Austin Eldridge Glover
Austin Eldridge Glover, born July 14, 1942 in Portsmouth, Virginia, died of natural causes on June 30, 2020 at the age of 77 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico surrounded by his family.
Austin, the oldest of seven children, spent most of his childhood in Utica, Michigan. His father, Ralph Glover, was a medic for the Navy, who suffered major head trauma during World War II. When Austin was 12, after the death of his father, Austin’s mother Virgie moved the family from Utica to Amarillo, Texas because the youngest, John, suffered major respiratory issues and needed a drier climate. The family grew up very poor, but his mother worked hard to provide for her children.
As a boy, Austin absolutely loved baseball. At Tascosa High School, Austin earned a baseball scholarship and graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in geology. Shortly thereafter, in 1964, he married Natalie and enlisted in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Austin’s son Kenneth was born at Fort Leonard Wood in 1967. In 1968, Austin was awarded the Bronze Star for exemplary service in the Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he moved to Grants, New Mexico, to work for Kerr McGee in the uranium mines. His daughter, Leslie was born in 1969. Austin eventually transitioned to Homestake Mining, becoming a supervisor. Austin coached his son’s little league team and spent much of his free time working on motorcycles. He took many crosscountry bike trips with friends. Austin was a hardworking man with impeccable ethics who built a strong, healthy family.
The uranium mines closed in 1985, with Austin staying on to manage reclamation. Austin retired from Homestake in 1995. In retirement, he and Natalie enjoyed being snowbirds in their RV in southern Arizona, tinkering on cars and motorcycles, and visiting national parks and monuments in the Southwest, making friends as they went. Austin and Natalie moved to Albuquerque in 2018 after Natalie had a stroke.
Out of the blue, Austin suffered a major seizure on Thanksgiving Day 2019, which fractured many vertebrae and essentially left him unable to walk. We jokingly attributed this seizure to his displeasure at the Cowboys' quarterback's performance in the game that day. Over the following seven months, his health declined rapidly.
He is survived by his wife, two children, and six grandchildren. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will not be a memorial service. His ashes will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Natalie has relocated to the Atria Vista del Rio assisted living facility, 1620 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Regards can be mailed to her there. Austin will be fondly
Austin will be fondly remembered as one of the most honest and genuine men most of us will ever know. God rest his beautiful soul.