Warren L Webb
La Grande, Oregon
August 21, 2016
Died in a climbing accident. Serving since 2009. 2 tours in Iraq.
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August 29, 2016
|From The Observer lagrandeobserver.com 08/24/16
Webb remembered for reaching out to others
La Grande National Guardsman helped brighten lives
By Dick Mason / The La Grande Observer
Published Aug 24, 2016 at 04:21PM
Warren Lynn Webb, a La Grande National Guardsman who died in a climbing accident at Indian Rock Sunday, was a quick study and a man quick to brighten the lives of others.
“Everyone who met him liked him. He had a big personality and a big impact on morale,” said Brian Edwards, a sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon National Guard unit of which Webb was a member.
Alan Arnson, a federal technician with the 3rd Battalion, has a similar recollection of Webb.
“He was awesome. He brought good positive energy in our unit. He will be missed,” said Arnson, who lives in La Grande.
Webb died Sunday afternoon after the rope he was using to climb up a rock broke with him 10 to 15 feet from the top. Webb was an experienced rock climber who enjoyed being outdoors.
“He always wanted to be outside up in the mountains. He loved rock climbing,” said Becckie Lilletson, a friend and neighbor.
Webb, who served in Iraq during a one-year deployment in 2010-11, was a human resources specialist for the National Guard after serving as an infantryman. He entered his new position with no background but quickly grasped its complexities, which did not surprise anyone who knew him.
“He picked-up things very quickly,” said Edwards. “You could teach him about something completely new, and at the end of the day, he would almost be an expert at it and would be teaching others about it.”
Webb, 27, was particularly adept at working with computers. In early 2013 he started his own computer company, Webb’s Mobile PC Repair.
Sgt. First Class Tammy Gordon, Webb’s supervisor in the National Guard, said Webb was so astute at working with computers that she considered putting him in charge of the 3rd Battalion’s network.
Gordon said Webb was not only intelligent but also possessed a remarkable work ethic and desire to reach out to others. She recalled that when the 3rd Battalion was at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, for drills and instruction, Webb worked so hard that Gordon had to rein him in.
“I had to force him to take breaks,” Gordon said.
She said sometimes Webb overextended himself, because he spent so much time helping people in other units outside his own.
Webb’s work ethic, intelligence and skills did not go unrecognized in the National Guard. About two weeks ago he was awarded an Army commendation medal for his performance and achievements as a Guardsman, Gordon said.
The qualities that made Webb popular in the National Guard are the same ones that made him well received in the civilian world. Lilletson said Webb was never too busy to help anyone.
“If you needed help with a bill, he would pay it. If you needed a ride, he would give it to you,” Lilletson said. “He was a great person in every sense.”
Webb was blessed with a quick wit, one he used to lighten tense situations, Edwards said.
“He was willing to joke a little to diffuse the tension,” Edwards said. “He had infectious laughter. His sense of humor was a big part of his personality. It helped keep morale up.”
Lilletson said Webb seemed to enjoy boosting the spirits of others.
“He always wanted other people to smile. He was fun loving,” she said.
Webb, who had attended Eastern Oregon University where he took pre-nursing and computer science classes, moved to La Grande about four years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Nicole, and two daughters, Jaydin Webb and Ema Bliss.
“He was an incredible father and husband,” Lilletson said.
Edwards said Webb was an easy person to get to know.
“He was very personable. You didn’t have to know him well to want to hang out with him,” Edwards said. “From a military family point of view, he was a classic big brother.”
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