M.D. was born May 17, 1935 on the Warren family farm in Fisher County Texas. He married Edna Doggett in Snyder, Texas on December 26, 1958. In 1962, M.D. and Edna moved to Whitney, Texas where they raised their family. During the 1980s they moved to Navarro Mills, Texas. His career brought them to Granbury, Texas in 1990 where he resided until his death.
M.D. worked hard his entire life to care for and support his family. In the early years, he worked two and three jobs, so his wife, Edna, was able to stay home and care for their children. During the last decade of their fortynine year marriage, he lovingly cared for his wife as her health failed. Papa taught his children and grandchildren the value of hard work just as he learned it from his parents and grandparents. True to his roots, he enjoyed turning the soil, planting, and growing things from the ground. He always kept a garden where he involved his children in the work. He was strict and quick to discipline his children, but if he learned he had provided discipline unjustly, even if it was years after the fact, he was quick to apologize. Becoming a grandfather changed his ideas about discipline. He no longer believed in spankings or having to eat everything on your plate to get dessert. Papa was a storyteller. Telling stories to his children and grandchildren about old times and their family history and heritage was one of his favorite pastimes. An amazing husband, father, and grandfather, he was always there when help or support was needed.
If you asked M.D. his occupation, he would tell you he was a waterman. His career as a waterman began working for his uncle, Burney Perry, drilling water wells around Brownfield, Texas. After gaining some skills and experience, he was hired on at J.B. Knight Drilling Company. He later earned his class A water license and ran public water systems beginning at Lake Whitney Enterprises. He served as the Director of Public Utilities for the City of Whitney and the manager of the Navarro Mills Water Supply. Late in his career, he took on a new challenge using a process called reverse osmosis to make clean drinking water when he hired on at the Brazos River Authority working as an operator at the Lake Granbury Surface Water and Treatment System plant.
M.D. was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Warren, his father, Martin Warren, his brother, Tommy Warren, and his grandsons, William Warren and Christian Warren. He is survived by his mother, Mabel Warren his son, Martin David Warren, Jr., and wife Kathleen his son, Paul Warren and wife, Alichia his daughter, Esther Derington and husband, Scott his daughter, Rebecca Warren and husband, Don Neal his grandchildren, John and Edith Tyra, Lea Warren, Joe and Laney Warren, Nichalos and Maria Warren, Ariel and James Horn, Abby Warren, Allie Sherman, Baron Hendrix, James Derington, Samuel Warren, Elizabeth Warren, and Matthew Derington his greatgrandchildren, Kyliegh Moats, Kyrain Moats, Daniel Warren, Luke Warren, and Layla Horn and his sisters, Ida Klett, Leta Jones, and Neta Smith.
Memorials may be made to Water for Life, LIFE Outreach International, Fort Worth, Texas.