Gregory Lynn Bingham
1953 - 2016
We unexpectedly lost a great guy when Greg died early January 2 of a stroke. A Californian all his life and a Santa Barbarian since age 15, Greg epitomized the laid-back SB lifestyle; he was always in flip flops, shorts and tee, or for dressy occasions, Hawaiian shirts. His favorite hang outs were the Rose Cafe, Mesa Cafe and the Tee-Off.
A 1971 graduate of San Marcos HS, he became a woodworker and contractor; many SB homes showcase his beautiful work.
Greg is survived by his 3 chidren, Julia (Gladstone), Michael and Baylie, but he was a father to many others. “Our house was always full of our friends.” They describe their dad as caring, patient, witty and sarcastic,loving, genuine, adventurous and hardworking, “just all around amazing on every level.”
He introduced Julia and Michael to yearly Mammoth trips, camping and road trips, Red Rock, the Lakers!
and being dragged behind the boat at the lake to the sounds of Bob Marley. He gave Baylie her love of basketball,
never missed her games and was always willing to play. She will treasure his childhood coin collection and memories of beach walks at sunset, bike rides and building things; she was such a Daddy’s girl!
Greg also leaves his wife of 10 years, Etsuko, his ex-wife Suzanne, sisters Uma and Nancy, 3 grandchildren (plus 1 on his way) and so many extended family and friends who loved him.
Please come to a celebration of Greg Sunday 1/17 at noon at Shoreline Park. Casual dress (Hawaiian shirts
encouraged), rain or shine. Call Julia 805-895-1553 for info.
In lieu of flowers please donate to support his 9 year old daughter Baylie Bingham at Chase Bank.