Glenn Edward Horn, father, husband, musician, DJ on KCBX, technology-enthusiast, armchair historian, and U.S. Navy veteran passed away on April 8, 2019, following a stroke at the age of 69.
Glenn had an unmatched zest for life and will be dearly missed by his surviving family: his wife of nearly 40 years, Jolene of Atascadero; his daughters Gabriella of New York City and Crystal of Atascadero; his mother, Rita Fernandez of Atascadero; his siblings, Donaldo Hernandez, M.D. of Santa Cruz, Elena Mancuso of San Luis Obispo, and Juan Fernandez, Jr. of Elk Grove; and his in-laws, nieces and nephews, and close friends up and down the coast of California.
Born in Huntington, W. Va. in 1949, Glenn was proud of his Appalachian roots, picking his guitar as soon as he could walk. His mother, Rita, packed up and headed to Los Angeles with young Glenn in order to spare him from a grueling life as a coal miner. When she later opened a hair salon with Glenn’s step-father, Manuel, in Anaheim, Glenn was game to help out and earned his beautician’s license. A graduate of Bolsa Grande High School, Glenn joined the U.S. Navy and served on active duty aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, Glenn opened an auto repair shop in Alameda, Calif., where he met his wife of 40 years, Jolene (nee Berg), when he failed to fix her brakes correctly, forcing her to return to the shop and accept his invitation for a date. They had two daughters and eventually moved from the Bay Area to Atascadero in 1989. In recent years, Glenn worked with Jolene as a real estate agent in the Atascadero area.
No matter his job, location or circumstance, Glenn always played and listened to music. The bluegrass band he formed in the late '70s, "Better Late than Never," saw many iterations over the years, performed at music festivals throughout California, and was one of his greatest joys. He was always eager to share his love of music, especially bluegrass, with anyone he could, and found his biggest audience hosting a radio program on KCBX on Thursday nights for many years. All of us who knew him will always feel his presence in the music he shared with us.
Glenn’s memorial service is being planned. If you wish to receive information, please email us at GlennHornMemorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wounded Warrior Project in Glenn’s name.