On February 1, 2024, at the age of 93, Warren W. Cecil, Jr. left this world for the arms of our heavenly father.
Warren was born in White Horse, CA. On his birthday in 1952 Warren married his high school sweetheart, Kathreen Clark Cecil. Upon Kathreen’s passing they had been married 66 years.
Warren was born into a ranching family and grew up i the farming community of Winters, CA on a dairy and almond ranch with one brother and four sisters. It was there that he first learned the value of discipline, hard work and a strong work ethic that became character traits that he embraced his entire life. Warren came from the era where a handshake or your word was a binding contract.
He served in the US Navy aboard a submarine unit and was honorably discharged. In his younger years while living in Davis, CA he participated in elite softball teams and enjoyed hunting. He was proud to have served as part of the “Greatest Generation” and was a proud patriot to the end of his life.
Warren attended the University o California, Davis for several years before developing a long term, successful business as a distributor for Crystal Dairy in Davis, CA supplying dairy products to the entire University of California, Davis system in addition to all local businesses and residents with the highest level of customer service. In 30+ years of being in business he never allowed himself a sick day, working 6 days a week and doing maintenance/repairs on the 7th day.
After retiring, Warren and Kathreen moved to South Lake Tahoe and he spent the next 20 years golfing with his best friend and golf buddy, Father John Grace, on the links in South Lake Tahoe, CA and fishing for Mackinaw in Lake Tahoe. In their later years they moved to the Carson Valley. He was very proud of his annual expansive tomato garden that was tended with great care and the bount was shared with all.
Warren was predeceased by his wife Kathreen and his daughter Melissa Cecil O’Neil, a brother, three sister and his parents He leaves behind his daughter Melanie Minister (Tim), his sister Sharon Bailey, a grandson Ty Cecil O’Neil, two great grandchildren, Eddie and Guy, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of longtime friends that he stayed in contact with throughout his long life.
A special thank you to his caregiver, Shanice aka Keeshon, who gifted Warren with exceptional loving care and comfort and his hospice nurse, April and his CNA, Lisa, who offered him extraordinary care during his final days.
No services are planned. A celebration of his life is planned this spring in conjunction of the Douglas County Senior Center and Young at Heart, an organization that was dear to his heart and a lifeline for him after the passing of his wife, Kathy.