It is with great sadness that we share the passing of former District Governor Glenn Ezell, North Texas ’87.
As a college freshman, Ezell sought out the type of camaraderie he’d enjoyed as a high school athlete. He found a new “team” and deep friendships when he joined the Texas Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at North Texas. Good natured and fun-loving, he fit in easily with the rest of the brothers and enjoyed connecting with a group with a similar sense of purpose. A natural leader, he was twice elected to serve on the executive board.
After earning his degree, Ezell was eager to continue his involvement with SigEp and soon began volunteering. Over the course of his long volunteer career, he served in a variety of roles locally and nationally. Always looking for opportunities to drive success for his home chapter, Ezell served as chapter counselor for Texas Beta, a member of the alumni and volunteer corporation, and was highly involved in fundraising for the chapter home. He was later appointed to serve as a district governor and worked with volunteers serving SigEp’s chapters at Texas Christian, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and the University of Oklahoma. In 2020, his commitment to SigEp was recognized with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
“He focused a lot on the chapter and keeping the kids strong. He loved working with Texas Beta, and I can’t tell you how much the guys loved working with him,” shared longtime friend and business associate Jay Lombardo, ’86, who served alongside Ezell on the AVC.
In addition, Ezell was committed to supporting the Fraternity as an invested donor. He was a longtime member of SigEp’s Board of Governors, and Lombardo praised him for recruiting several other brothers to become regular donors to the Fraternity’s Annual Fund as well.
It was at a Board of Governors event that Tom Barton, Loras ’89, first met Ezell and was immediately struck by his warmth. “One thing that made him great is that he naturally raised the spirits of everyone around him,” Barton said. “There was something special that emanated from him. He was a great brother, a great family man and a hard-working professional.”
Past Grand President Garry Kief, Southern California ’70, also remembered Ezell fondly. “I don’t even remember when I met Glenn. It just seems like I knew him forever. His smile, his warmth, his kindness and his big hugs seemed to always walk into the room ahead of him. He just lived and breathed brotherhood.”