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Warren Adams served in WWII, loved flying

Posted: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013


Warren Hall Adams, 86, of Prescott, Ariz. departed this life Aug. 19, 2013, in Prescott.

He was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Cedar City, Utah to Myles and Nola Adams.

Warren’s life was filled with decades of flying experience. Since his early childhood in Cedar City, Warren was enamored with the idea of becoming a pilot.

Following his military service in the U.S. Navy where he proudly served in the Pacific Theater in Okinawa (1944-46), Warren received his pilot license and after developing his skills began flying as a crop duster in Alabama and eventually in southern Utah.

He later worked as a flight instructor and certified aircraft mechanic in Utah, Arizona and California. During this time he also became a helicopter pilot.

In 1960, Warren and Betty (his wife) and their three sons, Dennis, Donald and Michael relocated to Page where he worked for Page Aviation as an instructor and scenic pilot, flying tourists and others over Lake Powell and throughout the southwest United States. His career with Page Aviation allowed him to fly northern Arizona and southern Utah during the building of the Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell.

Warren became a pilot for the United States Park Service until his retirement in 1987 logging more than 20,000 hours of flying time, spanning five decades.

He was a founding member of the Elks Lodge in Page.

Following his retirement, Warren and Betty decided to relocate to Prescott in 1997, where they could enjoy their retirement.

Warren’s love for his country, dedication to flying and his collection of Gretch guitars brought him many happy memories throughout his life and his retirement years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Myles and Nola Adams and his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Betty Adams.

He is survived by his son Michael Adams; stepsons Dennis and Donald Teel; sisters Margy Edwards, Joan Thompson and Patti Adams; grandchildren David, Jason, and Cameron Teel, Jacob, Jaime, and Katie Adams, as well as several great grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Aug. 23, 2013, at Heritage Memory Mortuary in Prescott.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Hospice Family Care Inc., 100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott, Arizona 86301, 928-541-1740. Please visit www.heritagemortuary.com to sign Warren’s online guest book. Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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