Hungerford, John Glen

August 17, 1949 - May 2, 2021

John Glen Hungerford was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 17th, 1949 to Neil Lovenicia Hungerford and Lucy Edwards Hungerford. He left us far too soon after a courageous 9 month fight against glioblastoma. John died in Dallas, Texas on May 2nd, 2021 with his soulmate Jean by his side, after visits from a steady stream of family and friends all impacted by his steadfast grace and charm. His family remains grateful for the science that produced vaccinations and allowed him to be hugged and celebrated during the last months of his life.

John attended McNeese State University, where he majored in horticulture. This led to a storied career in golf, where he started mowing greens at Mallard Cove in Lake Charles, and ended as CEO of Heritage Golf Group. He also built Bear Creek Golf Course and Stonebridge Ranch, with a variety of achievements in between. He touched many lives in his career and he was always grateful for the ways golf allowed him to provide for his family.

While John was incredibly successful in his career, it was his family that was his pride and joy. John had two daughters, Holly and Jennifer, and remained their biggest cheerleader up until the very end of his life. Liam and Landon will tell you his abilities as a Paw Paw were unparalleled and his attendance at every school function and sporting event was the stuff of legends.

John leaves behind family members who really do not know how to do life without him, only that they must because he wanted them to live his legacy. John Glen and his wife Jean Marie were an example of love and devotion to all who witnessed their partnership. Giving and getting, loving and learning, they navigated life together in a way helped all of us learn how to treat one another better.

John, Paw Paw, Pops, Uncle, Big Dog, Brother was a reader, and he was always learning–unafraid to open his mind and change his opinion. He was a fan of scotch or a good glass of wine, country music, his family and friends, and we’d be remiss not to mention he could tear up a dance floor. His impact is hard to explain and measure, but it’s clear to all who knew him that he left the world a better place than he found it. We were lucky to love him and to be loved by him.

If you would like to support us in honoring John, we ask for donations to one of the following foundations in his name. It is our hope that science will one day eradicate glioblastoma. Your gift means everything to the family and we know it would to John:  Glioblastoma Research Organization or The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation

John’s Celebration of Life will be a private ceremony at
7:00 PM Central Standard Time, Monday, May 17th.

Friends and family who would like to join are welcome
via livestream and can use the link or call in information below:
https://jsav.zoom.us/j/94125217109

 

17 replies on “Hungerford, John Glen”

Chelsea Schoonover says:

I will miss Uncle John forever and am so thankful for the little time I had with him. He was an inspiration. I aspire to live a life more like John’s. The world is a little less special without him but, our hearts are not any less full from having him.

Elizabeth Rizzo says:

Such a beautiful tribute for an amazing man. I pray memories of your time with him will bring you comfort in the days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss.

Carmen Gorman says:

John was a wonderful guy and I was fortunate to have known him. Love you all and God’s blessings.

Connie Paul says:

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful father, grandpa, husband and friend to many.
My condolences Jean and all the family. Sending hugs, love and prayers.

John Andersen says:

Rest In Peace my man. I wish I could have talked to you as a friend and most of all my mentor one last time. You were always there for me when I needed a helping hand whether on the golf course or some of life’s challenges. Our days at Bear Creek working with you are some of my most cherished memories. Then once again in Florida. You were always there for me. My sincere condolences go out to your wife Jean, your daughters whom I know where your life, and all the friends you have had throughout your life. I will miss you we well and proud to be a friend.

Tommie knipper says:

I remember John from my days in L.C. he was married to my dear friend, Cheryl. As kind and good a man as I’ve ever known. Peace to his family and heavenly rest for John.

Tom Davison says:

John was an important mentor to me. I worked for him at Mallard Cove in Lake Charles as I worked my way through college. After graduation I decided to move to the Dallas area. John was busy at Bear Creek but made time to meet with me then made some calls and lined up a job for me at the hotel. I couldn’t have made the move without first having a paycheck lined up.

