Warren Heckman

Warren C. Heckman

July 4, 1925 - Nov. 1, 2013


Warren Heckman, husband, father, grand father, great grand father, and gentleman passed away peacefully at his home in South San Francisco on November 1, 2013 at the age of 88 after a brief illness. Warren was born in Long Beach California to Harry and Emma Heckman. Warren served in the Navy as an officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVB-41) during World War II.


Warren met his wife of 50 years, Marie, in Times Square, New York, on New Year's Eve 1944. They were married while he attended the University of California, Berkeley, on the GI Bill following the war. Warren graduated with a degree in Music Education and began teaching at South San Francisco High School in 1950, where he taught for more than 30 years. During his tenure at South San Francisco High School, he founded one of the first high school jazz big bands in Northern California, the "Blue Knights". The Blue Knights went on to win numerous awards and honors.


In addition to teaching music, Warren performed professionally as a musician and was a member of numerous local musical organizations. Warren enjoyed building and flying radio control model aircraft and was a past member of the Peninsula Channel Commanders Radio Control Model Airplane Club.


Warren and Marie lived happily in South San Francisco until her death in 1997, where Warren continued to live until his passing. Warren was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Emma, and his sister Elizabeth. Warren is survived by his brother Harry (Kate) and his loving children Mark (Kathy), Tina and Patty, his grand children David, Kellie, Sean, and James Warren, and his great grandson James.


The Family is holding a private memorial and internment. A celebration of Warren's life is being planned by the family to be held after the Holidays for anyone wishing to attend. For details regarding the celebration of Warren's life, please email: mightyhorns@sbcglobal.net.


Failure was never a word


Warren Heckman had ever heard


He mentored each and all


Until heaven made its final call


He didn't leave without a fight


And fought death with all his might


But God chose to take his hand


To be the leader of his band


In lieu of flowers, the Family requests donations are made to the (www.heart.org) or the Peninsula Humane Society (www.peninsulahumanesociety.org).


The Family would also like to thank the dedicated staff of Kaiser Hospice for their kind assistance and support.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 10, 2013