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Warren Mercy Dorn

Warren Mercy Dorn

Male 1918 - 2006

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  • Name  Warren Mercy Dorn  [1, 2, 3
    Born  19 Sep 1918  Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    California Birth Records 
    • Name: Warren M. Dorn; Birth Date: 19 September 1918; Gender: Male; Mother's Maiden Name: Arnold; Birth County: Los Angeles
    Census  1930  Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Warren Dorn, son, male, white, age 11, single, attended school during the previous year, could read and write, born in California, father born in California, mother born in Iowa, state code 98, could speak English, no occupation
    High School  Abt 1937  Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Education  Abt 1939  Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Pasadena City College 
    Education  1941  Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Santa Barbara State College 
    World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946  31 Oct 1941  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Name: Warren M. Dorn; Birth Year: 1918; Race: White, citizen (White); Nativity State or Country: California; State of Residence: California; County or City: Los Angeles

      Enlistment Date: 31 October 1941; Enlistment State: California; Enlistment City: Los Angeles; Branch: Air Corps; Branch Code: Air Corps; Grade: Aviation Cadet; Grade Code: Aviation Cadet; Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men); Source: Civil Life

      Education: 3 years of college; Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses; Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Height: 71; Weight: 139
    Died  10 Jan 2006  Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Cause: pneumonia 
    Obituary  11 Jan 2006  Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Signal 
    • Warren Dorn, County Supervisor From 1956-197
      Warren Dorn Dorn remembered as 'a treasured friend and supporter who cared deeply about the people he served.'

      By Adam Clark
      Signal Staff Writer


      Warren Dorn, former fifth district supervisor with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1956 to 1972, has died after suffering from pneumonia. He was 87.

      He died early Tuesday morning at the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

      He worked as a school teacher and as a Realtor before entering his long career in politics in 1949. He served as mayor for two terms for the city of Pasadena until 1956 and then served three terms as a supervisor. After leaving Los Angeles County he moved to Morro Bay, serving as the city's mayor from 1980 to 1984.

      While Dorn was a county supervisor, he pursued strict enforcement of air pollution standards and helped to establish two airports - Brackett Field and the William J. Fox Airfield. He was also a supporter of the Santa Clarita Valley.

      "He was a great supporter of the SCV [Santa Clarita Valley], especially during the valley's formative years," said Tony Newhall, former publisher of The Signal.

      Former Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Jo Anne Darcy said she first met Dorn while serving as the president of the Acton Chamber of Commerce.

      "I had high respect for him," Darcy said. "He was a nice man, very friendly."

      Morro Bay resident Bobbie Trueblood Davis was an activist in the Santa Clarita Valley during the period Dorn served as a supervisor.

      "I first knew him when my father-in-law owned The Signal," Davis said. "My father-in-law, even though he was a Democrat, he liked Warren.

      "When our city started expanding, it was quite a small place. That's when he first started as supervisor."

      Dorn was a conservative Republican who succeeded Roger Jessup for the seat. He lost re-election in 1972 to KABC newscaster Baxter Ward, a Democrat.

      "He was a warm man and I remember when he was running against former newscaster Baxter Ward for supervisor," Newhall said. "As the incumbent (Dorn) used to donate a lunch to the Boys Club Auction. Well, during the auction, Baxter Ward shows up to the event and bids on Warren's lunch. I guess, fortunately, Baxter was outbid."

      Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich adjourned Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors in Dorn's memory.

      In a statement, Antonovich called Dorn "a treasured friend and supporter who cared deeply about the people he served."

      Born in Pasadena on September 19, 1918, Dorn attended high school in Pasadena as well as Pasadena City College. He graduated from what was then called Santa Barbara State College in 1941.

      Besides his wife and son, Dorn is survived by a daughter, Jennifer, and a second son, Robert, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

      A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Morro Bay.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Dorn, Warren M.; born: 19 September 1918; died: 10 Janary 2006 (V); last residence: 93443 (Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Caliofrnia); last benefit: (none specified);  state where issued: California
    Buried  13 Jan 2006  [5
    Person ID  I23067  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Walter Vernon Dorn, Sr.,   b. 7 Nov 1893, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1974, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret Romaine "Romaine" Arnold,   b. 4 Feb 1899, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1992, San Bernardino County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1915  [1
    Family ID  F3644  Group Sheet

    Family  Phyllis J. Wilson,   b. 12 Oct 1919,   d. 24 Mar 2008 
    U.S. Public Records Index 
    • Name: Warren M. Dorn; Birth Date: 19 September 1918; Address: 212 Beach Street, Morro Bay, California, 93442-2002 (1977); [P.O. Box, Morro Bay, California, 93442]; [P.O. Box No, Morro Bay, California, 93442]; [P.O. Box 601, Morro Bay, California, 93443-0601 (1996)]

      Name: Phyllis J, Dorn [Another record is "Phyllis W."]; Birth Date: 12 October 1919; Address: P.O. Box No, Morro Bay, California, 93442; [212 Beach Street, Morro Bay, California, 93442-2002]; [P.O. Box 601, Morro Bay, California, 93443-0601 (1992)]
    Children 
     1. (Son - 51786) Dorn
     2. Jennifer Dorn
     3. Robert Dorn
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F20286  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Warren Mercy Dorn
    Warren Mercy Dorn
    Warren Dorn was a son of Walter Vernon Dorn Sr. and Margaret "Romaine" Arnold. He was a descendant of Nathaniel and Kitturay (McFarland) Fox, a second great grandson, and a great grandson of their son Thomas "Tom" Fox and his wife, Isadora C. "Dora" Anderson. Warren was born September 19, 1918, in Pasadena, California, and died January 10, 2006, at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California, from pneumonia. He was on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a number of years and had a failed run for mayor of Los Angeles. Warren was married to Phyllis J. Wilson (1919-2008). They had two sons and a daughter. This photograph was published online with his obituary.

  • Sources 
    1. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Pasadena Township, Lamanda Precinct #3 and 4, Los Angeles County, California; Enumeration District 19-1275; Supervisor's District 15; Sheet #: 7B; Page #: 8251; Enumeration Date: April 7, 1930

    2. [S13302] California Birth Records 1905-1995 (ancestry.com and Familysearch) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S588] Veromi Report (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S10731] Dorn, Warren Mercy - Obituary, Adam Clark, (originally published in the online edition of The Signal, January 11, 2006; Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, California) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S4404] World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 (ancestry.com and FamilySearch) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S71] U.S. Public Records Index (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).