Jacinto “Jaci” Gonzalez
Jacinto “Jaci” Gonzalez entered peacefully into the presence of the Lord on February 19, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren.
Jacinto was born in Guanajuato, Mexico on September 23, 1938, to parents Cecilio Gonzalez Volantin and Juana Pichardo, the eldest son of 10.
At the age of 21 he made the difficult life-decision to leave his parents, family, country and studies at UNAM in Mexico City to support his family by relocating to Santa Barbara, CA.
He quickly began his dedicated hard-working career in hospitality and bartending in Santa Barbara and Montectito.
One of the greatest highlights of his lifetime was his 50 years of love, friendship and marriage to Alicia. Together they were a legendary couple who created a big happy family, raising 8 kids with “a whole lotta love” and always opening their home to countless friends and family.
In 2003 Jaci retired from over 30 years with the Valley Club of Montecito and moved to Oxnard, CA where he enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up, traveling to Mexico, and being a member of Santa Clara Chapel.
He is survived by his wife, 8 children and 11 grandchildren who are all thankful to have had so much extra time with him living life to the fullest- laughing, playing chess daily and never missing a family party.
Jaci was a wonderful and selfless man, always putting others before himself. Helping others achieve their greatest through spiritual support, advice, thoughts (and jokes) was his greatest passion and will live on forever in his family and the many lives he touched.
Arrangements entrusted to McDermott Crockett Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to the Jacinto Gonzalez memorial Fund to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, PO Box 3620, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.
A memorial and religious services are scheduled for Thursday evening 3/1/18 with Rosary starting at 7pm followed by viewing. Mass will take place on Fri. 3/2/18 12:30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 227 N. Nopal St, Santa Barbara. Reception and Celebration of life following mass at 2pm at Veterans Memorial Building 112 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara.