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John Sheldon Warren


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John Sheldon Warren Obituary
April 29, 1922 - June 2, 2016 John Warren passed away at his home in Pacific Palisades on June 2 at the age of 94 with family by his side. John was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Victor L. Warren and Sytske Korthof Warren. He attended University of Minnesota and then joined the Navy during World War II, serving as captain of a ship in the Pacific. After the Navy, John settled in San Francisco and earned his Law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He was tax counsel to the California Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento and then moved to Los Angeles in 1957 to start his long and distinguished career with Loeb & Loeb. John had an extensive practice in state and local taxation, lectured and wrote articles on tax matters, and was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. He served as a trustee of the Fred H. Bixby Foundation and was a director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff. In 1962, John married the love of his life, Katrin "Kata" Einarsdottir. They were married for 33 years until her passing in 1995. In 1968, they moved from the Hollywood Hills to Pacific Palisades with their two young children. John and Kata enjoyed many adventures, traveling across the U.S. and to Africa, China, and Europe. They especially enjoyed visiting Kata's native Iceland. They were both involved at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, where John sang in the choir for 30 years and helped establish the St. Matthew's Music Guild. John was an avid outdoorsman, climbing Mt. Whitney as a young man, taking his family on many camping trips, and enjoying annual birthday hikes in our local mountains with his children until the age of 88. He had a lifelong love for gardening and was a loyal fan of the Dodgers, Lakers and Rams. John is survived by his daughter Vicki of Pacific Palisades, his son Erik (Kari Ann) of Thousand Oaks, a grandson and two step-grandsons. He also leaves his niece Diane and nephew Dave in Minnesota and a large family in Iceland. John brought love and joy to his family, and was always a true gentleman. We will miss him very much, but his spirit will always be with us. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday July 10 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave, Pacific Palisades. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Matthews Music Guild (musicguildonline.org) or to The Arboretum at Flagstaff (thearb.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 2 to July 3, 2016
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