Walter ‘Walt’ Dalton Clapp

Date of Birth

October 4, 1938

Date of Death

June 27, 2022

City of Death

Santa Barbara, Ca

The Clapp Family wishes to honor the life of their beloved Walt Clapp. He was endlessly generous with his love of others and shared it freely. He especially loved his wife of 60 years Wendy, his son Doug and daughter Jill, daughter and son-in-law Christina and Rafic, grandsons Antoine, Alex, Andre, Jarin, and Calen, and last (but certainly not least) his kitty Ruby Begonia. His quiet creativity, his magic in the garden, and his zest for life were just some of the unique traits that made him special. He was unfailingly loyal to any group or organization he participated in and had the wonderful ability to instantly recall peoples’ and their stories…even many years after meeting! He looked at life with positivity, a sense of humor, and a twinkle in his sparkling blue eyes. Everyone who knew Walt loved him.

Walt was born at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara to Ralph and Helen Clapp, and a graduate of Humpty Dumpty pre-school and Santa Barbara High. He earned a BA from Claremont Mens College and then completed Naval Officers Candidate School. Walt was so proud to serve his country.

Following his Naval career, he spent 40 years working in sales, marketing, and management for Container Corporation of America. Throughout his career he introduced his family to many people, places, and experiences along the East coast and the Midwest.

Walt was most proud of his connections with people and the care he put into every professional and personal relationship. After returning to Santa Barbara in 2004, he became a diligent volunteer at PATH in Santa Barbara serving lunches to homeless residents. Walt was a proud member of Channel City Club, Clampers, Westerners, and All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church.

He loved holidays and decorating with lights, music, golf, the beach, picnics, and traveling, especially to Hawaii which was a place he visited with his mother and father as a boy, and on his honeymoon. It was an extremely special place to him.

We will be celebrating Walt’s life July 23rd at All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church at 3pm. In remembrance of Walt’s spirit, colorful clothing or Hawaiian shirts are invited. In Walt’s honor donations can be made to PATH at or by mailing to PATH, 816 Cacique St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Attention: John Bowlin.


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