It was a funeral for a true Texas legend as hundreds of friends and law enforcement came to Longview on Friday for the final goodbye to Texas Ranger Glenn Elliott. He was remembered as a man who personified the toughness and professionalism of the Texas Rangers.
"He really was a Ranger's Ranger, if you look in a dictionary for Ranger, Glenn's picture ought to be there," says retired Texas Ranger David Burns.
Elliott passed away December 31st at the age of 86. Many who knew and worked with him over the years remembered his homespun charm and direct personality.
"You always have this distinct impression that a Texas Ranger had showed up. I knew him as that character that defined him as Ranger. He was a Ranger's Ranger. When [he] showed up you just had great respect," says Texas Parks and Wildlife Officer Don Jeter.
Law enforcement officials from all over Texas attended Elliott's funeral.
"There was a vast cross section there. A lot of law enforcement, but a lot of people not associated with law enforcement that knew Glen personally and if you knew Glenn, he was your friend," Burns says.
He was respected as a Ranger, but also loved as a good father.
"He was a friend, and always whistling, always happy always smiling. We're comforted in the fact of what he did for us as a family and what he did for the people he served," says his son Dennis Elliott.
Laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery, Elliott was given a final salute by fellow officers.
"He was the man at the time that needed to be there and we were glad he was there," Jeter says.
Elliott wrote two books about his experiences as a Texas Ranger -- 'Glenn Elliott: a Ranger's Ranger,' and 'Glenn Elliott: still a Ranger's Ranger.'
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