Frank Warren — a longtime downtown Manteca businessman and the city’s third directly elected mayor — has passed away.
Warren who served as mayor from 1990 to 1994 died on Wednesday.
“I had high regards for Frank,” said Jack Snyder who Warren defeated in his only campaign for a public office. “Frank ran an aboveboard campaign. He was a good mayor.”
Warren operated Warren’s Bootery — a downtown shoe store — for years. He was part of the partnership that owns Manteca Bedquarters located on the ground floor of the city’s oldest commercial building, the two-story International Order of Oddfellows hall built 104 years ago. Warren and his partners Julian Holifield and Steve Lewis made the second floor available for use by the non-profit Ray of Hope.
Warren and his partners have allowed the community extensive use of their parking lot for everything from Santa’s Hut to Safe Halloween events. The side of their building is graced by the five murals that serve as the Manteca Mural Society’s salute to veterans.
“He was a good businessman,” said Brenda Franklin of Tipton’s Stationery whose store shares the same block as Manteca Bedquarters. “He really cared about downtown Manteca.”
An avid golfer, Warren was part of the group that made the successful push to have the city build the two-story clubhouse that provided the municipal golf course with amenities almost on par with a private course.
Warren was also active in the Manteca Lions service club.
Willie Weatherford who served as police chief when Warren was mayor before going on to serve 12 years as mayor described Warren as “a solid mayor.”
Funeral services are pending.
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