Keith Leonard Wright

Date of Birth

April 6, 1955

Date of Death

April 29, 2021

Keith Leonard Wright was born at Cottage Hospital April 6, 1955.  He passed away April 29, 2021 after a courageous 8 year battle fighting cancer. Keith grew up on the Eastside attending local schools.  He proudly identified himself as one of “Van’s kids.” He graduated from Santa Barbara High School where he met his wife, Marsha, of 43 years.  He attended SBCC transferring to San Francisco State.  After the birth of their first daughter, they relocated back to Santa Barbara where he enjoyed a 30 year career in architectural design.

Keith is survived by his wife, Marsha Wright, daughters, Andrea (Jamall) Broussard of Panama, and Erica (Edward) Nolasco of Santa Barbara.  He loved being called “Papa” by his grandchildren, Aryah, Leilani, Logan and Luca.  In addition to his biological children, Keith openly accepted countless local youth into the family, and enjoyed being a father to many.

Keith is also survived by his mother, Jewel Timmons, of San Jose, his brother, Kevin (Rhonda) Wright of Castro Valley, his sister, Karla (Thomas) Giles of Colorado Springs, sister-in law, Debbie (Jack) Rivas of Santa Barbara, along with an amazing extended family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, cousins and lifelong friends.

Keith lived life to the fullest. He was happiest when his home was filled with family and friends standing at the grill or watching sports. His Super Bowl parties were legendary and everyone was welcome.  He took great pride in being a SBHS Don.  He enjoyed bicycling, both back packing and car camping, and traveling all over the world.  His happiest times were when the family was together.  He had the biggest smile and so much love in his heart.  He will be missed greatly.

A celebration of life will take place later this summer.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara/Ridley Tree Cancer Center 601 W. Junipero Street, SB, CA 93105, website:, or the SBHS Alumni Association, Class of 1972 Scholarship, P.O. Box 6121, SB, CA 93160,


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