Warren Buckner, 92, a great Lemon Grovian, died on March 30. His memorial is set for May 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Vista La Mesa Christian Church.
Buckner chaired the Lemon Grove Planning Commission from 1978 to 1980 when he resigned to serve the Helix Water District for the next 27 years. Like his neighbor Harry Griffen, Buckner became synonymous with the sound management of the region's water supply. He also served on the San Diego County Water Authority and championed the creation of the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, where part of the garden is named for him.
Warren and his late wife, Virginia, moved to San Diego in 1942 when he joined Consolidated Vultee (later Convair and General Dynamics) as an engineer and aircraft designer. He helped to develop the PBY, Sea Dart, B32, Convair 220, 880 and 990, and the Atlas Centaur rocket program. Some can be seen in the San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park. He was a contemporary of George Cremer of Lee House and Solar Turbines fame, and Bob Martin, another Grovian who was a designer with Hughes Aircraft.
He served the Lemon Grove School Board from 1957 to 1977, started Los Torros Pop Warner Football, led Boy Scout troops and participated in PTA activities.
Warren and Virginia Buckner were avid readers—she was a teacher—and members of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. They were a remarkable team throughout their long, accomplished lives and central to the growth of Lemon Grove.