance at Garfi eld High School in Los Angeles he enlisted in the Army Air Force, specializing in navigation and radio communications, and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1947, Glenn moved to Yosemite National Park, where he met and married his wife, Mary Jane Thompson, in the Village Chapel in Yosemite. Glenn was employed as an electrician at the Curry Company.

In 1951, Glenn and his family moved to Los Angeles where he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company. In 1955, Glenn went to work for Magnavox Government and Industrial Research Laboratories in Torrance, CA, until his retirement in 1980. Glenn’s distinguished engineering career resulted in 21 patents under his name and culminated with his receipt of the California Air Force Association Award for Outstanding Achievements and Innovations in the fields of Electronics and Communications. He was the inventor and engineering development leader of the Xerox/Magnafax Telecopier, which was introduced to the market in 1966 and was the foundation for the widespread fax usage we see today. He also designed and

field tested a ruggedized military version of the fax, the AN/GXC-7 Tactical Facsimile, which became the standard for all military cmmunications at that time. He also designed a radome for shipboard satellite communications, an automated machine for library theft detection, plus many other patents with civil, military, and intelligence applications.



Glenn and his wife moved to five acres in the Grass Valley Area in 1980 and started his business, Reese Mechanical Systems, in 1981. His primary design and development accomplishments include a machine that sorted quartz from other rocks and a machine that sorted, assembled, and packaged medical pipette tips into trays.

In 1995, at age 72, Glenn retired again and became involved in building model airplanes and belonged to the RC Flyers.




Glenn was a self-taught adventurous man, and although he dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade, he had an innate creative gift. He was happiest when designing and building, often seen carrying a clipboard or scratchpad wherever he went.

He built a gyrocopter, flew it at Lake Elsinore, spent seven years building a 35 foot ferro cement Norwegian-style trawler, sailed throughout the Southern California waters, and still had time for projects like the two-story chalet style playhouse he built for his children. Glenn had many adventures with his wife and family, camping, hiking, and jeeping in the mountains and deserts of California.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane, daughter Karen Magdalen of Grass Valley, son Timm and daughter-in-law Aura of San Bernardino, daughter Holly and son-in-law Eddie Florek of San Pedro, daughter Valerie Nutter Schonhorst and son-in-law Bill Schonhorst of Inyokern, daughter Colleen and son-in-law William Tell of Idyllwild, daughter Rebecca Faccio of Grass Valley; grandchildren Rodney Nutter, Tracy Terry, Amanda and Abigail Tell, Luca and Giacomo Faccio, and Lewis and Elizabeth Reese; great-grandchildren Jackson Nutter and Raden Terry.

Memorial services will be held at St. Patricks Church, 235 Chapel St. Grass Valley, April 1st at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, Alzheimer’s Association, or Adult Day Services.


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