Jeffrey Louis Wolff
Jeffrey Louis Wolff of Mission Viejo, CA passed away on June 23 at the age of 61. Beloved by family and friends alike, Jeff left an indelible impression on all who knew him. Born in Dugway, Utah, he spent his early years in Anaheim, CA before moving to Santa Barbara with his family at the age of 10. He graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, followed by a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, with an emphasis in accounting, from UC Santa Barbara. Jeff’s career spanned nearly 30 years in financial management, mostly as a CFO for privately held, multi- million-dollar consumer product companies. Jeff’s financial acumen was prized by his colleagues.
While Jeff enjoyed a successful career, his true love was his family: he was a loving son, brother and uncle, survived by parents Michael Wolff and Lani Hibler Wolff of Santa Barbara; sister Cynthia Anderson, and nephew Josh; proud father to Stephen (Casey), Amanda (Wolff) Murrieta (Ryan) and Mikey; doting grandfather to Stevie Wolff and Dean Murrieta, and devoted life partner to Cindy Reynolds.
Jeff went through life enjoying all he did, from music to cooking to travel. He played clarinet in Santa Barbara’s youth symphony, and the marching band and jazz band in high school. Years later, he played piano and sang in choirs at Saddleback College and University Synagogue.
Jeff’s love of cooking began with an adult education cooking class with his mother while in high school and his skills became fine-tuned throughout his life. Jeff and Cindy also shared a love of travel overseas.
Those who knew Jeff enjoyed his generous and loving spirit, for example his sending pink roses to the women in his life. He also was known for mentoring, encouraging and supporting the hundreds of employees who worked for him over the years.
Jeff’s sense of humor was legendary among family and friends – he loved telling a good joke and was a prankster from his early years. He passed along his love of laughter and silliness, plus enduring love and encouragement, to his three children.
After dealing with cardiac issues at a relatively young age, Jeff felt a calling to mentor others with heart issues as a volunteer at Mended Hearts.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Brith in Santa Barbara.