All six brothers in the Glanzer family have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
The youngest attained scouting’s top level last Saturday during a Court of Honor ceremony.
“We are all proud of them,” said Keith Glanzer, father of the boys from Spokane’s North Side.
Peter Glanzer, 18, stood before family and members of Troop 121 to receive his Eagle medallion inside the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2112 W. Francis Ave.
“It was pretty awesome to have all the years of hard work and dedication pay off,” Peter said.
Being the last of the six to become an Eagle, he acknowledged that he faced family pressure.
“If I didn’t get it they would not let me forget,” said the 2014 graduate of Shadle Park High School, where all of the brothers went to school.
For his required community service project, Peter organized volunteers to build the roof of a log picnic shelter in the ORV section of Riverside State Park.
Peter is currently in the Salt Lake City area preparing for his mission in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The troop is based at the Glanzers’ LDS church on the North Side.
Family members gathered earlier this week at the family home on North Fairmount Place to talk about Scouting and the brothers’ achievements. Four of the Eagles joined the conversation over the Web.
They told how Scouting became the family’s main activity and served as a positive venue for lower-cost vacations when the children were growing up and family finances were tight.
“It teaches a respect and a gratitude for the outdoors,” said Ezra Glanzer, 37, the oldest brother and currently a military attorney based with the 151st Air Refueling Wing of the Utah Air National Guard.
He became an Eagle in 1992 and went on to earn degrees from Shadle Park, Brigham Young University and Gonzaga University School of Law.
The Scouting ethos is so imbued in the Glanzer family that they have a decorative pewter plate inscribed with the Boy Scout oath, which serves as a family motto.
“Boy Scouting is one of the best tools for raising a family,” said Donna Glanzer, the mother and only female in the clan prior to the marriages of the older three brothers.
“Besides making the kids great, it helped me to be a good mother,” she said.
Both parents have been recognized for their extensive volunteer work dating back to 1981.
The family moved to Spokane in 1987 so that Keith Glanzer could attend GU’s law school as part of a career change to his licensed practice in personal injury and family law.
Because of the age differences among the six boys, the family has never lived together all at the same time. They have only been together as a complete group during a handful of holidays and special occasions, including Saturday’s ceremony.
Keith Glanzer said he is unaware of any other family in the Spokane region having six brothers earn the rank of Eagle.
However, the Boy Scouts in Michigan had a sixth brother attain the rank of Eagle in 2012.
“It’s obviously a great achievement,” said Jerry Granum, director of field services for the Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts.
“The family has to be pretty supportive to get one Eagle Scout,” he said.
Along with Peter and Ezra Glanzer, the other four brothers to attain the rank are Samuel, 36, Paul, 34, Joseph, 28 and Isaac, 26.
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