Warren Edward Gardner
On March 18, 2015, Warren E. Gardner passed away at his home in St. George, Utah at the age of 89. Warren was born in Silt, Colorado to Harry and Arline Gardner who left Missouri to homestead in Divide Creek, Colorado. While Harry was away on a construction project, Arline moved the family of three boys (Maurice, Richard and Warren) to Glenwood Springs. When Harry returned to Divide Creek, he found a new family had moved into his house, and he was told his family had moved to Glenwood Springs. He waited outside of the Glenwood elementary school, and when Warren came out of the building, Harry asked him: “Where the heck do we live, son?” Thus began the first of many adventures in Warren’s life.
Warren graduated from Garfield County High School and was drafted into the U.S. Infantry where he proudly served as a member of the 69th Infantry Division. He was part of the 273rd Infantry Regiment, which met the Russians near the Elbe River in Germany in the final days of World War 2. Following his Honorable Discharge from the Army in May of 1946, Warren attended the University of Colorado and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in civil engineering. He married Shirley Ness and they raised their family of two boys, Steven and Rick. His marriage to Shirley dissolved and in 1982, Warren married Darlene Mitchell, who remained his closest friend and companion until his death.
While living in Glenwood, Warren joined Gardner Construction Company, owned by his father and his uncle, Maurice Gardner. The construction company built many projects throughout Colorado including the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery and the Grand Avenue Bridge over the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, where Warren and his brother Richard served as project superintendents. It is interesting that in the year of Warren’s death, the bridge he built in 1953 in Glenwood Springs is scheduled for replacement. Warren moved his family to Grand Junction in the 1960s, where he formed CBW Builders, which constructed many projects in Mesa County including the Vintage 70 Condominiums and the Ridges Subdivision. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Mesa County Republican Party, as a member of the Grand Junction Planning Commission, and as Chairman of Club 20.
In 1985 Warren and Darlene moved to Summit County, Colorado, where he continued to work on development projects. In 1991 he was named as Top Producer and was inducted into the Re/Max Properties Hall of Fame. Warren and Darlene lived in Bigfork, Montana from 1998 until 2013 when they moved to St. George, Utah. Warren is survived by his first wife, Shirley Ness Gardner and their sons Steven (Lucinda) Gardner and Rick (Aline) Gardner, by his wife Darlene Mitchell Gardner and her three children, Julie (David) Lonczak, Kevin (SunHee) Mitchell, and Todd Mitchell, and by nine grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Colorado Hotel in Glenwood Springs on Sunday, June 21 beginning at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Warren’s memory may be made to Hospice through Intermountain Home and Health Care in St. George, Utah.
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