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Phillip Raymond Warren

July 25, 1943 ~ June 2, 2020 (age 76)


Phillip “Phil” Raymond Warren, husband, father, grandfather, veteran United States Air Force staff sergeant, and former owner of Quail’s Cleaners in San Marcos, California, passed away on June 2, 2020 while in hospice care in Vista, California. Phillip was preceded in death by his wife, Monique ‘Nicki’ Theresa Warren, his parents, Ralph Raymond and Dorothea Geraldine Warren, and his two brothers, John Henry and William Edward. He is survived by his sister, Dorothea Ann Warren; three sons, Stephen Mathew (Jacquelynn), David Andrew (Melissa), and Daniel Edward (Caroline); and four grandchildren, Isabella Rose, Lucas Cash, Edison Phillip and William Arthur.


Phil was born on July 25, 1943 in Bell, California and attended various schools in and around Los Angeles before graduating from Mount Carmel High School in 1961. In early 1964, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he spent the next eight years as a communications specialist stationed in England, Germany, and Pakistan. In 1970, he married Monique Theresa Berube in Downey, California, whom he met a few years prior to enlisting in the Air Force. Immediately after, the couple moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Phil was stationed. In 1972, their first son, Stephen, was born and, a few months later, Phil left the military and the family moved back to Los Angeles County where he pursued an undergraduate degree in history at Long Beach State (now California State University, Long Beach). In 1975, during Phil’s final year in college, Phil and Nicki welcomed their second son, David. After graduating in 1976, Phil briefly taught high school before being promoted to manager at the Albertson’s grocery store where he worked in Downey, California. The family welcomed their third son, Daniel, in 1977. In 1980, Phil took ownership of Quail’s Cleaners from his uncle and, less than a year later, in 1981, the family moved to the house in San Marcos on Via Los Arcos. The cleaners supported the family until he sold it in 2005, after which he took a job at Ricoh before finally retiring in 2015.  Phil will be remembered for his infectious sense of humor, warm smile, distinctive laugh, passion for history, and the love and affection he had for his wife, children, and grandchildren.


A funeral mass will be held in July to honor Phil’s life. Please send an email to if you wish to be contacted about the details. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to CurePSP ( on his behalf.


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