Stuart Kennedy Haney

Date of Birth

March 23, 1925

Date of Death

February 16, 2017

Stuart Kennedy Haney passed away in Santa Barbara on February 16, 2017 at the age of 91. He was born in Chicago and moved to California in 1955, settling in Goleta in 1961.

He enlisted in the Navy during WWII in June of 1943 and served as a proud Machinist’s Mate, Third Class on Guadalcanal until March 1946.

After graduating from Michigan State University as an engineer, he worked short periods for Elgin Watch, Lockheed Aircraft and IBM before starting a career with Hughes Aircraft Co. He designed infrared space mechanisms for the Viking Orbiter, Pioneer Jupiter, Mariner Mars and night vision sites for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems that supplied our military. His final career accomplishment was designing the infrared optical system for the Maverick Missile.

Stu loved his family, motorcycling, gardening, HO trains and playing classic computer games. He was deeply loved by everyone who knew him for his kind spirit and quick wit. He will be greatly missed.

Stu is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lori and their children Courtney Haney and Sabrina Malone; and his children from previous marriages, Bill Haney, Steven L. Haney, Jan West, Brian Haney, Kevin Haney, Allen Haney, Sheri Holmes, Steven C. Haney and a stepdaughter, Ilene Peterson. Stu is also survived by many beautiful grandchildren, great grandchildren and wonderful friends.

A Celebration of Stu’s life will be held on June 3rd. If you are interested in attending please e-mail In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the COPD Foundation.


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