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Warren D. Goldman

Posted: Thursday, Oct 31st, 2013

Warren D. Goldman

Warren D. Goldman

Warren D. Goldman, the son of Homer W. and Lela Goldman, born in Hollister, California, died peacefully at 5:30 a.m., October 24, 2013. He was surrounded by family and friends, with his favorite dog at his side, at home, as was his wish. He was 76 years old.

He was a multi-faceted human being as those who knew him and loved him can attest. He looked comfortable and handsome in a three-piece suit but was much more at home modeling Cabella’s latest gear while duck and deer hunting, fishing or being anywhere in nature at some ridiculous hour of the morning.

Warren was always motivated to work hard and to play hard. He started working nights for the railroad three weeks before he graduated from Salinas High School in 1955. In 1960, he had the opportunity to work for his father as an apprentice carpenter. His budding construction company had just obtained its general contracting license and was awarded the only Butler Building Franchise on the Central Coast. The company name was changed at that time to Salinas Steel Builders. Warren continued to work for Salinas Steel Builders for 33 years, gradually progressing through the ranks to ownership. He also continued to work for the railroad for 15 years as a brakeman and conductor, he also was a volunteer fireman. When asked why he worked so hard, his answer was always the same, “To take care of my family.”

Also in 1960, the family built its first warehouse to lease. That was the beginning of Goldman Land and Development Company or GLAD, which is the multi-tenant warehouse leasing company owned and operated by the members of the Goldman family today.

Warren was a successful business man and a successful hunter. He was named Builder of the Year by the Associated General Contractors, the same year that he shot a moose in Alaska. Likely, Warren was more thrilled bagging the moose (the magnificent trophy became the centerpiece of Warren and Patty’s family room where, through the years, its six foot rack was adorned with seasonal decorations). He was honored when asked to be a founding director of the Bank of Salinas, later Community Bank. The same year he got his best deer ever at the Malcolm Forbes Ranch.

Warren always felt the strong desire to give to his community as it gave to him. He was a lifetime member of Rotary, the Elks, Native Sons of the Golden West and Sons of Italy. He also briefly was a member of the Lions club.

He enjoyed his nine trips to the Malcolm Forbes Ranch for deer hunting, his trip to Scotland for Red Stag and Sitka deer, and his deep sea fishing trips. He enjoyed playing at golf. For Warren, the point of these outings was to enjoy his companions and the beauty of the day, and not to fret about his errant shots. Mostly, however he loved and enjoyed his family! He loved his sons and their wives completely. This love of, and pride in them, from their young sporting achievements to their desire to follow him in the business, was complete.

His four grandchildren are, of course, perfect. Warren planned many an adventure with them. He planted a garden with his oldest grandson, then hid large strawberries for him to find and eat when nature’s cycle proved too slow for youthful patience. He built tree houses in the yard, made caves in the bushes, and taught them how to play pool. Giving golf cart rides was a favorite diversion, where the young could speak their minds and Warren, as always, would listen.

Warren is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Patty, his sons Jeff

(Becky) Goldman, Stephen (Chrissy) Goldman, his four grandchildren

Wesley Goldman, Lauren Goldman, Stephen Goldman and Stefano Goldman, his brother Harvey Daniel Goldman, three nephews Brad, Chris and Rod Goldman, one aunt, one uncle, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by the mother of his children Mary Lou Molinari Wangberg.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Rosary will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Struve and Laporte Chapel.

Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church 22 Stone St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Entombment at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heartland Hospice or SPCA of the Central Coast, or donor’s favorite charity.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com.

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