The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a horrible toll on our Santa Barbara County communities — as of this writing, 236 of our neighbors are lifeless. In a brand new sequence, the Unbiased is placing names and faces to this rising quantity with the aim of conveying the human toll of the coronavirus. We really feel it is very important acknowledge and keep in mind these people as folks, not simply statistics. To share the story of a misplaced buddy or cherished one, contact Senior Editor Tyler Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stanley Emmet Shaw
Stanley Emmet Shaw’s lifelong ardour for flying began on the age of 22, when he earned his pilot’s license and bought his first airplane. He spent the remainder of his years as a consummate dealmaker, shopping for, promoting, and buying and selling planes and helicopters and residing by the adage: “The one who dies with the most toys wins,” mentioned his daughter, Sydney.
Stan handed away at 85 on December 30, 2020, from problems of COVID-19. He’s survived by his spouse of 50 years, Norma; 5 youngsters; eight grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
After stints in plane gross sales and piloting for Frontier Airlines, Stan opened his first fixed-base operation (a non-public business enterprise that gives companies to an airport) in Fullerton, quickly adopted by acquisitions in Orange County and Dallas.
Throughout a household trip to Santa Barbara in 1986, Stan introduced: “This is where we’re going to live,” Sydney remembered. The Shaws fortunately planted roots, and Stan bought Seacoast Yacht Gross sales within the harbor. He continued his work in aviation gross sales and financing and acquired a hangar on the Camarillo Airport.
“Always up for an adventure,” Sydney mentioned, Stan lived for his annual fishing journeys in his float airplane, “puddle-jumping among lakes, rivers, and bays in Northern Washington, Alaska, and Canada.”
Ernestine Louise Smaniotto Depp Patrick
Born in Santa Barbara on December 3, 1934, Ernestine Louise Smaniotto Depp Patrick joined the U.S. Marines out of highschool through the Korean Conflict and was the corps’ first feminine bugler. She was all the time very pleased with that truth, her household mentioned.
Ernestine died December 28 from COVID-19 in Sacramento, the place she’d moved lately to be nearer to her son Tony and his household. However for many of her life, she lived in Santa Barbara together with her husband, Wesley. Collectively they opened a leather-based store in El Paseo, the place, as a gifted artist and craftsperson, Ernestine made sandals, belts, purses, and saddles. She was additionally an achieved painter.
“She will be dearly missed by her family, cousins, and friends in the Sacramento and Santa Barbara areas,” her household mentioned.
Alfred Daniel Eliason
The Unbiased beforehand printed an In Memoriam about Alfred written by his daughter, Christina, and it’s reproduced right here.
When the nurse handed me a small handful of private results, she mentioned kindly, “Your father was happy here.” It was true: He’d adjusted to life at a close-by assisted residing facility, the place he lived for 2 years. He had a nice demeanor, prepared smile, and joked with the workers. I used to be instructed typically, and by many, that he was certainly one of their favourite residents. We’d simply visited him in his ordinary good spirits. On Winter Solstice, because the solar solid lengthy shadows and planets aligned right into a spectacular Nice Conjunction, we acquired the decision: My father had COVID-19.
Alfred Daniel Eliason, final of his era, youngest of three brothers, was born and raised in Bedford, New York, to an immigrant household from Sweden. He graduated from MIT, the place he rowed crew and sang within the choir. He served his nation within the Air Pressure Reserves and spent his profession working in protection of his nation.
He met Bette Jean Jarrell, a model, in Dallas, Texas, when a buddy invited him to go to. The story goes that she met two younger males at a supper membership, and one known as to ask her on a date. She accepted, not sure which one would present up. Apparently, the suitable one did. Dan and Bette married in Palo Alto, California, in 1959, and settled in Santa Barbara in 1967.
From a younger age, Dan realized the constructing commerce from his father, an achieved carpenter foreman who constructed Frank Lloyd Wright houses, amongst others. Like his father, Dan may construct or repair something, from pouring concrete patios, which he later loved doing together with his personal younger son, to creating wonderful furnishings.
Keen on music and dance, he as soon as carried out in a neighborhood manufacturing of Oklahoma on the Lobero Theatre. Later he was an energetic supporter of the newly fashioned State Street Ballet and rarely missed a chance to pour wine at fundraisers and receptions.
Household and associates describe him as a “gentleman’s gentleman.” Although he lived a quiet, modest life, he was a gregarious host who delighted in making household and associates really feel welcome. Many such recollections started with the pop of a champagne bottle and his baritone snort. Associates keep in mind his persistently type nature, intelligence, and good humor.
Dan was devoted to his work and deeply dedicated to household. He labored at Raytheon for greater than 25 years as a program supervisor, specializing in radar steering programs. His work required common journey, however he by no means returned house empty-handed; he all the time carried shock items for his household in his pockets. He traveled internationally for work and pleasure, together with a memorable journey to Sweden, after which he composed an eloquent essay about Swedish kinfolk, which he mailed to all of the household. After transferring out West, it remained a lifelong precedence for him to maintain shut contact with household on the East Coast, taking his spouse and youngsters to go to each time potential.
Dad’s nursing facility notified us that COVID-19 vaccinations would begin, however my father fell sick mere days earlier than receiving his first dose. Sadly, within the two weeks since my father’s analysis, in line with his facility’s web site, one other 40 residents contracted the virus. It’s troublesome to course of human tragedy on that scale, to think about my father’s roommates and all these acquainted faces. But, post-Thanksgiving outbreaks have occurred at 48 of our county’s congregate residing services, and this scene is taking part in out everywhere in the state and nation.
Earlier than, once I noticed articles qualifying rising dying tolls with notations equivalent to, “over 70” and “congregate living,” I’d instantly consider my father. It felt dismissive. Age and underlying circumstances issue, however we’ve misplaced too lots of all ages. Every was a human being with a narrative, whose households mourn their painful loss.
Since historic historical past, people have gathered: We sit vigil beside our family members. We allow them to know they’re not alone. After they go away us, we consolation one another with tales, meals, and laughter; by holding one another by means of tears; by our nearness. I mentioned goodbye to my father over an iPad. My mom, brother, and I can’t be collectively. This goes profoundly, excruciatingly towards human nature. My father was a loving, type, good man. He didn’t should go this fashion. Nobody does. We’re hardly the primary household to expertise this devastation, but I’d not want this on any household.
Hope crests on the horizon, however with the New Yr dawns new, record-breaking, day by day totals. We may haven’t any management over what’s occurring throughout our nation, however as a neighborhood, our private decisions and sacrifices completely have an effect on native outcomes. I’m hopeful we will do higher. We should.
Alfred Daniel Eliason is survived by his spouse of 61 years, Bette J. Eliason; son, Alfred Daniel Eliason Jr., who resides in France together with his spouse, Tanya Renee Monier, and their youngsters, Dima Anneliese and Antonia Maurine; daughter Christina Lauranne Eliason, who lives together with her husband, Richard Lloyd, in Santa Barbara; and beloved nieces, nephews, and household on the East Coast.
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