Michael Saffold

Date of Birth

August 10, 1993

Date of Death

November 11, 2022

City of Death

Goleta, CA

Michael Saffold was born on August 10, 1993 to Richard and Becky Saffold. An inquisitive child, he had an insatiable desire to learn about all things, especially if they were computer-related. Michael attended La Patera Elementary School, GVJH, and two years at DPHS before going on to earn his GED from SBCC’s noncredit program. A quiet leader, Michael encouraged friends who were struggling with school to also earn their GED. Michael then attended SBCC, earning an AS in Computer Network Engineering and Electronics.

Between working for various retail establishments, Michael dabbled in helping friends’ businesses with marketing and website development, as well as continually learning about computers, pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, and creating music on a keyboard. One time, his parents needed a new computer, and instead of buying a complete unit, Michael encouraged them to buy one that came with (seemingly) thousands of pieces that he would assemble. Although it was challenging, Michael persevered, and a few days later, the computer was up and running! He was also his grandparents’ “go to” IT guy, fixing and installing all of their devices and gadgets.

An extremely private person, it was the rare occasion that Michael would open up and talk about some of his challenges. His parents and two brothers loved him unconditionally, and his friends marveled at his intelligence, devotion, and wisdom.

Michael began working for a temporary agency earlier this year, which placed him in the HR department at Jordano’s. After three months, Jordano’s hired him as an HR IT Systems Administrator. Michael loved his job and said a few months ago that this was the happiest he had ever been in his life.

His parents learned from friends about the many entrepreneurial and adventurous dreams he yearned to fulfill.

Michael died tragically on November 11, 2022. He leaves behind his grieving parents, Richard and Becky, older brother Steven, younger brother, Tim, and numerous friends and relatives. His mother recalls Michael accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior when he was a young teenager. An annual SBCC scholarship for a student majoring in CNEE is being developed in his honor.

A “Celebration of Life” and BBQ lunch will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm at the Goleta Boys & Girls Club (5701 Hollister Ave.). All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the SBCC Foundation to establish the Michael Saffold Memorial Scholarship.
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