JJC Board of Trustees Honors Glen Marcum Posthumously with 2016 J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award

The JJC Board of Trustees awarded the 2016 J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award posthumously to JJC alumnus, community activist and Joliet Park District Board President Glen A. Marcum at their February meeting. His widow, Patricia Marcum, accepted the award in his honor.

Patricia Marcum, center, accepts the J.D. Ross ESA in honor of her late husband, Glen Marcum, surrounded by her family.

“It’s an honor to know Glen is being recognized for the work he did,” said Mrs. Marcum. “But for him, it wasn’t about the recognition, it was always about service to others. He touched many lives, and he was all about what he could do for other people. This means a lot to our whole family.”

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Marcum was nominated for the award by both 98th District Representative Natalie Manley and State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who both noted the numerous organizations and community initiatives Marcum had been involved with for many years in the Joliet area. He passed away Nov. 1, 2016 due to complications from cancer. Marcum was a 1980 graduate of the JJC automotive program.

“Whether serving on the school board and judging spelling bees; or working proudly with his sons and dad to show off their culinary skills at the annual “Men Who Cook” Children’s Advocacy fundraiser; attending basketball games as a Big Brother; or organizing Joliet’s Relay for Life, which he brought to Joliet and chaired numerous times—Glen was the person eager to participate and knowingly put in 100 percent,” noted Rep. Manley in her nomination.

“Throughout the many years I have known Glen, he continued to demonstrate a commitment to his community,” stated Senator Bertino-Tarrant in her nomination. “Glen was an individual who truly devoted his time and talents to the many organizations around him. When Glen got involved in a project, he got completely immersed.”

According to his obituary, Marcum worked as an auto mechanic for 39 years at Bertino’s Auto in Joliet. He happily devoted countless years of his life to the Joliet community, being involved: as a volunteer basketball coach at St. Paul the Apostle School, serving three terms on the Joliet Grade School’s Board of School Inspectors, President of the Greater Joliet Youth Foundation, President of the Instrumental Music Parents Association, a participant of 15 years and chair of five years for the Joliet Relay for Life, co-chair for the American Cancer Society Regional Board, President of the Joliet Township High School Athletic Boosters, Co-Chair of the Joliet Township High School Strategic Plan Committee, head judge of the Will County Spelling Contest, Big Brother with Big Brother/Big Sister, committee member of Take Back the Night, volunteer at the Daybreak Shelter, president of and instrumental in establishing the Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, WJOL political analyst, two terms with the Joliet Park District and three years as president, City Center Partnership Christmas Parade Committee, Right Moves for Youth Board Members, Old Timers Baseball Association and Men Who Cook.

To learn more about the ESA and see past recipients, visit www.jjc.edu/board-of-trustees/service-award/Pages/default.aspx

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