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SSgt Charles Earl Warren, Sr., 33°

Mar 31, 2024

NP #87 (2023-24):  SSgt Charles Earl Warren, Sr., 33°

Personal:  Charles E. Warren, Sr. was born 24 November 1939 in Marietta, Ohio, to Audrey Frances and James Henry Warren, Sr.  He graduated from Marietta High School in 1957. He later attended Syracuse University, New York, majoring in Russian Language and Area Studies, completing the program in December 1958.  He attended New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico in the 1960s, majoring in pre-medical studies. He received a B.S. degree in Technical Management in 1990, and an M.S. degree in Management in 1992, both from Regis University in Denver. He was married to Merrill-Lee (Edison) Warren.  He held technical management positions with several aerospace contractors from 1965 to 2001, including Motorola (prototype testing of the Sidewinder radar seeking missile), Land-Air (Medical research and impact studies at Holloman AFB, NM), EG&G (Electro-Magnetic Pulse research studies at Kirtland AFB, NM) , Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical (unmanned aircraft development and flight test at Holloman AFB, NM; Edwards AFB, CA; Hill AFB/Dugway Proving Grounds, UT); General Dynamics (Tomahawk Cruise Missile prototype test and development at San Clemente Island and Pt. Mugu NAS, CA); Martin-Marietta (various Star Wars test programs), and retired from Lockheed-Martin in 2001 after working with development and test of the MX (Peacekeeper ICBM) at Denver, CO, and Vandenberg AFB, NM and communications satellite manufacturing/test/launch operations in Sunnyvale, CA.

Uniformed Service:  SSgt Charles E. Warren, Sr., served in the USAF from 3 October 1957 through 2 October 1965. Following Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, he was assigned to Det. 1, USAFIT at Syracuse University for Russian Language and area studies.  Upon graduation and promotion to A2C in December 1958, he was assigned to 6933rd Radio Group Mobile in Karamürsel, Turkey, as a Voice Intercept Processing Specialist. He was promoted to A1C and designated a supervisor within the unit. In 1962, he was chosen for retraining in Flight Test Instrumentation at Lowry AFB, CO. Upon graduation, he transferred to Holloman AFB, NM, where he was assigned to the Air Force Missile Development Center rocket sled test facility and later was tasked as a Flight Test Instrumentation Technician and promoted to SSgt.  He was the  aircrew member testing missile guidance system survivability in C-119, and C-130 testbed aircraft until completion of his tour of duty in 1965.

Masonic History:  Brother Charles E. Warren, Sr. was raised a Master Mason in 1974 in Gateway Lodge #29, Clearfield, UT, where he served as Worshipful Master in 2006 and 2007. He received the Utah Mason of the Year Award 2009.  He was Past Secretary of Camp Floyd Historic Lodge #205 and received Hiram Award in 2012. In Grand Lodge, he served as Grand Sword Bearer and Grand Chaplain for multiple terms in the period 2007-12. In Scottish Rite (A.A.S.R.-SMJ), he served as Wise Master of the Rose Croix Chapter and Master of Kadosh in Consistory.  He was  invested a K.C.C.H. in 2005 and coroneted a 33° I.G.H. in 2011.  In York Rite, he served as Grand Secretary-Recorder of Grand York Rite of UT.  He was Grand Royal Arch Captain of Grand R.A.M.; Deputy Grand Master of R&SM; and Grand Commander of Knights Templar, all of Utah.  For York Rite honors, he received the Royal Arch Mason Distinguished Service Medal (silver) and Knight Commander of the Temple.  As presiding officer of his Lodge, Chapter, Council, and Commandery, he was elected to K.Y.C.H. and served as Treasurer of Utah Priory #47. In other York Rite-related Bodies, he was Past Sovereign Master of Behle-Simons Council #544 and Jezreel Council # 570, Allied Masonic Degrees.  He was Viceroy of Bonneville Conclave Red Cross of Constantine and Past Governor-Camp Floyd York Rite Sovereign College of North America #190.  He was a member of Petra Tabernacle LXI Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; Intermountain Chapel No.26 St. Thomas of Acon; Order of Athelstan; Knight Masons; and Anointed High Priests, Thrice Illustrious Masters, and Past Commanders Associations. In Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.), he was Chaplain of El Kalah Shrine (multiple terms).  In Order of Eastern Star (O.E.S.), he was Past Worthy Patron of Beth Arabah Chapter #24 (multiple terms) and Past Worthy Grand Patron of Grand Chapter of Utah 2021-22l.

National Sojourners: Bro. SSgt Charles E. Warren, Sr., 33°, was initiated into Salt Lake Chapter #114 on 14 December 2004 and made a Hero in Great Salt Lake Camp, Heroes of ’76, on 23 March 2005. He soon served as President of Salt Lake Chapter #114 and Commander of Great Salt Lake Camp.  After leading both Orders, he served as Secretary of Salt Lake Chapter #114 and Adjutant of Great Salt Lake Camp Heroes of ’76 (2005-09) and (2010-21). At the national level, he was appointed Regional Representative for Utah (2015-18) and Treasurer of NASOCOCO (2018-19).  He was elected to the Committee of 33 (2016-19).  He was a member of Royal Order of Barrow Wheelers and appointed an Honorary Marine Third Lieutenant.  He was an MMIP of 20+ Chapters.

Brother SSgt Charles E. Warren, Sr., 33°, laid down his working tools on 31 March 2024, while serving as National President.

Memorial Services for Chuck Warren

Memorial Service for NP Chuck Warren will be held Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT

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