Mace Doane Perona

Date of Birth

August 2, 1939

Date of Death

May 28, 2016

Mace Doane Perona of Santa Barbara, California passed away peacefully May 28, 2016 in the arms of his loving wife, Sue Perona. Mace battled heart disease the last three years and is now at peace. He was born in Santa Maria, California, August 2, 1939. He loved life and lived it to its fullest. Mace began teaching at SBCC in 1972 in the English Department. He later introduced a Film Studies class that became the SBCC Film Department. He was an exceptional athlete, marathon runner, world traveler, husband, father and grandfather. In his own words he once said, “I have said good bye to some special friends, but I have also laughed with my grandsons: Dante, Dario and Damian. I have learned to cherish the sacredness of the now, the uniqueness of the moment, the rarity of friendships and the miracle of love. My life has been a ‘moveable feast’ and I have not yet lost my appetite.” Mace is survived by his wife, Sue, daughter Severn, and three grandsons, Dante, Dario and Damian. He will be loved and missed but will live forever in our hearts . In lieu of flowers. Gifts can be made to Santa Barbara Community College Center for life long learning 310 W. Padre St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or


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