Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 05:00 p.m.
An extremely talented businessman, and dear friend, Warner Hodgdon passed away early Monday morning at Reche Canyon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Colton.
He was 80.
Mr. Hodgdon, who lived a more reserved life the past ten years, was a key player in the redevelopment of San Bernardino and the City of Industry. His perseverance and toughness remained until the end of his robust life.
Besides his children, San Bernardino’s livlihood was in his heart. It almost seemed that as the city faltered this past year, so did Warner’s health.
Some of the projects he helped perpetuate include the San Bernardino County Government Center, San Bernardino City Hall, Central City (now Carousel) Mall and Shandin Hills Golf Course.
Under his guidance, San Bernardino was designated an “All America City” in the mid-1970’s. A far cry from where it is today.
In the 1980’s, he was a major player in NASCAR Racing, controlling several racing venues, including the now-razed Ontario International Raceway, and a major racing team.
He took great pride in being a descendant of a pioneering San Bernardino Valley family. One notable family figure was Mormon Battalion Captain Jefferson Hunt, who was a figure in the 1848 War between the United States and Mexico.
He was very proud of his six highly-talented children, who gave him several grandchildren.
It was indeed an honor to have known him and been able to have called a him close friend.