Dr. Jay Shuken

1932 - 2012, Santa Barbara

Jay Shuken passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 13, 2012, after a long year of (as Jay would say) dodging bullets in his fight against pancreatic cancer.

Jay is survived by his wife Beverly, his five children and seven grandchildren: Jill Gefen and her husband Hagi (sons Noah, Ari, and Elan), Randy Shuken and his wife Monica (their daughter Camille and son Sebastain), Jamie Kidson (daughters Georgia and Clementine), Kristen Shuken, Ryan Shuken, and his beloved dog Oakley.

He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Dr. Robert and Pat Shuken as well as their children Wendy Resin (husband Jonathan), Lee Shuken, and Michael Shuken (wife Stephanie).
We want to express our sincere thanks to Dr. J. David Kunz for his support and care, Dr. Michael Kearney and to the wonderful staff at Serenity House for their compassionate care during Jay’s final days.

A celebration of Jay’s life will be held on November 18th at Singleton Pavilion at Elings Park services start at 2:00. In lieu of flowers , please consider making a donation in Jay’s name to the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (1900 State St. Suite G, Santa Barbara, CA 93101), or the American Indian Health & Services (4141 State Street Ste. B-11, Santa Barbara, CA 93110).

For Jay

We follow,
in footsteps deep and wide, kind and safe.
With laughter to sooth and diffuse and heal.
We follow because you lead with unconditional love, trust, and never-ending optimism.

In your mistakes and failures you showed us how to overcome, and become better.
As if mind over matter was fact, you were its’ glorified proof that Life is sweet and hard, full but short, and found in the hearts of family.

We follow because you were humble, you showed that a smile can turn anything around, and any stranger could be your friend.
Your love, jokes, and friendship bettered more lives than we will ever know.

We follow, with you at our side in love, faith, and memory.
Because the world is better because of you.

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Jay was my son and my, Dr for a few years..and the stories were worth the price of admission I tell ya!!! WOW! he met his wife in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta...he raved about his family...most Dr's kind of knock you out the door as soon as possible but not Jay..he did surgery on my sons feet..cracking jokes the whole way...he worked on my feet too ...imagine was a real gift.

I just lost My Mom in late I am in sympathy with your families loss. The memories must be rich..I know Jay's were and he seemed to lavish so much attention on folks ...the legacy is great..far reaching, long lasting and inspired.

Thank you!

emenzies (Elizabeth Menzies)
November 16, 2012 at 2:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A truly unique individual - God only allows one Dr. Jay per world! We miss you Jay!
Miss Ilene

MissIlene (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 5:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How many people did he make smile in a day, a year, in his life? An avid reader, lover of the outdoors and gentle soul who just happened to find his vocation as a doctor. I miss him.

RandyShuken (anonymous profile)
June 6, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I went into Dr Skukens office to make an appointment on Thursday. I had no idea he had passed away. I got very upset, he was the best man and doctor. I had been seeing him for so many years and he was the only person who had ever been successful if giving me any relief for my foot pain. He was such a jokster and made me laugh in just the few minutes we had together. There will never be anyone like him. It saddened me so and I send my condolences and love to his wife, children and the rest of his family. God Bless. I said a prayer to him as I left his office and talked to him for a few minutes through my prayer. I am glad her is no longer in pain. I lost my dad who had pretty bad foot pain maybe they will cross paths :-)

DebbieDee2014 (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2014 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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