Obituary of Dennis Dale Warner
Dennis Dale Warner passed away on April 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.
A tribute/celebration of life will be held at the Nevada County Airport picnic area on Saturday June 15, 2019 starting at 11:00 am.
Dennis was born on September 15, 1963 in Saugus, CA. to James and Suellen Warner. He attended schools in Saugus and Escondido, CA until moving to Nevada County where he graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1982. He attended Sierra College where he studied electronics and general education. Shortly after graduating high school, he began working at local high technology companies such as Grass Valley Group, Nvision/Miranda, Axsys, and Pride Industries in Roseville. During his career, he advanced his knowledge to become a talented Manufacturing Engineer.
He was active with the Young Eagles program as well as being a member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc.) Chapter #1175 where he held the title of vice-president for a couple of years. During that time, he meticulously coordinated the pancake breakfasts during the Nevada County Airfest events. With the help of many volunteers (including family) and local Boy Scout Troop 4, over 500 meals were served at each event.
Many of his hobbies included traveling around the country and abroad (he loved to visit his “Aussie” friends), flying his plane, camping, hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle riding, wind surfing, skiing (water and snow), gardening, woodworking, and airplane building. Anything he attempted was done to perfection.
Several of his greatest accomplishments were that;
• He earned his pilots’ license at the age of 26.
• He played a big part in helping his dad build an experimental aircraft “The Wheeler Express” which they flew across country several times to the Oshkosh Airshow in Wisconsin where awards were won.
• He helped build several homes for family as well as building his own “cabin in the woods”.
• His latest accomplishment was building his own airplane, the Ridge Runner III. This plane was built with all the precision and craftsmanship with which he did everything. It took him 10 years to build and was his pride and joy. He loved flying it. On his first solo flight, he flew for over an hour and when asked why he stayed up so long, he said “because I was too scared to try to land”.
He was a friendly, helpful, caring man. Dennis took great care of his friends and family. We will always remember some of his favorite phrases and unique ways he expressed them; “I like that”, “coulda but didn’t”, and “Shut up Dennis!” were his favorites. He and his
humor will be missed by so many.
Dennis is survived by his mother; Suellen Warner, step-mother; Irita Warner, sister; Christina Lebrescu (Warner), brothers; Raymond Warner and Randy Warner, and step-sister; Lisa Hill. He had numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was
preceded in death by his father James (Jim) Warner in 1996.
Contributions can be made to St. Jude, Hospice of the Foothills, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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