James C. Bustillos

Date of Birth

December 22, 1973

Date of Death

March 22, 2019

The family and friends of James C. Bustillos, (Jimmy) mourn the loss of a devoted son, brother and devoted friend. Jimmy made his transition to the afterlife on March 22, 2019 as the hushed words ” You are deeply loved” echoed through the corridors of Santa Brabara Serenity House. Jimmy possessed a childlike innocence and openness to the world that made those around him love him and want to care for him; this was demonstrated by the constant vigil of family and close friends that surrounded his bedside in the final days of Jimmy’s life. Jimmy will be remembered for his signature locks of jet black curls, million -dollar smile and infectious laugh.

Jimmy was born to Irma Parra Bustillos and John James Bustillos, SR. During his final days, one of the last conversations with his sister (Roxanne), Jimmy stated, sister, I’m ok. Dad is talking to me and asked if I’d like to go camping again to our favorite spot, Pendola. This was a father – son favorite until his fathers passing in 1991. 

Although Jimmy’s life was marked by early loss he found solace in the two pillars of his life, mother, Irma and sister Roxanne. These two women where especially loved, for their care and nurturing, with blind devotion and fierce loyalty.

As the American essayist Washington Irving once remarked…..”There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.”

Irma gave Jimmy life and Roxanne gave him heart.

Jimmy graduated Carpinteria High School in 1992. Jimmy was an ardent “Warrior’ fan who loved his hometown and school. He loved fishing and was a true blue man, kind and loyal. He put everyone’s needs before his very own. He will be forever missed and leave a mark on all those he touched.

Jimmy is survived by his mother, Irma Bustillos , sister, Roxanne Canaday and brother John Jr Bustillos. 

Services will be held at Carpinteria Community Church on Sat, April 27, 2019 from 11 am- 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations made to James Bustillos in care of Roxanne Canaday P.O. Box 20262,  Santa Barbara, Ca. 93120


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