After 18 months I moved to Colorado. For several years, every six months I would pass through the Dallas area for a few days and each time John took the time to meet with me at his various offices . He enjoyed hearing my stories of travel and adventure. He always encouraged me to do it while I could. John also expressed interest in what I was doing.

Mentors like John are few and far between, but very much appreciated.

Michael Ryan says:

John Hungerford was more than a boss to me, he was a mentor, an ear when times were tough and I needed someone to talk to and one of the smartest people I have met. He taught more than golf operations, he taught how to grow snd manage people in ways I had not known before! Often I called John for his thoughts on things long after I was not working for him snd he never judged or did not offer sound thoughts. John, I will continue to talk to you and I hope you now have found peace. I also know you will still be looking out for your family . I know they are missing you in so many ways! Rest In Peace John and we will see each other again!
Michael Ryan

Shelley Callahan says:

John was a kind man and a wonderful mentor. He was generous with his time and smile. He touched so many lives and will be missed very much.

Lisa Gabriel says:

John was truly one of the kindest people I have ever known. He shared his dogs with me and he shared his “top secret” chili recipe with me! I think of him and Jean often (and the dogs, of course!). Together they shared a special love that they graciously extended to those around them. I count myself blessed to know them and to have been a small part of their life for a while. I miss them all very much and the world will miss the special kindness that John embodied.

Hungerford family, my most sincere condolences to all of you. I pray that your hearts heal quickly and that your memories of John always bring you smiles and joy.

Diane Gooderl says:

John believed in me and hired me at Bear Creek shortly after I graduated college at Bear Creek. I loved reading that his family called him their biggest cheerleader, as that is how I thought of him as a boss. Always encouraging, raising an eyebrow when you were not doing your best. I like to think that I modeled my management skills after the kind manager that guided me to a fulfilling career. My deepest sympathy to the family, who I can only imagine how much you ALL will miss him. Sincerely, Diane Gooderl

Addis Kassegn says:

John was a great boss. I learned a lot from him. I admired how fair, kind and funny he was. I will always remember the times he spoke of Jeanne, his daughters and his grandkids. John was also very sensitive to others around him. I feel blessed to have known John.

Geary Goss says:

John, I can’t begin to express my sadness upon hearing of your passing. From the first time we met at the lunch place in Euless while Bear Creek was being built till our phone call last year, you have always been an inspiration to me and my family. Susan and I would not have met each other if you had not given me the opportunity to go to the hotel short school in Houston. Next came you being a groomsman in our wedding. To top that you were celebrating with us for the birth of all three of our children. You were and are a part of our lives for ever. I hope you have had time to tee it up with Andrew and witness his only opportunity to shoot par. Those rounds of golf were epic and some of my fondest memories.
To Jean, Holly and Jenny and all others who you came in contact with and touched their lives I wish you all the Lord’s comfort and peace having been able to be a friend of John’s and also knowing he is home.
John, thank you for being first a great friend and second a true mentor. Love and miss you Geary.

Layne Ricks says:

John was the greatest boss in the history of the golf industry . He always supported me and others in such a positive way . The culture he created at Heritage Golf Group was like a family . I will miss talking to him and seeing his smile .

Andy Crosson says:

Jean, please accept our my sincere condolences for you and the
Family at this difficult time – John was a terrific friend and business partner – I had the honor of knowing him and working along side him for many years in two different companies. I was blessed to have known him and to be able to call him a close friend. John was a terrific human being and he will continue to live in our hearts – Rest In Peace my brother.

Kathy (Thompson) Brumbaugh says:

John was my first cousin on my mother’s side. His mother, Lucy, was my mother’s sister,and the love between them was so strong. I grew up loving the Hungerford family so much, and I still do. May you be blessed knowing how much you are still loved, and that John is safely in the arms of Jesus and his parents. Love to all of you.

Larry Box says:

I had the pleasure of being on John’s team at Bear Creek back in the ’80’s. Great mentor, great friend and great man. Thank you John.

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