Warren E. Gatton went to be with his Lord and Savior quietly at his home in Los Olivos, on July 4, 2017.
He was born in Winner, South Dakota on March 9, 1927. He is an Army Veteran and served in the Korean War and received an honorable discharge.
He moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1957, where he worked as a carpenter. He later became a general contractor and built many homes throughout the valley.
Warren married Bonita in 1958 and they lived at the Trout Farm until Memorial weekend, when they moved to their home in Los Olivos, where they raised their four daughters.
Warren is survived by his wife Bonita, daughters Michelle Schneider (Richard), Alicia Summers (Mike),
Susanne Gatton and Sandra Gatton. His grandchildren Rachael Summers, and Ian Summers (Sarah), and several nieces and nephews.
He loved to fish, hunt, go to the Rodeo, grow a vegetable garden and raise animals on their small ranch.
He helped raise his daughters to be strong, independent women. He taught them to fish and the fine art of taking care of the animals on their ranch.
Warren loved the Santa Ynez Valley and he had a passion for helping people. He was well loved by many people, and always had a joke to share. He was a member of the Vikings, the Lions Club, and the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church where he served on the BAG committee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (512 E. Gutierrez St., Ste. A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103).
A Celebration of Life will be held on July 18, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in Ballard.