Warner Jenkins, 90; Editor, Activist in Alhambra

From a Times Staff Writer

Warner Jenkins, a longtime editorial executive with the Alhambra Post-Advocate and community activist in Alhambra, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure, his family said. He was 90.

Jenkins was born April 26, 1914, in Crookston, Minn., and began his journalism career in 1934 at the South Bay Daily Breeze. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to the Daily Breeze, and later was managing editor of the Marin Journal before joining the Post-Advocate in 1948.

During the next 40 years, he was at various times the paper’s managing editor, editor and publisher. He also wrote a column, “Off the Cuff.”

Over the years, Jenkins interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Amelia Earhart, among many others.


He was active in many local organizations, including serving as president of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, the Alhambra Central Business District Assn. and the Optimist Club of Alhambra.

Jenkins is survived by three children, Dulcy Lin Jenkins of Alhambra, Steven Warner Jenkins of Pasadena and Denise Ann Pontious of Peoria, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the outdoor gazebo area at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra.