Robert Manuel Carrillo
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Manuel Carrillo announces his passing on December 12, 2020. He was born in 1936 to Lupe Echevarria and Manuel Carrillo in Ventura, CA. His father passed away when he was 7 years old. His mother lovingly raised him along with her brothers. Robert (Bob as most of us know him) started out working in the fields throughout Santa Barbara County.
Bob attended Santa Maria and Santa Barbara schools. He was married at the tender age of 19 and fathered 3 boys: Jack, John and Robert Carrillo Jr. The three boys grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, as their father worked for the Alisal Golf Resort. Many fond memories grew from living and growing up there.
Bob had many goals and many jobs throughout his years. His boys tagged along and remember helping him clean the wine bottles and vacuuming the old Solvang Windmill Restaurant as well as sweeping and dusting the Farmer Boy Restaurant in Santa Barbara. When the boys were growing up, one of his favorite things to do was give them the “Bowl Hair Cut” or the BUZZ cut. They still remember when the cutters hit the bowl near their ears. In 1967 Robert packed the family up and moved to San Bernardino to attend Barber College and become a certified barber. Bob had a few jobs in San Bernardino cutting hair to make ends meet. In 1970 Bob packed up his family again and moved back to the Santa Barbara area where he eventually landed his dream job working for Danny Ramirez’ Barber Shop “Dannys” in Loreto Plaza. Bob eventually, with great pride, bought his own shop in Goleta, CA.
He later moved to a larger space a few doors away and then to the Costco shopping center in Goleta. Many great barbers and hair stylists worked with him throughout the years. Eventually he moved back to Ventura and opened a shop there. Numerous customers followed him to Ventura and he was always thankful for their loyalty.
Bob loved his barbering until the day he passed. There was a special warmth about him that endeared him to relatives and friends alike. Bob is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diane, his brother Alex Southgate (Debbie), his sons, Jack Carrillo, John Carrillo (Susie), Robert Carrillo Jr. (Donna), his step-son, William Toliver III, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. His mother preceded him in death. Robert, you are missed.