The public is invited to attend a memorial service Saturday, June 7, for Bob Warren, a former Perris Mayor and longtime business and civic leader. The service will take place at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Perris, 100 North A Street.
Mr. Warren, 83, died on April 18 at his retirement home in Fort Worth, where he had lived since moving from Perris in 2009.
The upcoming memorial will feature remarks by Quinn Hawley, a retired Navy chaplain and friend of the Warren family. There will be a slideshow about Mr. Warren’s life and friends will be invited to share memories.
Mr. Warren was 29 when he was elected to the City Council in 1960 and sworn in as mayor at that time—the youngest person ever to serve as the top City official. He also became the first-ever two-term mayor of Perris. Mr. Warren served as mayor from 1960 to 1966 and left the City Council in 1968. During his tenure as mayor, Mr. Warren succeeded in getting a ballot measure passed to purchase the current Civic Center and implemented the city manager form of government still in use in Perris more than half a century later.
Mr. Warren already was a fixture in Perris by the time he entered the world of politics, having spent years working at the People’s Store that his family opened in 1939. That store, at Fourth and D Streets, was the go-to place for agricultural workers, teachers, business owners, professionals, high-school students and parents with young children.