John Warren; Noted Tax Attorney, Outdoorsman

John Sheldon Warren, 94, passed away at his home in Pacific Palisades on June 2 with his family by his side.

He was born April 29, 1922, in Min- neapolis to Victor L. Warren and Sytske Korthof Warren.

John Warren
John Warren

He attended the University of Minnesota and then joined the Navy during World War II, where he served as captain of a ship in the Pacific.

After the war, John earned his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. He started his career as tax counsel to the California Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento.

In 1957, John moved to Los Angeles to start a long and distinguished career with Loeb & Loeb. He had an extensive practice in state and local taxation, lectured and wrote articles on tax matters and was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. He served as a trustee of the Fred H. Bixby Foundation and was a director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff.

John married the love of his life, Katrin “Kata” Einarsdottir, in 1962. They were married for 33 years until her passing in 1995.

In 1968, they moved from the Hollywood Hills to Pacific Palisades with their two young children.

The couple enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and to Africa, China and Europe. They especially enjoyed visiting Kata’s native Iceland. They were both involved at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, where John sang in the choir for 30 years and helped establish the St. Matthew’s Music Guild.

John was an avid outdoorsman, climbing Mt. Whitney as a young man, taking his family on many camping trips, and enjoying annual birthday hikes in local mountains with his children until the age of 88. He had a lifelong love for gardening and was a loyal fan of the Dodgers, Lakers and Rams.

He is survived by his daughter Vicki of Pacific Palisades, his son Erik (Kari Ann) of Thousand Oaks, a grandson and two step-grandsons. He also leaves his niece Diane and nephew Dave in Minnesota and a large family in Iceland.

John brought love and joy to his family, and was always a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed, but his spirit will always be with us.

A memorial service was be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, at St. Matthew’s, 1031 Bienveneda Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Matthew’s Music Guild ( or to The Arboretum at Flagstaff (

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