Richard J. Risor

1940 - 2009, Santa Barbara

Richard J. Risor, 69, died peacefully at his Santa Barbara home August 25, 2009, of sudden natural causes. Born to Jack and Inez Risor September 15, 1940 in Council Bluffs, IA, Richard moved to Santa Barbara in 1955. He was the youngest of six children, and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1957.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 17 years, Jayne Howarth-Risor, his brother Jack Risor, sisters Shirley Turek, Joanne Button and Jean Murray; his beloved cats Pearl and Blackie, and many friends. His presence, spirit and love of life will be missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Richard's life will be announced at a later date.


The truly fortunate of us have princes in our lives with their gentle wisdoms and fierce determinations that we strive always for our higher purpose. Such a prince was my dearest friend, Richard J Risor, who passed away last month in Santa Barbara sitting with his cats. His beloved Jayne and hosts of dear friends grieve in the shelter of the kindly humor he fostered in our cherished years with him.

Rich was a dragon on the Chinese Calendar and they can be haunty in their demands that we always seek the higher roads in our lives together. The highest road, the highest purpose was his way with us. And now, we move on driven to honor faithfully our departed prince who taught us with his life to honor always the best angels of our truest natures. Adieu loved prince. We will strive to live in ways that made you proud. And laugh with you at the joyous beauties of life.

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