Greg Warden was born
December 24, 1968 to Mike Warden and Connie Marie Large. The day
he was born it was recorded as a drizzly Christmas Eve holding
at a cool 46 degrees that year. Although it was drizzly and cold
when he came into this world, the chill of the birthday had no
bearing on his disposition. Greg went on to melt the hearts of
many with his warm smile and friendly eyes as he made himself
available to help those he loved as well as those he barely
knew. Greg Warden was so very giving of his time and talents,
this continued as he helped others where he saw need throughout
his life. Greg began his working career while still in high
school, learning early on how important it was to be dedicated
and loyal to employers. In fact, one of Greg’s hobbies came
from one of these earlier jobs in life working with his hands to
bring about a functional finished project. Several of his family
members benefited from Greg’s talents. In fact, Greg’s
youngest child Sawyer still benefits from a gorgeous floating
bed his daddy made especially for him a few years back.
Before becoming ill,
Greg would spend several years driving commercial big rigs for
various companies. He made a modest living for his family and
before too long they settled on a nice family home in Stayton
Oregon. Greg first met his future wife back in high school,
where they would spend lunch hours together, palled around as
buddies and even double dated. Greg and his future wife would
even bring dates for the doubles. After going separate ways, it
was many years later their paths crossed again before becoming
just one, marrying and having two children. Greg joined the LDS
church and attended regularly when work permitted, even
receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood.
He was his mother’s
first born, followed by a sister Michelle to whom he adored.
Greg was blessed with a sister Missy (Michelle) and brother Karl
when his mother remarried, who Greg would often look up to
throughout his life. Another sister, Kristen and finally the
youngest brother, Brandon. Being the eldest, Greg would often
take care of his younger siblings and became quite close to them
in those times. His father Mike has always been there for him
showing love unconditionally. When needed, Greg’s mother
Connie didn't hesitate to leave Hawaii and retirement to help
with some of Greg’s care during the more difficult times. Greg
suffered greatly with this illness but went through it with
courage and faith right up to the last call he took that
summoned him home. He passed peacefully right before breakfast,
surrounded by his wife and children in the comfort of his home.
Greg Olin Warden was 49 years old when he was summoned home. He
will be missed.
He is survived by his
loving wife Lisa; children, Joe, Saedie, Sawyer, Ian and Logan;
brothers and sisters, Karl, Michelle, Kristen, Michelle (Missy)
and Brandon, as well as, many friends and family.
Memorial service is
Saturday, July 7th at 10am at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, 1400 Western Avenue, Stayton. In lieu of flowers the
family has asked that contributions be made on the memorial page
at Weddle-Funeral.com to cover funeral and future household
expenses that will accrue. Your kind thoughts and messages are
much appreciated during this incredibly difficult time.
to Weddle Funeral Service.