Clif Warren grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Wheaton North High School in 1968. He attended Bradley University earning a BS degree in Civil Engineering in 1972. Later, Clif earned a MS degree in Management from Aurora University in 1982. Clif started his working life in high school as a laborer for a construction company. In 1972, he joined the same company full time. After moving through multiple positions, he became the treasurer. In 1984, Clif went to Plano Molding Company to run their manufacturing and later oversaw several of the financial functions. While in Illinois, he was President of two Rotary Clubs and on the board of two YMCAs.
Clif married Carol in 1975. She was a special education teacher. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education. Her specialty was in learning disabilities. She finished her teaching career as the West Aurora School District’s Educational Diagnostician. Education careers run in Clif’s family. Both a sister and a brother were teachers.
In 2004, Clif and Carol retired and moved to Sandpoint. They had finally returned to live here after driving through Sandpoint on their honeymoon in 1975. They were drawn back by Schweitzer Mountain and Lake Pend Oreille. After 5 years in retirement, Clif was offered a job to develop rural public transportation in the five northern counties of Idaho. He was instrumental in starting the SPOT bus system and the Silver Express bus system in Shoshone County. Clif is currently the secretary of the SPOT Board of Directors. In addition, he is member of the Rotary Club of Sandpoint, past president of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, past president of North Idaho Bikeways, past president of the Wheaton North High School Alumni Association Foundation, founder and past president of the Sandpoint Rotary Charitable Trust and a former math tutor at the Sandpoint Library.
Clif and Carol have one son named Jason. Jason moved to Arizona after college. He followed Clif and Carol to Sandpoint after seven years in Tucson. They also count as their children the 17 foreign exchange students they have hosted over the years.