Laura Jane Milton

Date of Birth

April 27, 1966

Date of Death

August 22, 2023

City of Death

Santa Barbara, CA

Laura Jane Milton of Santa Barbara, California, passed away on August 22, 2023, at the age of 57 from ALS. She died in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Laura was born in Santa Barbara, California, on April 27, 1966, to Carol Nickerson and Jack Milton. She was raised in Santa Barbara, attending Cleveland Elementary School, Santa Barbara Christian School, and Santa Barbara Junior and Senior High Schools. Always an adventurous spirit, she moved to Kauai, Hawaii, with her husband Mark Morando, where she gave birth to her son, Jason Morando. Upon returning to Santa Barbara, she worked at QAD and then later embraced her love of animals and worked in the veterinary field. She was especially proud of her time spent as a pet sitter for Oprah Winfrey.

Laura was an avid runner and participated in numerous marathons, 5Ks, Santa Barbara Night Moves, and The Pier to Peak. She had a passion for travel and history and visited numerous countries exploring ruins and ancient cultures.

Laura is survived by her son, Jason Morando, daughter-in-law Aviance Morando, granddaughter Kaila Morando, parents Carol Nickerson and Jack Milton, sisters Shauna Milton and Brenda Milton, nephew Heath Milton, step-mother Jan Milton, uncles John Milton and Everett Nickerson, aunt Mary Nickerson, and numerous cousins. She also leaves behind her beloved Maltipoo, Pixel, and Tink and Rue, her Devon Rexes.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 3:00 at The Press Room, 15 E. Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to

Laura will be remembered for her ready smile, zest for life, her love of animals, and her kind and generous heart.


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