Peter J Davidson

Date of Birth

December 12, 1949

Date of Death

November 17, 2022

City of Death

Santa Barbara

Peter Davidson died in Santa Barbara on 17 November 2022 after an extended illness. He graduated from Bishop Diego Garcia High School and attended Santa Clara and Cal Poly SLO Universities. He moved to San Francisco where his lifelong love of good food was nurtured. He also fed his passions for travel, golf, hiking and fishing, including becoming a master at making hand-crafted fishing poles, all while working his way up to vice president of an SF company. But he often returned to his home town and on the occasion of their 30th high school reunion reconnected with Dorothy. They soon married and moved to a hillside home in Pacifica, retiring 10-years later and returning to Santa Barbara.
Like all who knew him, Dorothy was charmed by Peter’s outgoing and sociable nature, his generosity, his shy smile and his love of romantic gestures. He preferred logic over emotion but was a pushover especially with family who exploited his profound weakness for candy and cookies.
Peter had deep roots in Santa Barbara. Both of his parents trace back several generations in the city and his wife Dorothy is a descendent of the Ortega family of Rancho Arroyo Hondo. He also leaves behind two step daughters Erika Ronchietto and Ashley Butler, sons-in-law Martin Ronchietto and David Soberano, five beloved grandchildren, and his sister Mary Kay Hewitt, husband Roger and sons Paul and Peter. His sister Pat Davidson preceded him. A celebration of his life is planned to take place in early 2023; for more information please send a message to For anyone caring to do so, Dorothy suggests a donation in his name to support the Arroyo Hondo Preserve (Land Trust for SB County).


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