Donald (Don) Hulsebos passed away on Sunday, February 7th, 2016 on a beautiful 80 degree day riding his motorcycle on his favorite stretch of road in the California backcountry, he was 65 years of age.
Don was a skilled craftsman, with an expertise in vintage heating systems. For the past 30+ years Don was the proud owner of Don’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Don prided himself on doing what was best for his customers and truly valued the relationships he built with them throughout the years.
Over the past 35 years, Don and his family have hosted hundreds of exchange students from around the world. He has enjoyed staying in contact with them through is new found love of social media. Don, alongside his wife Joyce, also enjoyed mentoring many of the 4-H youth in Santa Barbara County.
Besides Don’s passion for motorcycle riding, he also enjoyed a multitude of other hobbies including; golfing, archery, shooting sports, history, and astronomy. Don also had a special place in his heart for the array of animals his kids brought home throughout the years.
Don was born in Holland Michigan on March 1, 1950, the middle son to Ruth and Henry Hulsebos. He is survived by his wife Joyce Welby Hulsebos, his oldest daughter Tessa and her husband Brandon Blair, and their youngest daughter Alexis. He is also survived by his brother Larry and wife Patricia, brother Gregory, and his large extended family including his father-in-law Robert Welby, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and nieces and nephews. Don was particularly proud and supportive of his nieces and nephews who served in the US Military.
There will be a celebration of life held at 11:00am, Saturday, March 26th at Earl’s Place at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. (3400 Calle Real)
Don, you were quite the character and are deeply missed. Now drop it into fifth, twist your wrist and ride off into the sunset.