Larry Robert Matthews
Long time Santa Barbara resident Larry Robert Matthews passed away on July 11, 2022 with his daughter Zoraetta at his side. A kind and gentle spirit, Larry was born in Pennsylvania March 9, 1940. He was one of many brothers and sisters, who grew stronger together as a result of their circumstances. As a teenager he moved to California where he would enlist in the Navy as soon as he was able. He described his time with the Navy as one of the best times of his life: honor, comradery, stability, and the chance to travel the world.
Larry maintained his sense for adventure throughout his life, whether it be backpacking in the Rocky Mountains or living abroad in France. He loved to explore new places but always called Santa Barbara home. In the summers he could be found walking Hendry’s Beach, having breakfast at the Summerland Beach Cafe, or attending the French and Summer Solstice festivals. He was an avid cyclist, tennis player, and loved to dance. In his later years he loved spending time with his grandkids at the beach and the Santa Barbara Zoo. He is dearly loved by friends and family who considered him a source of advice and wisdom.
He leaves behind his sisters Brenda, Yvonne, Beverly, Donna, and his brother Barry; his two daughters Zoraetta and Rosalie; his three grandchildren Nashay, Christopher, and Oliver, and four great-grandchildren: August, Charlotte, Max, and Azalea. Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to an Alzheimer’s research organization of one’s choosing. A Navy memorial service will be held for Larry in January, with an intimate ceremony on the Santa Barbara channel islands to follow.