Richard L Smalley
On April 15, 2021, Richard L. Smalley (Rick) earned his wings and was welcomed into Heaven by his Lord and Savior.
Rick was born in Ohio on December 14, 1958. His family moved to the Goleta Valley when he was one year old. Rick loved the beaches and mountains. He was a true local, swimming at Red Rock and hanging at the beach. He loved the outdoors, camping with his dog “Nabs”, and riding his motorcycle. Rick was a talented athlete, an avid hiker, mountain biker, snow and water skier. He was an amazing tennis player. He won many tournaments . As an animal lover, Rick rescued several dogs– always the one that had been at the shelter the longest. Rick had a great sense of humor. We will miss listening to his animated stories. We are proud of you, Rick. You are a great friend, son, uncle and an awesome big brother. And a heck of a lot of fun!
Rick leaves behind numerous friends: His beloved parents, father Richard Smalley, mother Shirley Edwards, sister Judy and brother Brian Darbyshire. Rick was also a loving Uncle to Lindsay and Lauren.