Glenn Alexander Dow, of Fairfield, died Sept. 24, 2013, at NorthBay Medical Center. He was 90.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1922, near Ft. Worth, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. As a 2nd Lt. he was assigned in Nov. 1944 to flying B-24s, based near Foggia, Italy. In January 1945, he was transferred to the 350th Fighter Group in Pisa, Italy, to serve with his twin brother, Maj. Hugh D. Dow, Commander of the 347th Fighter Squadron. Glenn flew 51 dive bombing missions in the P-47 “Thunderbolt” in the Italian Alps and Germany. He was injured by cannon fire and was issued the Purple Heart. While his 350th group was en route to the Pacific, the war ended and their ship was ordered to return through the Panama Canal to NYC.
After returning from the war as a 1st Lt., he married Marybeth, of Hanford, earned his business degree in 1947 from the Univ. of Texas. He was an independent oil and gas producer in Denver for 32 years. He was a member and Elder of Montview Presbyterian Church. He and his wife moved from Denver in 1987 to their ranch in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, where they grew wine grapes until 1995. They moved to Paradise Valley Estates in 1999. He joined the Sons of the American Revolution in 2005. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing golf, fly fishing and choral singing.
Glenn was the son of the late Percy Alexander Dow and Nell (Pierce) Dow. He was predeceased by his younger brother Donald. He is survived by his wife, Marybeth, four children, seven grandchildren, twin brother, Hugh (Elizabeth), and many relatives. Services are private. Remembrance donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.