Glenn Hearn died peacefully at home in West Tisbury on March 2, of complications from Parkinson’s and heart disease. He was 83.

Glenn’s family moved to Vineyard Haven from Hyannis when he was three. His wife of 60 years, Linda (Magnuson) Hearn, teased him that even though his roots to the Vineyard were deep, he would never be a native like she was.

He graduated from the Tisbury School in 1955. The Vineyard’s first football team was started in 1953, the first Vineyard sport to involve all three high schools. Glenn was quarterback of the team for his junior and senior years.

He graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Glenn and Linda were married in November 1960 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last November. He received an master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in 1963 and a master’s in education from UMass Lowell in 1974. During his engineering career he worked at several firms in and around Boston. He also taught engineering to graduate students evenings at Northeastern. Before he and Linda moved back to the Island, he taught day classes in computer science at Northeastern.

They returned the Island in 1993, where he built the house they lived in for over 25 years. Soon after, he became involved with the Agricultural Society building project, and went to New Hampshire as one of the Barn Busters to take apart and bring back the barn that now houses the Agricultural Hall. Later he became clerk of the works on the project. Glenn taught in the math lab at the regional high school and developed the hydroponics greenhouse and classes there. He served two terms as a West Tisbury selectman, was a longtime trustee of the Ag Society, land bank representative from West Tisbury for 15 years, and one of the founders of the Farm Institute.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brothers in his younger years, winning many prizes in the derby, but never the big one, and he always came to the Vineyard to hunt during deer week. Glenn and his wife had a stand at the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market for over 25 years where his children and grandchildren enjoyed helping when they were here on vacation in the summer. His hobbies included gardening and woodworking. He entered his vegetables and woodworking projects in the fair, and over the last 15 years had enjoyed carving birds.

He and his wife did some traveling in retirement, but he preferred spending his time in West Tisbury. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and was proud of their achievements and successes.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Eunice (Rogers) Hearn, his brothers Kenneth and Kevin. He survived by his wife; his son Mark and his wife Renee, his daughter Susan and her husband Timothy Collins and his daughter Laura Hearn; six grandchildren, Emily, Jessica, Devon, Blake, Shaun and Morgan; and many nieces and nephews.

Interment at the West Tisbury cemetery will be private, with a celebration of life planned for a later date.

Donations can be made to the MV Agricultural Society, Box 73, West Tisbury, MA 02575,or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.