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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I miss you terribly Richard!!

Love you always, Jayne

JH1031 (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2012 at 11:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Dickie": I miss you very much. You were my best friend growing up in the 1940's in Papillion, Nebraska. We had so much fun together back then until I moved to Omaha in October, 1949. We started 1st grade together and went to Papillion grade school through the beginning of 5th grade. I had the good fortune to see you once again years later in 1966 when I was stationed at Camp Pendleton as a Marine Corp Captain. I came to your apartment in Hollywood and you showed me a great time with some of your friends. I'm sorry that you were not able to visit my home in Oceanside. God Bless You, "Dickie".

marinecaptain (anonymous profile)
September 15, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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