Warren Fredrick Cawley
(June 15, 1945 to November 11, 2020)
Warren Fredrick Cawley was born June 15, 1945, to Ken and Glenna Cawley. Twelve years later, his brother Shawn was born.
Warren’s hobby at age 8 was building model cars and by 10 he moved on to model airplanes. By 1985 he had about 500 model planes. Over time many got broken due to many moves and dried out glue.
One of Warren’s favorite things to do as a teen was to ride his bike all day long. He would take off in the morning with a bag of snacks to last the day or pocket money earned mowing yards for a hamburger and soda. During the summer, he would take Greyhound to Atwater to visit with his Granddad. There he learned about running an almond ranch and caring for various animals.
Schools: Wilson, Beard, Mildred Goodwill, Roosevelt Jr High and the first graduating class of Grace Davis High School, San Diego State, Modesto Jr. College and in Japan.
During College at Santa Barbara State College, Warren had many different jobs to pay his way and support himself. He taught people how to surf which he learned from a book, even though he could not surf! He was a disc jockey at the college radio station from 9-midnight. He sold used cars and worked at a Pizza restaurant.
At Santa Barbara State, he took Psychology and trained for the Navy. He wanted to fly and had to be a lieutenant to be able to qualify as a Pilot. He flew an F4 -Avenger and F14-Tomcat. He served aboard the Coral Seas the Montrose and the Hancock during Viet Nam.
Between college and the Navy, Warren got married and he had three children, 2 boys Mark and Michael and 1 girl Michelle. With two sons, he decided to become a scout master with Boy Scouts. He and his daughter were both involved with St. Andrews Society and he was a Life Member of the Modesto Chapter.
After the Navy, he worked as a Correctional Officer and Counselor at Duel Vocational Institution in Tracy California for 26 years. He retired after a heart attack in 1999 resulting in quadruple by-pass surgery.
In 1979 Warren met Cyndy at a local gym where they became friends. Their lives kept crossing, so they kept in touch. In 2009 they got married after 30 years of friendship on November 7, 2009. In 2013 they bought their house in Modesto, California.
After his heart attack in 1999, Warren continued to have increased medical issues which finally started to weaken him. The last few years, Warren kept fighting to go on, but finally went to his time of rest on November 11th, 2020, Veteran’s Day, four days after his 11th wedding anniversary.
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