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Elmer John “E.J.” Warren, 84 of Aurora, Colorado died May 29, 2019.
He was born September 27, 1934 in Petoskey, Michigan to Florin John and Bessie Jane Warren. He was the second of five children.
He graduated from Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls, Michigan in 1951. He attended Michigan Technological University where he received a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1956 and a M.S. in 1958.
After graduation and six months in the Army Ordinance Corps, he worked a year with Michigan State highway Department before joining Schlumberger Well Surveying corporation in 1959 as a oil well logging engineer. He advanced to Senior Research engineer in Schlumberger ‘s research facility in Ridgefield, Connecticut before leaving in 1969 to return to college to obtain a teaching certificate.
He was married to Linda Kay Malone in 1959. They had three children: James Alan, Lisa Kay, and Holly Jane who did not survive childbirth. They were divorced in 1977.
He earned a teaching certificate at Northern Michigan University in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. He was awarded a National Science Foundation traineeship at Michigan Tech to pursue a Ph.D. in Geology. He accepted an earth science teach position in Fraser Michigan Public Schools in 1972. He completed his Ph.D. in Geology in 1982. He retired from Fraser Schools in 1990.
He and his wife Caro Somers then moved to Newport, Oregon. They moved to Colorado in 2013.
He was an avid lapidarist and rock hound. He polished rocks and minerals into beautiful spheres. He took many trips collecting rocks for his hobby. He conducted field geology trips with the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association. Other hobbies and sports included ice hockey, softball, basketball, tennis, swimming, reading, travel, bridge and low stakes poker.
He is survived by his wife Caro Somers, daughter Lisa Collins, two grandchildren: Jennifer Collins and Paul Collins, one sister, two step daughters and a step son.
A memorial service will be held at Parkside Village, Aurora, Colorado on June 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.