Warren William DeLey, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Warren was born in Pasadena, Calif., in October 1934, where he grew up. He subsequently attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor and master's degree in Education. He went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D in Sociology from UCLA. Warren was the Director of Institutional Studies at Sacramento State University from 1967 to 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he was a lecturer at Cal State Bakersfield, and from 1971 to 1998, he was a professor, and at one point, Department Head of the Social Sciences department at Cal Poly. Warren enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling and daily walks on the beach. He loved to entertain his young grandchildren and their friends with his organ playing and ventriloquism. He served as organist for over 25 years at the First Church of Christ Scientist San Luis Obispo - his church was very important to him. Warren is survived by his wife, Mary DeLey; children William DeLey and Carolyn Diaz; stepchildren Marina Healey, Lee Godfrey and Amy Newman; and grandchildren Wesley, Ethan, Andrew, Denyl, Denae, Deanna, Faith, Olivia, Mia, Jack, Shantell, Krista, Val, Hunter and Mieke. Pursuant to his wishes, there will be a private memorial.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 31, 2013