Raymond “Rami” Courtney
Raymond Smalley Courtney (Rami) died on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the age of 65. During his final days, he was surrounded by his wife, Cindy Courtney, along with his daughters, Kelly Jianas and Kim Courtney. The family is very thankful for the incredible care that he received at Cottage Hospital MICU. Rami is also survived by his brother, Robert Courtney.
Rami was born to Raymond and Marian Courtney on May 21, 1953 in Pasadena, California. He attended John Muir High School, where he was an excellent student and a basketball and baseball player. Rami graduated from Stanford University and earned a B.S. in Human Biology, and found great joy and lifelong friends while competing on the crew team. He then completed his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University), before embarking on a 26-year career as an attorney.
Rami had a love of nature and adventure–skiing, SCUBA diving, surfing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, deep sea fishing, hiking, and backpacking. He was also an avid cyclist, who spent many beautiful days riding through the hills of Santa Barbara, on the island of Moloka’i, and on cycling trips with friends and family. He had a passion and love for travel and managed to visit each of the seven continents during his lifetime.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Rd. in Santa Barbara. All those interested are invited to join a 15-mile bicycle ride on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The ride will leave the church parking lot in honor of Rami’s 15-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. .In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the organizations that meant the most to Rami: Food From the Heart of Santa Barbara (sbfoodfromtheheart.com), the Stanford men’s crew team (gostanford.com/sports; go to giving Buck/Cardinal Club), Trinity Lutheran Church (telcsb.org), or the Parkinson’s Association of Santa Barbara (mypasb.org).