Jesse Willis Warren, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and veteran passed away on February 28, 2020 at the age of 82 surrounded by his family. Jesse was born on December 16, 1937 to Welby and Mable (Dibble) Warren in Mapleton, Utah in the “very farthest east home in Mapleton; right at the base of Maple Mountain.” He was named after his two grandfathers and felt privileged to carry their names. Jesse spent his youth with his siblings working on the family farm. When he wasn’t working on the farm, he spent time with his good friends exploring Mapleton and Maple Mountain and playing sports.
He attended Mapleton Elementary and Springville High School graduating in 1956. After graduation he attended Snow College for one semester and then worked for a construction company for a year before joining the army. He served for 18 months in South Korea at Ascom City where he processed all of the officers in and out of Korea and assigned them to their next unit. He came home on a ship across the Pacific Ocean and was honorably discharged from the service in October 1959.
Jesse truly loved Maple Mountain and hiked and rode horses throughout his teenage years and much of his adult life on the mountain. He also spent lot of time in Wahnroads helping the Wiscombe family on their ranch. Both of these places were some of his favorite places even late into his life.
Jesse met and courted Connie Whiting while working on Neil Whiting’s farm in Mapleton and they were married in 1965 at the Mapleton White Church by Jesse’s father Welby. They had 3 wonderful children together and he supported his family by working for Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Co where he was a millwright and a blacksmith until he retired in 1999. Throughout this time, he also farmed in Mapleton and loved farming and raising livestock all of his life.
Jesse diligently served his community as a member of the Mapleton Irrigation and Strawberry Water Boards for 20+ years. He also cherished his friends and the time spent every morning at the coffee shops for the past 50+ years.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, and his children, Chad Warren of Mapleton, Christy (Joseph) Nemelka of Mapleton and Camille (Gene) Cope of Springville; 9 wonderful grandchildren, Chaleesa (Matt), Joseph, Casey, Matthew (Taylor), Kelty (McKade), James, Harrison, Jack, Jesse and four of his siblings, Darrell (Rula) Warren of Gunnison, Morris (Sharon) Warren of Mapleton, Evelyn (Mike) Deamer of Centerville, and Karen Averett of Mapleton He is preceded in death by his parents, Welby and Mable, his sister Margie Hutchings, brothers-in-law John Averett and Rodger Hutchings and his granddaughter, Anna Nemelka.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 1:00 pm in the Mapleton White Church, 31 W Maple Street, Mapleton, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday, March 6, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary located at 82 West 400 North, Mapleton, Utah and from 11:30 to 12:30 prior to the memorial services. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah. Condolences may be sent at www.wheelermortuary.com