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David Robinson

1960 - 2014, Santa Ynez

Dave was born in County Durham, England on February 29, 1960. He died on May 9, 2014.

Dave immigrated to the US (Redondo Beach, CA) in 1990, to work for Epson America as a Project Manager. It is there he also met the love of his life, Karen Steinwachs. Later, Dave and Karen started a technology firm called Transmonde Technologies and became entrepreneurs. Their love of the Santa Ynez valley took hold of them, and they were married in a beautiful ceremony at Zaca Mesa winery in 1998. Later, both moved up to Santa Ynez Valley and began working in the wine business with their new business venture- Vintegrated Solutions.

Dave is best remembered as a man of many talents. First and foremost he was a husband who will be remembered for his strength, humor, wit, intelligence, devotion, and the ability to play a mean game of trivia. Dave and Karen loved to travel to the Virgin Islands, Europe, and visiting family in the US. Dave has friends all over the world, as he would talk to anyone over a good beer. He was also a great friend, businessman, vintner, Son, Uncle, neighbor and cook. He loved to cook for crowds, and was often the main chef at the many Buttonwood events around the farm. His love of many kinds of music was legendary, and he was a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and quite possibly has more CD’s than the Hall of Fame!

Educational accomplishments included a PhD in Chemical Physics from University of Southampton- Southampton UK, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Dave proudly became a US Citizen on June 26, 2013, and was looking forward to being able to vote.

Dave is survived by his wife Karen E Steinwachs, Parents – James and Margaret Robinson of Houghton-le-Spring- England, Sister & brother in law Anne Robinson and Jose Ramon Peredo of Santander, Spain, Mother in law Kristin Steinwachs of Palm Harbor Florida, Sister in law Jennifer Hines ( Keith ), Sister-in-law Kathy Steinwachs Foland ( John) of Clayton Ohio, along with nieces and nephews – Victoria and Cristina Peredo-Robinson, Brian ( Krysta) and Daniel Foland, Abbigail and Gabriel Hines.

A party to celebrate Dave’s life will be held at 2:00pm on June 8 at Buttonwood Farm, 1500 Alamo Pintado road, Solvang, CA. In lieu of flowers (or wine), memorial contributions can be made to Happy Endings Animal Rescue – P.O. box 873, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.

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