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John Sherman Warriner

Posted: Friday, Aug 9th, 2013

John Sherman Warriner, 88, of Watsonville, CA and previously of Portola Valley, CA, passed away July 27.

John was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He attended The Fay and St. Mark’s Schools in MA and graduated from Princeton with a degree in Geology. John served in WWII in the infantry where he earned a Bronze Star. In 1949, he married Jane (Ricky) Cunningham in South Bend, IN. After graduation, he worked in gold mines in Perron, Quebec and Grass Valley, CA. He then moved into publishing and lived with his wife in Menlo Park and Portola Valley. Eventually he became co-owner of Fearon Publishing of San Francisco until his early retirement. In 1977 they moved to the beach outside Watsonville

While living in Portola Valley, John loved playing tennis. He was member #11 at the Alpine Hills Tennis Club. He later organized tennis tournaments including several California State Tennis Championships.

John was an avid birder. He was a founding board member of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation on which he served for many years. He was involved in the Snowy Plover Project at PRBO from the beginning. He was also Co-Compiler of the Moss Landing Christmas Bird Count since its inception in 1976.

His love of nature, birding and traveling sent him and his wife all over the world to over 40 countries including those in: Africa, Central and South America, New Zealand and Australia. He particularly enjoyed expedition cruising.

John leaves his wife of 63 years, Jane “Ricky” two daughters, Barbara Indra and Sue Delmanowski; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves two nephews and nine nieces and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lendall P. Warriner.

In lieu of services, there will be an informal gathering of family and friends on Sunday, September 15 between 2 & 5 p.m. at the Sanderling Center (Rec hall) at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville. Contributions can be sent to The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (P.O. Box 267, Moss Landing, CA 95039) or The Snowy Plover Project at PRBO (3820 Cypress Dr., Petaluma, CA 94954). The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Dominican Hospital for their attentive care during John’s final weeks. John will be remembered for his intellect, love of books, quick wit and generosity.

Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

For the complete article see the 08-10-2013 issue.

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