Michael Charles Bosio

Date of Birth

September 23, 1929

Date of Death

January 30, 2019

A Goleta/Santa Barbara native, Michael Bosio, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Michael was a very kind-hearted, generous, farmer born September 23, 1929, in Santa Barbara to Angelo and Francis (Cavaletto) Bosio, a descendant of a Santa Barbara County pioneer family. Michael was raised in Goleta/Santa Barbara and attended Goleta Union School, La Cumbre Junior High, and Santa Barbara High School.

In 1947 he went to work with his dad farming walnuts, lima beans and other crops until his dad passed away in 1952.

Later, he was drafted into the US Army and served at a missile defense site in the bay area. He then returned to farming, and in 1965 married Lorraine Giorgi of Santa Barbara, and they had a son, Justin. In later years, they divorced, and in 1976, he married Carol Barca-Cox who had three sons, Jeff, Steven and Greg Cox.

Michael bought more land and expanded the original ranch acreage. Along with his son, Justin and faithful workers, they planted more avocados in Goleta the Goodland where now his grandson (Sheldon) has become the 5th-generation farmer.

Michael & Justin were awarded the Orchard award from Goleta Valley Beautiful back on May 3, 2008.

Michael & Carol enjoyed traveling with friends and family on trips to Europe, as well as in the States. He enjoyed many local and out of state hunting and fishing trips. He was a member of SB County Farm Bureau, Calavo, several lemon houses and Goleta Rotary. For 35 years he was a member of the Santa Barbara Elks 613.

Michael enjoyed sharing the abundant fruits and vegetables that were grown on the ranch, as well as visiting with relatives and friends. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports which included softball, baseball, basketball & volleyball.

Michael is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Carol, his son Justin (Cheryl) and his three grandchildren Justine, Lindsay, Sheldon (Nicole), all of Santa Barbara. Also, his three stepsons Greg, Steven, Jeff (Jill) Cox (their children: Jordan, (Megan) Justin, Jaiden, Joshua, Jillian, and Jeremy).

The family wishes to thank the doctors at Sansum Clinic and Assisted Hospice for the care he received throughout his illness of many years. And especially to Carol, Justin, Greg & Cheryl for his care at home.

Services for Michael will be held at St. Raphael Church, February 11, 2019 at 10:00 am. A private family burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to St Raphael Youth Ministry, 5444 Hollister Ave. SB, CA 93111, or a charity of your choosing.


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