Warren Edward Tobey

Dec 6, 1947 - Nov 13, 2018


Warren Edward Tobey was born December 6,1947 to Jesse Franklin Tobey and Lois Sehestedt Tobey in Sacramento, California and went home to be with the Lord on November 13, 2018.

Warren grew up in the Woodlake development located in North Sacramento where he attended Woodlake Elementary, Valley Vista Junior High and Norte Del Rio High School. He graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelors Degree in Art and had a lifetime career as a Potter and General Contractor. He spent the last 13 years fighting multiple myeloma, congestive heart failure, and end stage renal failure, succumbing to his illnesses on November 13th.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of more than 30 years, Karen Williams Tobey, their sons, Chris (Kendra), Jason (Desirae) and daughter, Nicole (Dan). His Sisters, Carol and Anita (John) and Nancy (Bill); Nieces, Heather, Michele, Kelly (Jonathan), Christina (Marcos), Stacey, Becky (Jimmy), Katie (Ben), Kayla, Cloie and Nephews, Derek, Kai, John (Kristin), Kyle (Jessie), and Conner. He is also survived by His Sister-in-Laws, Ginny (Mike who preceded him in death), Gloria (Jack, who preceded him in death), Sharon (Howard), Mary and Arlene (Don). He loved spending time with all of his family, especially his nine grandchildren, Ethan, Carter, Logan, Chase, Lennon, Leanna, Tommy, Claire, Emma and far too many friends who were as close as family to name.

In healthier times, he loved to travel, play golf, make trips to the coast and create beautiful art pieces in several mediums such as clay, glass and wood. Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to our beloved Husband, Dad, Poppa, Brother, Uncle, Artist and Friend. Please join us on his Birthday, December 6th for a memorial service in his honor at 4:00 PM Disciples Church, 281 Iron Point Road, Folsom, CA 95630 and the reception immediately following at our residence clubhouse at 100 University Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825 (Entrance at 100 Howe Avenue Business Park – entrance at back gate).


  • Sandy Sandoval says:

    Many fond memories on Ancil Hoffman Golf Course, playing and having team wagers and a cold beer after the round. RIP

  • Karen Tobey says:

    Missing the love of my life, but confident he is celebrating in Heaven with our Lord♥️ I’ll love you forever and will see you again.

  • Tom Strand says:

    Most of the time I spent with Warren was also in the company of Larry McClure, Warren’s chum since grade school. These two were always bickering, teasing, laughing and generally climbing up each other’s noses like an old married couple. From my perspective, Warren was a genuine great guy; generous, engaging, perceptive and artistic, with a zest for living that was inspiring.

    • Karen Tobey says:

      Thanks, Tom. I cannot recount the number of stories I have heard over the years involving the Tobey’s and McClure’s. Their childhood antics were epic and as they grew to both love the game of golf, Warren would always love times that he was able to join you and Larry for a round. He always spoke of you as a “stand up guy” and he always enjoyed spending time with you and Lois!

  • Gene Lockard says:

    Years ago, my then-wife and I had the great good fortune to spend a weekend in Carmel with Karen and Warren. Carmel is a place of jaw-dropping beauty, but what made the trip particularly memorable was spending it with our friends. Warren was a natural comic, with a gift for living life large, even when doing the quieter things, and it was an absolute delight spending time with such a lovely couple. When I think of that time together, it is Karen and Warren that I remember even more than the splendor of the California coast.

    My deepest sympathies to Karen and her family on Warren’s passing. May her deep spirituality continue to provide her with peace.

  • christine sinander says:

    I will miss my dear friend, Warren. He was full of good humor and just plain fun to be around! I was only 10 years old when I first met Warren and his family when they moved in next door, and he was always like a big brother to me from that time onward. He was rich with talent, too. He built a beautiful, one-of-a-kind doghouse for his little dog ‘Creamy.’ I remember the unforntunate incident in which he accidentally sawed his fingertip off – and the Doctors put it right back on! He had fun telling the story. The tablesaw trouble didn’t interfere with his creative abilities. He also had a kiln right in his own back yard to create beautiful works of pottery. I remember days of playing Chinese Checkers and listening to John Denver….he was always ready for a day of play. Big blue eyes, big smile with a mustache on top and a big, goofy laugh to put a big smile on my face – this is how I remember my friend, Warren!

    • Karen Tobey says:

      Chrissy, I have heard those same stories multiple times over the years and he would tell them with that big smile and often speak of you, your Mom and Dad and your siblings. He truly loved the Sinander family!

  • christine sinander says:

    Condolences from the Sinander Family.

  • Scott Carlton says:

    I’ll never forget the camping trips with Warren and Jason and me and my dad to Bodega Bay. And Warren would never let me forget how scared he made me when I was a kid when he shared the Two-Finger Charlie and One-Eyed Jack murder story one night at Van Damn State Park…I couldn’t sleep that whole trip 😂 Scott Carlton

  • Mark Carlton says:

    I will always remember my friend Warren and he will hold a special place in my heart. He was one of the first people in Sacramento that I became friends with after moving from Reno. He was a champion prankster and took extreme joy in conjuring up stories such as “Two-fingered Charlie” that he could tell our kids while sitting around the campfire. It was very funny that the kids would want to stay a lot closer to us while hiking, after hearing that “Two-fingered Charlie” might be lurking in the woods somewhere. While living in Sacramento, Warren and I would often meet for lunch and he always would tell me at the end of our lunch how much better he felt about himself after hearing my tales. On a professional note, I was also impressed by Warren’s gift of blending his trade with his art. He had an uncanny ability to visualize his projects and be able to help his clients embrace the vision of the project. Changing gears again, I was with Warren the night his life changed forever….when he met Karen. I think the dude was immediately in love! She has been a rock for him over these years of illness. Over the last 13 years it has been painful to see Warren decline, but I take solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Joy brown says:

    I will miss my handsome, sincere and funny cousin. Although we grew up in different states and didn’t know each other as kids, I will cherish memories of the good times we had along with the phone calls, emails and cards we exchanged as adults. It was so fun to discover traits we had in common because our fathers were brothers like the time we went to breakfast and both piled on the pepper causing Karen to call us “two peas in a pod”. Bye for now, Cuz💕

  • Karen Fulk says:

    Hello Karen!
    I’m so sad to hear of Warren’s passing now at this late date. I was just trying to find him because we need a new deck! and so does our daughter. I’m so sorry to hear he suffered so much. Is there anyone who worked for him who you would recommend? It’s hard to find good workers these days. I hope you and your family are well and recovering. I’m not happy about this shocking news.

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