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Glen Cameron Tuckett, 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Provo early in the morning of October 26, 2021 after a brief hospitalization following a stroke last week.
He was a husband, father, grandfather, trainer and many other titles in between.
He was just as proud of BYU baseball’s coveted Cameron Tuckett Award, named in honor of his late father, as he was of the Homer Rice Award (1994) and NACDA / NIT Outstanding Athletic Director Award (1997) for being the best outstanding athletics director.
Glen was born on December 11, 1927 in Salt Lake City to Cameron and Bessie Tuckett. Their hard work ethic towards God, family and the baseball they taught Glen is witnessed throughout his life. An eloquent speaker who could also get by with a referee, he was always very proud of his roots in Murray, Utah, where he graduated from Murray High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 where he served in Japan. He played nine seasons in minor league professional baseball.
Tuckett received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in 1953. He then obtained a Masters degree from BYU in 1962 and graduated from BYU in 1975. He began his career in teacher and coach at West High School in Salt Lake City. . In West, Tuckett coached football, basketball, and baseball for six years before accepting assignments at BYU in the fall of 1959.
He married Josephine Whittaker on March 19, 1959 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Later that year, he was hired by Brigham Young University as a baseball coach and an assistant football coach. Glen and Jo are the proud parents of four daughters and although he never had a biological son, he considered many of his baseball players to be his loyal sons.
One of the highlights of his baseball career came in 1974 as the coach of the United States team that won the World Amateur Baseball Tournament for just the second time in the tournament’s 27-year history. . In 1977 he served as president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 1979, received his Lefty Gomez award in 1990, chairman of the ABCA board of directors (2004- 10) and was the ninth-most victorious baseball coach in the NCAA with a 445-256-4 (.634) record when he was named director of athletics at BYU. Tuckett’s BYU baseball teams played in the College World Series in Omaha in 1968, 1971 and qualified for an appearance in 1961, but did not participate because games were scheduled for Sunday.
Out of respect, BYU baseball never reassigned his No.20 jersey he wore as Cougar’s coach. During the 1966-1975 offseason, he was a color analyst for KSL Radio with Paul James for BYU football and basketball games. He was enthroned in seven Temples of Fame.
Among Tuckett’s honors during BYU’s glory years was the prestigious Dale Rex Award (1983) as he teamed up with BYU football coach LaVell Edwards to gain national attention with 17 appearances in a bowl. No sport or few athletes felt wronged under Tuckett’s tutelage, which brought the NCAA Championship events to the Provo campus in basketball and track and field. He was one of the founders and the main driving force behind the creation of the Utah Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings, including that of Patriarch, in stake presidency and in bishoprics. Glen and Jo were family history missionaries.
“My Camelot” is what Glen reflected from his service at BYU, ranging from his 17-year tenure as a baseball coach and health teacher at the College of Physical Education (1959-1976) to a period equivalent of 17 years as sports director. for the Cougars (1976-1993). His retirement at BYU was short-lived when the University of Alabama chose Tuckett to be its interim director of athletics for 18 months (1995-96), where his efforts were successful in eliminating the Crimson Tide program from violations of the NCAA.
Glen is survived by his daughters Shannon Tuckett, Kendall Tuckett, Erin Mooring (Jeremy), his son-in-law Gene Shawcroft (Janeen); 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Josephine Whittaker in 2020, his parents, his younger brother Larry and his daughter Alison Shawcroft.
A visit will be held on Friday evening, November 5, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave, Provo, UT and one before the funeral from 9 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. at the Chapel. The funeral will be on Saturday morning, November 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Edgemont 6th Ward, 4056 Timpview Drive in Provo, followed by interment at Eastlawn Cemetery in Provo.
Instead of flowers, “take a kid to a soccer game and buy them a hot dog”.