April 26, 1930 – June 1, 2014
Warren was born in Chanute, Kansas to Warren Aurelius Shelton and Virginia Lee Clark. The family moved to southern California in 1942. He served in the Army in Japan during the Korean War, and earned his Masters Degree in Art and Education at U.S. C.
Warren married his love- Elaine Marjorie Smith in 1953 and taught photography and Art for 30 years at James Monroe High School in So. California.
He has two daughters, Amy Zoe Shelton-Saladin of Bishop, California and Portland, Oregon, and Margaret (Peg) Standridge of South Lake Tahoe, Ca. His little brother Ernest Earl Shelton is a renowned sculptor in Cambria, California.
Warren was a steward of Earth. His heart grew big daily. He was a mountaineer and he climbed extensively in his beloved Sierra, bivouacking with many first ascents. He was akin to Norman Clyde and Edward Abbey. He was a brilliant and adored teacher, and some of his students went on to become professional photographers. Warren was a highly gifted artist, painter and sculptor, river guide and professional oarsman. He was a pilot, a photographer, an astronomer and a geologist. He had a passion for many things; Airplane and Glider building, beekeeping, bonsaiing, spelunking, mountain biking and his 10” telescope.
Warren was a part of the “Old Guard” – He was a true Earth Whisperer. Warren was loved and also is love and has now moved on.
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until after sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
– J. Muir