Warren and his family collected it all and saved it in a box which, after collecting dust in one of Warren's old homes, was returned Sunday afternoon.
Wyatt Scott, 15, and his father walked into Parkway Health Center, a rest home in Payson, and handed the box to Kathleen Warren. A couple of months ago, the Scott family moved into a Payson home that Warren used to live in. They found the box in the attic.
"This is really something super," Kathleen Warren said. The couple spent about 20 years together until Chuck Warren died in 1994. "He loved to keep everything."
On Sunday, Kathleen Warren recalled one particularly foggy night when she was working as a nurse. She was worried about getting home from work. Warren, then her patient, told her to phone him when she arrived home safe and sound. She could not call him directly, so Warren, ever the concerned trooper, called her instead as soon as she got home to check on her.
It became a habit that kept up each night, and eventually they married.
Even on his deathbed, Warren was looking out for his wife. At the hospital, he noticed dusk was setting in and told Kathleen Warren that she should be getting home before the streets darkened. He died hours later.
"He was such a considerate person," she said.
Chuck Warren's injury prompted then-Gov. Calvin L. Rampton to enact a law, named after Chuck Warren, that allowed the trooper to keep serving as a member of the UHP. The law makes it possible for a state trooper, who is completely disabled because of a criminal act involving a deadly weapon, to receive full compensation until retirement at the age of 62, or after 30 years, whichever happens first. The law is still in effect today.
Chuck Warren tried time and time again to write a book about his life. He never did, but the large collection of photos and letters now in the hands of his beloved widow tell stories on their own of a loving husband, a dutiful trooper, a life well lived.