Tim Shellabarger

Date of Birth

April 7, 1940

Date of Death

July 21, 2018

What is it about a guy like Tim Shellabarger? Rough around the edges with a heart of gold! He was known as the kind of person who would pull over to help someone with a flat tire, day or night. He gave a bit of himself to everyone he knew – so many stories of surprising generosity. Many homes and restaurants and shops in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria have an ongoing legacy of his innate garden design ability – look for his giant birds of paradise everywhere – at one point he even worked at Lotusland. Madame Gana Walska would have loved him! A native of Santa Barbara, a well-known figure at the beach where he surfed and could be seen dragging up wood burls to carve into sculptures – award winning ones! His iconic luaus will forever be legendary. Tim’s children, Bret & wife, Susie; Kalei & husband, Matt; his grandchildren, Zak & wife, Megan, Keiki & husband, Tyler, Malia and Sammy all know their prayers for him are being answered by their Lord – No more struggle with illness now. To celebrate Tim’s spirit, join them for a memorial at Lookout Park, Summerland, on Friday, October 12th at 6:00. Donations in memory of Tim can be made to Carpinteria Arts Center.


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