After 56 years of living life to the fullest, 25 years of devoted marriage, 20 years of joyful fatherhood, 29 years of sharing his passion in computers with the Mayo Clinic Health Care System, Donald Stewart Glascock leaves this earth to be with God.
Donald was born on February 21, 1963 to Robert and Theresa (Starkey) Glascock in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He graduated from high school in Los Alamos in 1981 and then he entered the Computer Science program at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In 1990 he started working at the Mayo Clinic in the Research Computing Facility. He married Stephanie Wagner on May 28, 1994 in Rochester. He continued his degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2006.
Donald enjoyed and excelled at all things technical. He was known as a brilliant and humble man and never held it over the rest of us. Understanding his role as a mentor and leader in the hemophilia community, Donald was active and respected in the Hemophilia Foundation of the Minnesota and Dakotas (HFMD).
Donald enjoyed wood working, country western dancing, camping, astronomy and perfecting his favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Donald is survived by his wife Stephanie, and two sons Ryan and Joel all of Rochester. His mother Theresa Glascock of Los Alamos, NM; and siblings, Joli (Gary) Garcia and their daughter Reese of Elizabeth, CO; Chris Glascock of Erie, CO, Laurie Glascock of Los Alamos, NM. His family also includes father and mother-in-law Laurence and Judith Wagner, Rochester, MN and his sister-in-law, Dr. Wendeline Wagner (Sam Clatterbuck) of Middletown, MD and many other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert "Breck" Glascock.
He will be missed terribly, and we look forward to seeing him as one of the bright stars in the sky.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 6th, 2019 at Pax Christi Catholic Church (4135 18th Avenue NW Rochester, MN). Visitation will take place from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home (5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN). A short period of visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass on Friday.
Memorial donations are preferred to the family.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be serving the Glascock family. To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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I have just finished reading all the tributes that have been posted so far, and I think everyone has already described the Don that I knew as a kid so many years ago. Even at 13 years of age, he was a kind, caring, and generous soul. I first met Don in the 7th grade. We became friends and remained so throughout junior high, high school, and into college. After college, we drifted apart as so many do, but I never forgot about him.
I have many fond memories of the "trouble" we got into as kids. We would sneak out into the woods near the junior high school we attended to build tree forts during lunch hour. Don lived in Los Alamos, and I was in White Rock, so we would talk on the CB radio instead of using the phone. He was warm and comfortable in his house with a CB base station, and I would be freezing in my dad's jeep. We would talk until I was too cold to squeeze the microphone button anymore.
I am not surprised that he has touched the lives of so many people in such a good way. Condolences to all those who knew him and especially his wife and family. The world is a lesser place without him.
Don was such a beautiful soul. We are holding you and the boys in our hearts and wishing you comfort and peace....
Don was a customer for over 10 years. I enjoyed his passion, dedication and commitment to Mayo was unsurpassed. Don was one of my favorite customers and one that I would often call to brainstorm new ideas and innovations and he always had great ideas and was amazing to talk to. I will miss him and am glad I had the opportunity to know him.
Don was a role model and the person we all strive to be. He was the kindest, most gentle and caring person I've ever met. Always positive, never a negative word to say about any situation or person. For the last 10+ years, Don is the person I've worked the closest with at Mayo. That experience would have been completely different without Don. I will forever miss him.
Don was always willing to lend a hand and make sure everyone was happy. I'll never forget having hallway conversations with Don, and if someone looked lost, he would immediately pause the conversation, and ask if there was anything he can help.
So grateful to have had Don in my life. Bless you Stephanie, Ryan, and Joel.
Don was a unique man and this is such a shock. Despite everything he has gone through he still had such a positive outlook on life and took everything with grace. He was a knowledgeable person who still found wonderment in continuing to learn.
In the world we live in he was a breath of fresh air and a welcome adjustment to perspective. He was an important member for the HFMD community and now that he is gone there will be a void that will be difficult to fill.
I am glad to have had a chance to know Don and have learned a lot from his stories and his history. I know he loved the community and I think everything he put into the community rewarded him with great joy. None of the HFMD or national meetings will be the same without his spirit, his quips, or his input. Don touched many people and will be missed but not forgotten.
