Myles F. Warner

Sep 14, 1937 - Nov 5, 2011

Obituary

WARNER, Doc

ADCM Myles Warner, USCG (retired), died peacefully at home on 05NOV11 at the age of 74. He is survived by his son Leo Warner, daughter-in-law Debi (Brown), and grandchildren Myles III, Emerson and Andrew Thompson. Andrew, who he raised from birth, was equal parts son and grandson. Also mourning his passing are extended family members Rob and Terra Brown and daughter Mia, Darren and Michele Robb and daughters Maggie and Reagan, and his friend of 17 years and fellow grandparent, Rickie Brown.

Grampa ultimately succumbed to the prostate cancer that he’d battled bravely for six months from a hospital bed in his son and daughter-in-law’s living room. As he crossed the bar he was surrounded by his immediate family and a few shipmates who came by to help him stand his last watch as we said goodbye to our patriarch. We already miss him deeply. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Edith, stepson Van Thompson, and his mother and father: Rose and Myles Warner Sr., respectively.

Doc was born in Norfolk, NE in 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958 where he served on active duty for 34 years. He was a HC-130 flight engineer, a job he relished, for the bulk of his career, with over 1500 flight hours in that type alone. At the time of his retirement he was the senior C-130 flight engineer in the entire Coast Guard. He was a pioneer in naval aviation qualifying as a crewmember and plane captain in 7 different types of Coast Guard rescue aircraft, including helicopters and amphibious airplanes. As a helicopter crewman he participated in numerous rescues at sea. Additionally, he opened two of the five Coast Guard Air Stations that operated the HC-130H rescue aircraft, including CGAS Sacramento. Over the past several months many Coasties called or came by to visit and attributed much of their success in the Coast Guard and in life to the leadership and mentoring offered by Master Chief Warner.

Not being one for idleness, Doc lent the leadership and expertise obtained over a career in the military to the skills of close friends who had started a local, family-owned hardware business from the ground up. This second career sustained him from his retirement from the Coast Guard in 1989 to six months ago. Over a period of 22 years, Doc developed a reputation for fairness and honesty and knowing pretty much everything about hardware and rental equipment. Not coincidentally, a fair portion of those 22 years was spent managing a hardware store in the flight path of McClellan Park. Additionally he spent his last months at his son’s home, which sits in the flight path of Mather Field. The fact that his post retirement career and his last months on this mortal coil were spent where he could observe his beloved C-130’s on their training flights was not lost on anyone who knew him well.

We would be remiss in not recognizing the support and contributions of many professionals and friends who lent their care, support and expertise, these are: Robert DeBruin, MD; Mansoor Javeed, MD and his staff; Mercy Home Health and Hospice Services; Steven Madrick, RN and Michelle Epperson, RN and her nurses at Mercy Folsom; Liliana Antonicelli RN, and Vasily at Mercy San Juan; the Gold Country Chapter of the Chief Petty Officers Association of the U.S. Coast Guard; Commander Mitchell Morrison, Master Chief Kerry Kriske and Senior Chief Dan Lechner, USCG, CGAS Sacramento and lastly the Tom Carpenter and Jason Smith families, respectively. Thank you all!!!

Memorial services will be held at East Lawn Mortuary on 12NOV11 at 1000hrs. Remembrances may be made to the Coast Guard Foundation, The Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund 394 Taugwonk Road Stonington CT 06378, in the name of Command Master Chief Doc Warner, USCG (RET).

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841

Guestbook

  • Bill Waits says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. Doc really was a great mentor and I have charished our time together for my entire life. CG Air Station San Francisco, 71-75.

  • Tom Scoggins says:

    Rest in peace Doc. You will be missed.

  • Mark & Elizabeth Villalta says:

    Myles was a grandfather to Andrew and took him in when his father passed. He was also great friend to my son Mark. He thought nothing about giving him a “head slap” if he thought Mark was out of line. He was there for him to talk to if Mark needed it. He will be very much missed and our condolences go out to his family at this time of grief.

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