1946 – 2022
Jane passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2022, from complications following surgery. Even though pneumonia took her away from us, her generous, fun, and loving heart will continue to shine on.
Jane moved to Santa Barbara as a UCSB student and never left. Her walks along the beach and in the many beautiful neighborhoods of SB were a constant in her life. After a brief teaching career, she went into the legal field and was a paralegal for almost 50 years. She will be missed not only by her colleagues at Mullen and Henzel, but many others in the legal community. She was instrumental in starting the Paralegal education program at UCSB.
Always adventurous, Jane took two months off in 1980 to be a Colorado River guide, where she made lifelong friends. When invited to a dude ranch, she took riding lessons for six weeks, breaking her finger when her horse was spooked. That did not deter her! Later, Jane’s passion for travel took her to the pyramids in Egypt, Christmas markets in Germany, and many other countries over many years. A lifelong learner, Jane was an avid reader and started two book clubs, both still active (one ongoing for 37 years). She read cookbooks like they were novels, and we all benefitted from her studies: she absolutely loved entertaining her friends with elaborate dinners, from signature cocktails to a special dessert. She loved her law firm’s holiday cooking competition, winning after discovering the secret ingredient for guaranteed votes: bacon. Family gatherings will not be the same without Jane in the kitchen!
She was a treasured sister to Linda McClain (Jeff), aunt to Greg (Kate) and Darren McClain, great aunt to Scott and Ian McClain, and beloved daughter to her adopted mother-in-law, Esther McClain. Family, friends and colleagues could depend on her sunny company and charming conversation. She was a bright light in too many lives to count.
Memorial arrangements are in progress and will occur in early 2023. To be updated with details when they are decided you may contact Linda at email@example.com. If so inclined, donations may be made in Jane’s honor to the Central Branch of the Santa Barbara Library, The Breast Cancer Resource Center, Santa Barbara, or Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP Cats). We hope that her many friends will take a moment over the holidays to join us in raising a glass to our sweet Jane.