Frank R. Warren, of Del Mar, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at Scripps Memorial in La Jolla on Sunday, January 26, 2014.|
Frank was born on March 14, 1922, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was married to Joanne Warren on March 1, 1957.
In 1926, his father, William Warren, founded Warren Properties in New Orleans. In 1937, Warren Properties was relocated to Southern California. Frank assumed management of the business in 1956 and grew Warren Properties into a successful apartment construction and management operation which now consists of over eleven thousand apartment units across sixteen states. In his sixty year career, he was a founding member of Rancho Santa Fe Savings Bank and La Jolla Savings Bank. Along with Joanne, he was a patron of the arts and a major philanthropist in the San Diego area. His Warren Family Foundation has given millions of dollars to local charities.
Frank had a fascination with animals and a soft spot in his heart for the San Diego Zoo. His frequent donations led to the Zoo naming a baby gorilla, "Frank." Frank, the gorilla, now resides in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
He was predeceased by his son, John Warren, in 2007. Frank is survived by his wife, Joanne; his son, Bruce (Eileen) Warren; daughters, Lisa (Eric) Campbell, Carol Warren, and Tracy (Stephan) St. Amour; and eleven grandchildren.
The memorial service was held at the Church of the Nativity in Rancho Santa Fe, on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: San Diego Zoo Global, PO Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Feb. 6, 2014