The world is a smaller place today as Joseph Deutsch, brother, uncle, father and friend departed suddenly on May 23, 2022. Born in Queens, New York to loving parents, Sheldon and Amy Deutsch, he grew up in Santa Barbara. Joe was a joy and a lifelong warrior. He was a colorful man, with a quick wit and a roaring laugh. Joe carried with him a certain gentleness and a jovial heart, for he came to understand the human spirit of man.
It was Joe’s kind and compassionate soul that led him to advocate for those people and causes dear to him throughout his life. Aside from his family, most important to Joe was the rescue of exploited animals and support for his veteran friends, and those marginalized and less fortunate than himself. Joe used his passions wisely to manifest positive change wherever he was able. He was generous with his heart and time, always ready to assist.
Joe was well known and much loved with our Santa Barbara Community. His happiest pastime was enjoying the sand and sea or relaxing with his favorite novel and the Bible at Rainbow Park where he would socialize with loved friends and often wave “howdy” to the many passerby with his colossal smile. He practiced positivity by always following up with, “Well the good news is.”
Joe is survived by his loving family, sister and brother-in-law Tony and Laurie Piciucco, nephew and niece Michael and Alyssa Piciucco. We will miss him and he will always live in our hearts as lovable and unforgettable.
Donations in memory of Joe can be made to the Santa Barbara Humane Society or P.A.W.S.