In Memory

Robert C Warren

Robert C Warren


Robert Clinton Warren Jr.
May 30, 1953 - February 28, 2023
Burleson, Texas - Robert Clinton Warren Jr. died Feb. 28, 2023, peacefully in his home. He had spent his final hours asleep with his beloved wife and younger daughter by his side.
Robert previously beat colon cancer, but it returned at stage 4 in early 2022. He battled with chemotherapy as long as he could, then was lovingly cared for by his wife, Patrice, at home in his final months.
Taciturn by nature, Robert had an unexpected sense of humor. He could be fun and charming when you least expected it. He was the family photographer, with boxes and boxes of photos that showcase his artist's eye. Many of those were taken during family vacations, car trips along scenic roads in Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas and Missouri. His most treasured trip was to Yellowstone with his wife. He loved the grandeur and the beauty of the national park.
As a young man, he enjoyed playing hockey and attending Fort Worth Wings games with his wife and friends. He was an avid, lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan.
He loved fall and winter, especially Christmas, and tolerated spring for the thunderstorms it brought. However, he had no sense of self-preservation when it came to standing outside to watch them, as if he didn't realize that a 6' 4-1/2" human might be a lightning rod.
Robert was born May 30, 1953, in Fort Worth, the third son of Robert Sr. and (Hettie) Ruth Warren. He was Bobby to his family and was close with his older brothers Paul and Wes. He attended Fort Worth schools, graduating from Arlington Heights High in 1971.
The next year, he met Patrice Allen, who wasn't so sure of this guy at first. But boy, did she change her mind. They were married Dec. 2, 1972, and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Their first daughter, Staci, was born May 1973, followed by a second daughter, Holly, five years later. They lived across the street from the house Robert grew up in before moving to Crowley in 1980. In 1998, they moved to Burleson, settling into a home next door to his mother, Ruth. Robert added a gate to the adjoining fence so everyone could move easily between the homes.
Robert worked more than 30 years at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, moving up from a plant worker to serving as Safety and Environmental Manager. He traveled extensively for work, visiting factories in Mexico and across the southwest United States, until he left the company around 2009.
In his later years, Robert turned his attention to his hobbies. He had a thriving eBay store, reselling antique knives. He loved spending time with his family, especially his four spoiled cats.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, his mother and a sister-in-law, Carole Warren. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patrice Warren, of Burleson; daughters, Holly (Ryan) Rusak, of Fort Worth, and Staci Camacho, of Wichita, Kan.; brothers Paul (Kathy) Warren, of Omaha, Neb., and Wes Warren, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sofia, Olivia and Garrett Camacho and Emily Henderson; four great-grandchildren; and four beloved cats who miss him.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Published by Star-Telegram on Mar. 12, 2023.


(Depending on who are our mutual friends are, this may come as no surprise.)
My dad, Robert C. Warren, died Tuesday night after a year-long Celebrity Death Match with Stage 4 cancer. Sadly, as is so often the case, cancer won, the cheating bastard.
We're not saying that Jerry Jones' inability to get the Dallas Cowboys anywhere near a Super Bowl was the actual cause, but ... both things are true.
My dad was a complicated dude, but here are some things that are true: We both loved hockey. We both loved big thunderstorms, although only one of us was dumb enough to think that being outside during a storm AND 6'4" was a good idea.
We both loved Christmas, and that's probably how he ended up naming his August baby "Holly." He also took F O R E V E R to unwrap his Christmas presents, much to the ongoing frustration of his family. But as I have just learned, he just wanted to make the magic of the holiday last as long as possible.
He taught me that everything was either overpriced or a piece of junk, and at the tender age of 44, I have to concede that he was right.
He loved Yellowstone: the actual physical place and the hit TV show starring Kevin Costner. I suspect heaven, for him, is a large cabin surrounded by trees and overlooking a lake with a large front porch. The Cowboys always win, the cats rule the roost, and mom and dad are already with him.
I don't have a ton of great memories with my dad, though most of them are reflected in these pictures. But I did get a lot of good moments and conversations in the past several weeks when it was just the two of us. There was a lot more to my dad than he ever let most of us see, and that's a shame. So maybe the best lesson he ever taught me was to be open about yourself and curious about others.

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03/12/23 08:41 AM #1    

Alice Dickie (Webb)

So very sorry for your loss Holly

03/12/23 11:14 AM #2    

Pete Rodriguez



I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. Robert and I were classmates at Arlington Heights HS.  He was a quiet, but very friendly guy and I  wish I had known him later in life.  God bless.  

03/12/23 11:40 AM #3    

Beth Phillips (Engelhardt)

Holly, this was a lovely tribute to your Dad. Makes me very sad that I did not keep up with him. You were, and are, very lucky to have had him in your life. Sending love and prayers to you and yours.

03/12/23 02:01 PM #4    

Robert Don (Haas)



I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer is nobody's friend, and deeply affects us all. Thank you for the memorable message.


Robert "Don" Haas, '71

03/12/23 05:07 PM #5    

Becky Cozby (Davis)


I'm so glad you knew how to post on our classmates site.  Your dad was a gentle giant during high school.

Always respectful and kind. I echo the thoughts of others, I wish I had gotten to know Robert better.

Thank you for sharing your memories with us.  We are so sorry for your loss.

Becky Cozby Davis

03/13/23 08:35 PM #6    

Libby Walker (Anderson)

NOTE TO CLASSMATES:  You might want to go to Holly's FB page to post your comments because I do not know if she can access this website to read them.  I contacted her personally and asked permission to share her tribute from her FB page to here.  Also, above her post is the link for the obituary.  You may have to cut and paste it to see it.


Libby Walker Anderson, Admin.


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