Glenn Stoddard

HAYWARD, WI — Former Eau Claire lawyer Glenn McDonald (Mac) Stoddard passed away at his cabin near Hayward on June 16, 2017. 

Glenn was born on February 18, 1958, in Washington, D.C., to Charles H. Stoddard and Patricia C. Stoddard. He grew up in Duluth and took degrees from UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison before embarking on his distinguished career in conservation, environmental and civil rights law. He practiced with his mentor and partner, Ed Garvey, in their firm Garvey & Stoddard, S.C. Garvey passed away earlier this year.

Glenn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1980; a Master of Science degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984; and, a Juris Doctor degree in December 1994 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to his legal practice he worked for the Wisconsin Assembly’s Special Committee on Forest Productivity and Rural Development; as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Land Conservation Association; and, as Director of Government Affairs for the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

From 1995 through 2005, Glenn practiced law in Madison, Wisconsin with his friend and mentor, Ed Garvey, as a partner in Garvey & Stoddard, S.C. — one of the most influential civil rights and environmental law firms in Wisconsin. In 2005, Glenn established the Stoddard Law Office in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and moved his practice to northern Wisconsin. He was a key member of the legal team opposing the Gogebic Taconite Mine in the Penokees and he developed the innovative CAFO Operations Ordinance that was subsequently enacted by a unanimous vote of the Bayfield County Board in January 2016.

In addition to his professional activity, Glenn was also an avid martial artist who practiced and taught traditional Shotokan karate-do and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. In 2010, Glenn earned his Nanadan (7th degree black belt) from Master Hirokazu Kanazawa who also awarded him the honorary title of Kyoshi in the Shotokan Karate International Federation of the USA (SKIF-USA). He served as SKIF-USA’s General Secretary and President and was Head Coach of the National Teams at the 9th SKIF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan in November 2006, and again at the 10th SKIF World Tournament, in Athens, Greece, in August 2009.

On November 1, 2011 Glenn married Molly Otis. Together they initially lived near Hayward, Wisconsin and then relocated to Bayfield, Wisconsin in January 2013. He was Molly’s biggest fan and supported her career as an accomplished and highly talented musician. He sometimes helped her write songs, helped her promote her original music as a “roadie”, and by helping her commercially through efforts he liked to refer to as “Diva Support.” Together they lived life to the fullest.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. Stoddard, who died in 1997, his mother, Patricia C. Stoddard, who died in 2016, and his son, Patrick M. Stoddard, who also died in 2016. Glenn is survived by his beloved family: wife, Molly Otis Stoddard; daughter, Chloe F. Stoddard; given children, Carly Scheer, Cassidy Scheer, and Nicole Scheer; granddaughter, Everly Scheer; and brothers, Jeffrey J. Stoddard, Charles H. Stoddard, Jr., Paul C. Stoddard, and sister Abby Marier. Glenn is also survived by his mother-in-law, Laurie Otis; and sisters-in law Maura Otis, Brigit Parlow, and Margie Crawford. He is also survived by his nephews, Adam Stoddard and Steven Marrier, and his nieces, Laura Stoddard and Sarah Stoddard.

Glenn had many friends and a handful of really good ones. He enjoyed biking, hiking, swimming, birding, skiing, hunting, photography, and other outdoor activities. He loved life and he lived it to the best of his ability. He was a legal and political warrior who embraced a good legal battle or political contest whenever the cause was righteous. Along the way he sought to do the best he could to make the world a better place and to treat others with compassion and dignity.

A memorial service, and a celebration of Glenn’s life and his work on behalf of civil rights and environmental justice, will be held in the fall, which was Glenn’s favorite season. Memorials may be sent to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA), Farms Not Factories, the Sierra Club or Northland College.

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