Frank Steven Souza
Frank passed away peacefully on February 6, 2018, at the beautiful Serenity House. He was a loving husband to his wife Lida and father to his son James. He was raised in Lemoore, California on a farm. Throughout his life, he never forgot his roots. Because of a high school counselor, he was encouraged to go to college. After high school, he attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and joined Theta Chi fraternity. He had many fond memories of his college days. In his junior year at Cal Poly, he went to Uppsala, Sweden to study abroad. From Lemoore to Sweden and hitchhiking through Europe, he had the opportunity to see the world for the first time. After graduation from Cal Poly, his first job was at Raytheon in Goleta. In 1976, he married Lida, a marriage lasting 41 years only to end with his passing. Outside of work, he loved to golf with the Raytheon League and play tennis at Cathedral Oaks. After several years in Goleta and an 8 year position at Northrop in Los Angeles, he returned to Raytheon in Massachusetts. Through work he traveled internationally and always enjoyed meeting and working with people from other countries.
His son James was born in 1988. Frank was so proud to be a father and continued to be proud of him through his life. Inheriting his parents’ love of travel and exploration, James specialized in Middle East studies. Frank was fortunate enough to visit Beirut and Dubai where James lived for 3 years.
In August 2011, Frank retired from Raytheon in Andover, Massachusetts. After a few years in North Carolina and days filled with golf, he returned to Santa Barbara in 2014. There he reconnected with past tennis and golf friends, many of whom supported him through 1 1/2 years of his battle with cancer. He will be missed along with his mathematical brilliance.
Many thanks go to his oncologist Dr. Daniel Greenwald, the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center staff, Dr. David Phreaner and Denise Kircher, P.A. of Sansum Clinic.
In Frank’s memory, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Foundation (509 E. Montecito St., Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93110; online www.vnhcsb.org/donate) and the Santa Barbara Club Preservation Foundation (Foundation Administrator, Santa Barbara Club Preservation Foundation, 1105 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101).