It was such a blessing having Don as a Confirmation Leader when Ryan was going through the Confirmation program. He was a Confirmation leader for Riley Becher, and Riley told me later that one of the reasons he chose to go to seminary was because of the impact his Confirmation leaders, like Don, had on him. Don is a wonderful man and will be missed so much by so many! Praying for you all!!!
I knew Don from his volunteer work with HFMD. Always friendly, always ready to help, especially AV problems. May he Rest In Peace.
Beautiful Glascock Family!
Joel's First Communion
Boy, did the Bible study group grow!
Early (small) bible study group.
Donald was such a kind and gentle person. My most vivid memory of him happened when we were young and Laurie and I were playing squirt guns (starting with small sryinges and ending with a hose) with Donald and my brother. We would chase each other around the house and wait at the corner for the daring victim to emerge only to get doused by water! Later, I always remember him with a kind look and a smile on his face and always, always, caring for others. Stephanie, I met you and Joel briefly one year when you were in Los Alamos for the holidays. I'm so sorry for your loss and know he will be greatly missed. He will be one very, very bright star in our skies!
Debbie (Tolmie) Huling
Sincerest condolences to you Stephanie and your family. I have only fond memories of Don. As many have stated he was one of the kindest people I have ever met and never uttered a bad word about anyone. Hold on to the memories Stephanie as you both had a beautiful life together. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Ryan, and Joel as well as the entire extended family.
Stephanie, Ryan, and Joel,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine...
Don was the kindest man I've ever known. Over the many, many years I've been around him I've never once seen or heard of him getting negative about anything or towards anyone. He was passionate about the Hemophilia community, and he gave so much of his time, talent, and effort for all of us. He will truly be missed.
Stephanie, I can't begin to try to understand the grief you're experiencing. I believe Don is with God smiling down, and he's with you always.
Ryan and Joel, your Dad was a great man. Stay true to what you've learned from him and you'll be great men too. Stay strong.
If there's anything I can do, please ask. You are in my prayers.
I know Don as a man that loved and adored his wife and children. Stephanie, you knew a love that most people never experience. I never heard Don say an unkind word to anyone. His memory was so amazing. He could recall a conversation from many years ago and talk about it the next time he saw you. So amazing. My heart aches for my dear niece and great nephews but you will find strength in your love for Don and your sons!! I love you so much! Aunt Bunny
Stephanie and family,
We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
I bet if we paddle in the same direction we will get where we are going.
I remember "Donny" as a little boy when our family would visit Aunt Theresa & Uncle Breck & our grandparents in NM. Aunt Theresa had so many funny stories of Don's "antics" that we were always laughing. I was sorry that our families lost contact for so many years but am happy that we got to meet all of you again at our family reunion a few years ago. Don also corresponded some with our daughter about Hemophelia when her son was diagnosed with it; I'll always appreciate his helpfulness to her. I wish we'd had more time for more visits with him & your family. May his soul rest in the peace of the Lord and may the Lord comfort you in your sorrow.
I never knew Don but I feel like I did by knowing you and what a sweet person you are. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling now and my heart breaks for you. I just want you to know that we are all here for you with open arms with whatever you need, whenever you or your boys need it. Hug them tight.
Dear Stephanie, Ryan, Joel, and the Glascock family,
Donald was an amazing wonderful person everyone loved him such a kind gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all🙏 Kim Phelan , Wayne Cook, Dave Clark and The Coalition for Hemophilia B
How long is this hike, anyway?
Off to see the Wizard.
I think this goes here?
Everything I saw Don do was for the benefit of other people. It obviously showed up with his choice to work for Mayo Clinic and his dedication to its patients. But it also extended to his coworkers and even development partners like us at Nerdery. When something went wrong he would focus on solutions rather than assigning blame. When something went right he was quick and generous in giving credit to others. And when credit came his way, he would find a way to turn around and give that credit away to somebody else instead. It was plain to see in his words and actions the way he cared for other people.
He had a fire in him too. I saw it come out once when we were dealing with some issues with a vendor and weren't getting the attention we needed from them. Don politely but firmly stated that he expected an update on the issue within 24 hours. And if there wasn't a satisfactory update within 24 hours he was going to start calling them every 6 hours looking for an update. Then every 2 hours. And then he claimed he was going to open up a line to their support and simply keep the line open until the issue was fixed. It was glorious. And as you can guess, we suddenly had their attention and the issue was resolved within 24 hours :-)
Don had a unique way of thinking and engaging with people. He helped remind me that no matter how serious your business seems to be at the moment, life is about the people you touch. And he certainly did that. He will be missed.
Stephanie and Family,
I am so sadden to learn of your loss. May you find much comfort in your family and friends and may the fond memories with Don help you as you heal.
Sondy (Kotek) Glenn
I've known Don for the last 4 years and he has been instrumental in my development as a computer science college student. I've had many conversations about my degree with Don and what direction I should be headed with this type of degree. I worked with Don on a monthly basis and will always remember his catchphrase: "hope your day goes your way". I will miss Don's sense of humor, distinctive laugh, genuine smile, and his vast knowledge base of life and technical expertise. Joshua D Anderson, MSS
I got to know Don through the HFMD board. He was such a kind man and would consistently provide comments that called out the good in situations and was the first to express appreciation for the work of others. He will be sorely missed.
What a shining light in this world! Blessing on you in your profound grief. Holding you in my prayers.
Vicky Hannemann (nurse Clinician at the M Health Fairview Center for Bleeding and Clotting)
Stephanie, Ryan and Joel. Very sorry to hear of Don's passing. I met him when I was an intern at Mayo Clinic working for the SPPDG in the 1994 timeframe. I remember my first encounter with him. I was printing out a full page comic from Doctor Fun on one of the old color printers that used wax instead of toner. Well, I jammed it because the comic used so much wax. I was terrified because I knew I was printing stupid stuff on company property. I had to tell Don. Don was a bit frustrated, and reminded me I shouldn't be printing something like this because it jams the printer. But he was cool about it. Don was a great guy and I liked working with him. Don was always up for the monthly meeting with the "Ex-SPPDG" gang after some of us moved on to other jobs and always had interesting updates about what he was up to as well as Ryan and Joel. He will be missed by many. Karl Fritz.
It's been a true pleasure and honor to have known and worked with Don for the past 8 years. He was one of the kindest people I've ever met. A brilliant man who has played a key role in the Mayo Clinic Television project. I will miss Don's smile and sense of humor. Bill Wimsett , MSS
Stephanie, Ryan and Joel,
My sympathies for the loss of Don. He was a sweet man who was always ready with a kind word, a smile and helping hand. The world is a little less bright without him in it. Kerry Budinger (HFMD)
Stephanie, Ryan and Joel. My heart aches with yours in grief. I was on the HFMD board with Don and he was an unbelievable contributor to that board. He was thoughtful, responsible and hardworking. A gracious and true gentleman. Bless your family during this time. John Schulte
Stephanie. Ryan and Joel.
My deepest condolences to you. I wish there was a way to lift or ease your burden of grief. Know that our family is praying for yours and will continue to do so as you move forward on this journey. Casey, Jeff, and I send our love.
Dear Stephanie, Ryan and Joel,
Words can not express our deepest condolences to you all and your families during this challenging time. Please know we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Don always had a kind word and smile to share with everyone he encountered. He will be truly missed by us. Love, hugs and our prayers...Cherie, Rick, Catie and Kyle Philpott
I have been in awe of Don since the day he joined Media Support Services. He was a brilliant man but never held that over us of lesser technical intellect. He was a consummate gentleman, and had a wicked sense of humor that I loved. I will miss Don dearly and look forward to seeing him as one of the bright spots in my night sky.
Dear Stephanie, Ryan & Joel. My prayers and love go out to you. Don was one of my most supporive parent volunteers at Lincoln K-8 Choice School.
Dear Stephanie, Ryan, Joel, and the entire Glascock family,
Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to you. We are so sorry and saddened for your loss. Don meant so much to so many in this community. We were honored and blessed to have Don on our Board, and as such a thoughtful and compassionate advocate. Don will be dearly missed by many friends st the HFMD
Oh how sad! I enjoyed my time working with Don while we were in the SPPDG and our social interactions afterwords. He was always kind and caring. May the peace of Christ who has conquered death be with the family at this time.
I'm sorry to hear about Don and your loss.
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