Glenn Thomas Carroll, 67, of Atascadero died on Aug. 21, 2011.
He was an extraordinary human being who brought happiness to all those who met him, earning him the unofficial title of “The Ambassador of Goodwill and Joy”.
He was born March 21, 1944 in El Segundo to John Oscar and Georgianna Carroll. Born with severe Down Syndrome at a time when most people would have placed him in an institution, his parents were adamant about raising him at home in as normal of upbringing as possible. Their belief in Glenn helped others believe in him too as year after year he continued to grow and thrive. He was a true living miracle: despite his many medical ailments and numerous hospital visits, he lived well beyond anyone’s expectations.
He moved to Atascadero in 1988 when he became one of the first residents of The CALL Program. He participated in many of the local Special Olympics events earning him a total of 19 medals. In 1994, he was adopted by his Atascadero family, the Renfros, where he was able to live out his “retirement years” in a loving and active family environment.
He enjoyed a good cup of coffee, gardening, fishing, coloring, family barbecues, attending sporting events, collecting hats, and riding his three-wheeled bicycle around the neighborhood. Glenn was many things to many people. To the Renfros he was their brother, son, uncle, grandpa, cousin, and friend. He was the self-appointed project supervisor, kitchen monitor and assistant babysitter.
Glenn will be remembered most for his love of the holidays, his child-like spirit, his contagious laughter, and his all-encompassing heartfelt hugs. He had an over enthusiastic approach to life and shared that joy with everyone he met. We were so blessed to have him here on earth for an amazing 67 years.
Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, John Oscar and Georgianna, as well as his three older brothers, Gene, J.O. and Bob.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Bob Inklebarger of Spokane, Wash.; his nieces and nephews, Sandy, David, James, Robert “Mike”, Stephen, Mark, Michele, Christy, Katheryn, Michele, Sharon, Christina, Ethan, Isabella and Cohen; his adopted Atascadero family — his foster mother, DeAnna Renfro, foster brothers, Joe Reynolds and Trevor Renfro, as well as Carol Renfro, Todd Renfro, Robyn Renfro, Tammy and Keith Doshier, Karen Renfro, Jenna and Gregg Dunn, Brandon Hamburg, Bryan Hamburg, Scott Grunow, Alissa Renfro, Andrea Renfro, Jeremiah and Chloe Renfro, Nic Coons, Dylan Doshier, Hattie Renfro, Isabella Renfro, and Isaac Renfro.
A casual and joyful celebration of life will be held at one of Glenn’s favorite places, the home of Keith and Tammy Doshier, 8705 Coromar Ave., Atascadero, on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, guests are encouraged to bring a plant for Glenn’s Garden.