Obituary for Glen Arlan Perkins

Glen A. Perkins, 80, of Wildwood, FL passed away peacefully on July 24 at home. Glen will be remembered fondly by the Alpha-1 Foundation and the many Alphas that he helped through the peer guide program. As a liver transplanted Alpha, he provided support and guidance to so many Alphas on their transplant journeys.

“Glen gave so much to so many in the Alpha-1 Community.  He shared his knowledge, his support, his guidance and his heart.  Glen served in various volunteer positions with the Alpha-1 Foundation – support group leader for Colorado and Wyoming, peer guide, focus group contributor, fundraiser, advocate  – He was always the first to volunteer to help another Alpha.  And his beautiful wife, Margaret, was right by his side lending a helping hand”, said Cathey Henderson, Director of Community Programs.

Glen was born on February 13, 1941 to Calvin and Loella Perkins in Britt Iowa where he was raised. He then attended Colorado State University on a Wrestling Scholarship and graduated with a degree in History and Languages. He and his family then remained in the Fort Collins, CO area until 2015.

Glen is survived in his passing by his loving wife of 59 years Margaret, brother Mike Perkins (Jan), his son Glen Perkins Jr (Christie), grandsons Jeremy Caldwell (Kattie), Dawson Wick, granddaughter Haley Wick and great grandchildren Brianna, Xander, Anabella, Abby and Tyus. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis and Alan, daughter, Tammy Caldwell (Gary), and grandson, Nico Perkins (Brittany)

Glen’s biggest passions in life were his family, woodworking, Native American history and telling umpires that they were doing their jobs wrong while watching baseball and softball. He was also active in the Masonic Lodge and a Strong Advocate and Transplant Preparedness Leader for the Alpha One Foundation after receiving his liver transplant in 2001.

“Glen was a “helper” in every sense of the word.  When I attended my very first Alpha-1 Foundation National Conference, he took me under his wing and connected me to other Alphas and all the resources available and made me feel part of the Alpha family right away,” said Peggy Iverson, Member of the Alpha-1 Foundation Board of Directors.

Memorial services will be announced by the family at a future date.