Roy Hill McLean
Last year we said goodbye to an exceptionally sensitive, fun, creative spirit when Roy succumbed to stage IV cancer. Born in Santa Barbara., he spent hours exploring Mission Creek and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Roy loved being outdoors and he enjoyed learning about the natural history of SB County from the back country to the Channel Islands. He also grew up surfing the Pit, Refugio and El Cap which led to his life-long passion. He graduated from San Marcos HS in 1969.
Jalama became his home surf break after moving to Lompoc in the late 80’s. Friends said that “his love and passion for surfing and the ocean truly define him”, and & “he’s now in a place where he can enjoy surfing everyday and where the Dodgers never lose”. He also enjoyed collegiate basketball (Go Bruins! Go Gauchos!), the Lakers, the Raiders and watching the Tour de France. Roy was big-hearted and generous. He was the life of any party and enjoyed barbecuing for friends, telling stories, fishing, camping, playing his conga drum, and being in Mexico.
Roy was a beautiful and artistic soul. During his early years as a gardener and then as a landscape contractor, he beautified many area homes with his creative touch.
Roy is predeceased by his parents Jim and Rowena (Hoey) McLean; brothers David and Rex McLean and sister Casandra (Sandy) Amhaz. He is survived by sister-in-law Nornie McLean, many loving nephews and nieces, ex-wife Renee, a wide circle of dear friends in SB County, and his family of friends in LDM, Mexico.
A celebration of Roy’s life will be held at Tucker’s Grove Park on July 17, 2021.
Roy brightened the lives of all who knew him. As another friend appropriately said, “Roy will live on in our memories… and we will smile”.
As Roy would say, “PEACE”.