A GoFundMe page is asking for donations for Jonah Glenn, a Midvale Middle School teacher who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. (GoFundMe)
MIDVALE – Friends remember a history teacher in the Canyons School District.
Jonah Glenn was killed Wednesday after an alleged drunk driver allegedly pulled out in front of him while Glenn was riding his motorcycle on 300 West near 900 South. Wilhelm Robert Heider, 26, whose blood alcohol content was measured to be 0.129% or about 2 1/2 times the legal limit according to a police affidavit, was arrested for investigations into a murder.
Salt Lake police had not released the name of the 24-year-old victim as of Friday. However, according to multiple posts on social media and a GoFundMe page, the motorcyclist was Glenn, a history teacher at Midvale Middle School.
“Our best friend, Jonah Glenn, was killed by a drunk driver. We hope to support his family in putting together a funeral / memorial for this incredible person. Everyone who met Jonah absolutely loved him and was drawn to his energy. He loved getting on his motorcycle and exploring the country. Everyone was important to him and he loved making everyone feel important. ” according to Glenn’s fundraising page, which had almost triple its goal in the first 12 hours.
Glenn started teaching in the Canyons School District in July 2020, according to his LinkedIn page. Prior to that, he was a teaching assistant at Iowa State University and worked as a bartender in Ames, Iowa.
“As so many of his students will tell you, Mr. Glenn was a wonderful teacher. I also knew him as a trusted colleague and great friend. The Midvale Middle community will miss him so much,” said Mindy Robison, principal of Midvale Middle School it in a letter to parents.
A woman on Facebook posted that Glenn is a history teacher in her son’s seventh grade.
“He is heartbroken like the entire Midvale Middle church,” she wrote.
The district said crisis counselors would be at school on Friday to help students who needed to speak.
Several tributes to Glenn have also been posted on social media, including one from the Hog Wallow Pub in Cottonwood Heights, where Glenn also worked.
“A mischievous smile and a heart of gold is how we will remember our friend and colleague Jonah Glenn,” wrote the pub. “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and students. He was a really special person who couldn’t be avoided. He is missed.”
The pub said it was working on putting on an event to pay tribute to Glenn.
“Oh Jonah. My heart hurts. You have been nice to everyone you have met and you have loved others so much, ”wrote another person. “I am grateful for the memories we have together when we were children in church. We have many memories together, memories that I will cherish forever. You will be so incredibly missed.”
No formal charges were filed in the case as of Friday.