first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “He was a real committed citizen-politician who really loved his work and the services he provided. It’s a real loss, but he leaves a good legacy and was a positive role model for all races, creeds and colors in this county.” Dorn was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Pasadena. He attended John Muir High School and Pasadena Junior College before graduating from Santa Barbara State College. A civilian instructor for the Army Air Corps during World War II, Dorn taught school and sold real estate before he was elected to the Pasadena Board of City Directors, where he served as mayor. As county supervisor, Dorn pursued strict enforcement of air pollution standards, property tax relief and improved services at county hospitals. He founded commissions on alcoholism, dangerous drugs, indecent literature, hospitals and water resources. Dorn was also instrumental in establishing two airports, the Music Center, the Sports Arena, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Olive View Hospital and Medical Center. Warren M. Dorn, who represented the San Fernando Valley for 16 years on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and helped launch some of the nation’s toughest pollution controls, died Tuesday. He was 87. The Morro Bay resident, nicknamed “Mercy” for his repeated use of the word, died of pneumonia at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Many praised the ruddy-faced Dorn for his unflagging service to the Fifth Supervisorial District from 1956 to 1972. The veteran politician once boasted a career ranging “from boy mayor of Pasadena to recycled mayor of Morro Bay. Oh, mercy!” “I had the opportunity to wish him godspeed and told him we would keep him in our prayers as we wanted him to keep us in his prayers,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who spoke to Dorn by phone Monday night. Former Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, a Democrat, once praised Dorn, a Republican, as “one of the great nonpartisan helpers” to bringing state water and recreational facilities to Southern California. Dorn, whose district included the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, had received numerous awards for community service. After a bitter campaign, Dorn was succeeded by former TV newscaster Baxter Ward in 1972. He then moved to Morro Bay, where he served as the city’s mayor from 1980 to ’84. “He was beloved,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose late father, Kenneth Hahn, served with Dorn. Dorn was the third San Fernando Valley elected official to die in the past month. Former City Councilman Ernani Bernardi died Jan. 4 at age 94. Former City Councilman Marvin Braude died Dec. 7 at 85. Both served 32 years on the council. Warren Max Dorn is survived by Phyllis, his wife of nearly 64 years; two sons, Dan and Robert; a daughter, Jennifer Bodaken; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Morro Bay. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img