Warren Allen Gardner (1924 - 2016) Obituary

Warren Allen Gardner left his loved ones behind on September 22, 2016. Warren was born on June 25, 1924 in Outlook, WA to parents John Andrew Gardner and Annie Pearl Gardner (Giles). He was the eldest of six siblings. Warren was born in to a hard working logging family and at a young age provided the much needed support and leadership to the family business. These were the difficult times of the Great Depression and prewar years.

Warren is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Laura Vivian Gardner. Laura’s professional background as a retired Holy Family RN provided invaluable assistance during Warren’s recent decline in health. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Eileen Pfeiffer, brother James Gardner; children Allen (Lori) Gardner, Deanna (Ted) Fisher, Elizabeth Turner, Rita Gardner; step-children David (Jacque) Brown, Raymond (Janet) Brown, Patricia (Collin) Cary and Brenda (Ray) Barry. Currently Warren and Laura have a combined total of 41 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Warren is preceded in death by his parents John and Pearl, brothers Johnny (Leah) and Dale (Jackie), sisters Gertrude and Audrey, sister-in-law Judy (James) Gardner step-daughter Caroline Brown and daughter-in-law Nancy (Allen) Gardner.

Warren was passionate about many things. He was a self-taught pilot, machinist, wood worker, heavy equipment operator and designer/architect. His number one passion as a young man was to become a pilot. With his brothers, he built, crashed and re-built many model airplanes. These passions eventually lead Warren to buying and restoring antique airplanes. In 1953, Warren purchased a 1929 Golden Eagle Chief in shambles for one hundred dollars. He continued to upgrade and make improvements to stay current with evolving aviation standards. Warren owned the airplane for approximately thirty years and it is still flying today.

Warren returned to another one of his lifelong passions of metal working. With his machine work, he created precision scale model logging equipment. His productions have been displayed throughout the northwest at numerous fairs, museums and logging conventions.
Warren’s talents lead to lifelong friendships and memberships in the Experimental Aircraft Association, Antique Aircraft Association, Inland Empire Gas and Steam Buffs, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and the Intermountain Logging Conference, Inc.

To many who knew him, Warren was a brilliant craftsman and story teller. His sharp memory and detail to names, dates and places was legendary. He was affectionately named Smooth which described his extraordinary road building expertise. A couple of Warren’s mottos were “For a Smooth Road, Call Smooth” and “If you can describe it, I can do it!” Throughout the road of life, Warren developed lifelong friendships with innumerable individuals. Few people, young and old escaped the wit, humor and love of Warren.

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Letter From the President

Welcome to the 78th Intermountain Logging Conference & Equipment Show

Mike Newton ILC President

Mike Newton
ILC President

The board of directors of the Intermountain Logging Conference, extend a warm welcome and invitation to all logging families, equipment suppliers, and industry friends to join us for our 78th Intermountain Logging Conference and equipment show.

This years vice President, Trevor Stone and his committee have put together a great program titled “A Bright Future”. This program will be educational, as well as entertaining.

The Intermountain Logging Conference is a great place to acquire continuing education credits, as well as gaining important knowledge about the current state of our industry. We take pride in bringing current, innovative technology pertaining to the tools for our trade through partnership with the leading equipment dealers who provide the newest, up to date equipment for all to see.

Our focus has always been to build friendships. Please come and join old friends to exchange new ideas, with the hope that you will meet new friends and collaborate with like minded people.

With your participation, the Intermountain Logging Conference has continued to grow and expand. You are all a vital part of the success of this conference.

I look forward to seeing all of you in April!


Mike Newton
ILC President