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Mike Shobe

1954 - 2011, Santa Barbara

09/09/1954 - 11/19/2011

Mike Shobe, 57, longtime resident of Santa Barbara, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Michael Henry Shobe was born in Richmond, Virginia but moved to West Palm Beach, Florida at a very young age. Mike was the youngest son of Thomas and Odell Shobe. He is survived by brother, Steve Shobe, and sister-in-law, Dianne Shobe, of Middletown, Connecticut, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Virginia.

Mike began his interest in botany at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and parlayed that love of nature and plants into a life-long passion. Mike was also an avid music lover. He was the sole impetus for Shobefest, an annual event spanning 19 years, in which he gathered many regional musicians for a day of music and a fun time for all.

For condolences, the family wishes all of his wonderful friends to just take a silent moment and reflect on this kind, gentle soul who touched their hearts, and to celebrate the music of Mike’s life.

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Mike was one of those rare men who was so polite to me. He always rubbed my shoulders and asked how I was feeling. He showed so much love to everyone. I adored him.
Liz Gorman

leapinlizard (anonymous profile)
December 1, 2011 at 5:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What? No services for Mike? He gave so much to us with the Shobefest over the years. Wish we could all get together and pay our respects.

mblopey (anonymous profile)
December 2, 2011 at 6:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I just learned of Mike's passing 2 days ago. Mike was a very kind fun loving, music loving, & people loving friend from a crazy fun time in my life. We will all miss him. The memories are some of the best I've had. The people that knew him know what I mean. We loved you Mike.

stuarm2 (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2011 at 9:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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