On Friday, May 12, 2023 Glenn D. Watt Jr., at age 67, entered into the everlasting loving arms and presence of God. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his beloved family. He was a dedicated husband to wife Janine for over 44 years, and devoted father of four children Nicholas, Glenn (III), Sarah, and William.
Glenn was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 15, 1955 to Glenn Donald (Sr) and Esther Thomas Watt. He was raised in Denver, PA becoming a 1973 graduate of Cocalico High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kutztown University. Glenn earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from Lehigh University in 1979. While studying at Kutztown, he met Janine Augusta Schulte and the two were married on June 10, 1978.
For 21 years he served in the United States Air Force with honor and distinction rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His postings included the Pentagon, the Air Force Academy, Strategic Air Command, the National Security Agency as Department Director, and the 509th Communications Squadron Commander. Glenn received numerous awards and accolades for his service, including the ‘Outstanding Military Educator’ award at the US Air Force Academy.
After retiring from the military, Glenn became CEO of Backbone Security in 1999. While at Backbone, he was a frequent guest on ‘Computer Wise’ and CNN, providing helpful tips and insight on computer security. His passion for education led him to become an instructor at East Stroudsburg University where he developed the first accredited Computer Security degree in the nation. In 2007, he joined Medidata Solutions as Chief Information Security Officer before retiring from the workforce in 2018.
Glenn’s Christian faith was central to his life. He sought salvation at the age of 12 and his passion for Christ led him to serve as elder, teacher, and small group leader in churches across the country. He exemplified the love of God through generosity. He freely gave his time, a listening ear, and a trusting presence to all communities he engaged. He instilled the same love of God with his children, often visiting elderly care homes to perform for the residents as “The Watt Family Band.” He loved to play the guitar and spent many hours playing songs with family, friends, and church events. He served communities wherever he lived, receiving the ‘Outstanding Young Men of America’ award for service to the community in 1984, being a Scout Leader, and marching band parent volunteer.
Known for cultivating relationships, Glenn met the world with kindness and a compassionate spirit. Through his expansive social network, he regularly provided help to those in need - sometimes life changing. From the officers and enlisted he commanded to employees and colleagues to the students in the classroom, Glenn actively supported and invested in those with whom he interacted. He was known for his quick wit and always had a story to tell.
Even in the final battle with cancer, Glenn’s care for others was apparent. He joined with the American Cancer Society in coordination with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on a video promotion for clinical trial participation to better research cures and treatments. He appeared as a guest speaker on Pastor Burd’s ‘Living Truth’ on WBPH-60 to share his faith.
Glenn is preceded in death by his father, Glenn Sr, his mother Esther and sister Glenna Brensinger. He is survived by his loving wife Janine and will be remembered by his sons Nicholas; Glenn (III), William and his wife Kelly; daughter Sarah Watt Sherry and her husband Douglas; Grandson Jack Sherry; Granddaughter Jordan Sherry.
SERVICES: On Saturday, May 20, 2023 family and friends are invited to visitation hours between 9 and 11 A.M. Following visitation, a Funeral Service will begin at 11. Please join us at Calvary Baptist Church, 5300 Green Pond Road, Easton, PA 18045. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Glenn’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to
Calvary Baptist Church
5300 Green Pond Road, Easton, PA 18045
The Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that Glenn worked with during his cancer treatments:
Attn: Megan Berry
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Office of Development
PO Box 27106
New York, NY 10087
Please indicate on the check memo line that the gift is in memory of Glenn Watt.”
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