Richard Golden of Santa Barbara died peacefully November 12, 2020.
Richard was born in Massachusetts but was a long time Santa Barbara resident.
Richard’s work was very important to him. He worked as an engineer in telemetry systems. In that capacity he traveled all over the world installing and inspecting satellite control systems for NASA and others. His favorite assignment was field support for the Japanese telemetry ground station at Christmas island (Kirabati) . Once on the island the only communication to friends and family was by ham radio. He became a very popular ham radio contact. He has many contact letters from ham operators all over the world.
His last position was with Acroamatics in Goleta from where he retired.
He had many interest but swing dancing was his passion. He sometimes danced five times a week driving to wherever there was a dance. He met his partner Lynn swing dancing on his 50th birthday. They were together from then on.
Lynn introduced Richard to volleyball and skiing. We enjoyed both with the Santa Barbara ski and sports club.
He loved watching UCSB sports teams. This included men’s and women’s basketball soccer and baseball. For several years he coordinated the Air Bus away games travel for fans of the women’s basketball team. Other interest include included genealogy and cooking with Lynn. All in all a life well lived.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Robert, daughter Laurie and son Richard Jr.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law Claudia, granddaughter Kelly Ann , niece Leanne, nephews Robert Jr, Billy and Brian, aunts, uncles and cousins and his partner Lynn Raber.
Many thanks to the staff at the Californian of Santa Barbara and VNA Health (visiting Nurses and hospice care) of Santa Barbara for his end of life care. If you wish a donation can be made to the VNA Health of Santa Barbara. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.