Robinson Jay Eikenberry

Date of Birth

September 8, 1969

Date of Death

July 4, 2017

The world has lost one of its brightest stars.

Robinson Jay Eikenberry died unexpectedly of a heart attack, on July 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA. Robinson was born in Santa Rosa, CA on Sept. 8, 1969, to Arthur Eikenberry and Mary Jane Thompson. Robinson grew up in many places, including Big Sur, Carmel Valley, and Napa, eventually moving to Santa Barbara when he was 14, in order to attend Crane School in Montecito, where his father taught.

Robinson was a gifted artist, a talent that emerged when he was still a toddler. Always a thoughtful, sweet and sensitive little boy, he managed many an argument on the playground by offering to draw someone’s picture. Rob’s teachers often asked him to tutor others because he was always ahead of everyone else, and loved to be of help.

When Rob lost his father, Arthur, to suicide at age 17, his writing talent emerged; lyrics were often accompanied by music, and another mode of expression was born.

After attending two years at Santa Barbara City College, Robinson was invited to attend the College of Creative Studies at UCSB on a full scholarship.

Robinson’s career as a sound/recording engineer began during this time, and continued until his death. His delightful studio was always an experiential place for music, food, joy and laughter, and for over 25 years he recorded hundreds of songwriters and musicians, who all treasure the time they spent with him.

Robinson is survived by his mothers, Mary Jane Franus and Mary Beth Norum, siblings Ian Hartman (Melanie), Grayson Hartman (Genevieve), Piper Hartman Smith (Matthew), and Camille M. Christie, as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many cousins, all of whom will miss him deeply.

Robinson would not want any of us to suffer because of his death. He would only ask that we continue to love and respect each other, as he did.

Robinson’s life will be celebrated and remembered this Sunday July 30 with two events.

A picnic (bring your own food and blanket) starts at 11 am with an official memorial service at 1pm, followed by music and words by the community. This takes place on private property, The Meadows 801 Cold Spring Road, Santa Barbara.

Following the memorial a concert at the Lobero Theater happens.

Fueled by Love, a concert for Robinson. Artist Glen Phillips, Karla Bonoff, Allastair Greene, Matt Nathanson, Jesse Rhodes, Susan Reeves, Cory Sipper, Sean Kennedy, and many more will share the stage for a free event. Donations are encouraged for the expenses of the events and family expenses. Doors open at 7pm


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