Fred A. Espinosa
Fred A. Espinosa

Fred A. Espinosa, a Santa Barbara native of several generations, passed peacefully on Sept. 4, 2023.

Fred was well known in Santa Barbara after growing up downtown, attending all local schools, and graduating as a proud Santa Barbara High School Don! He would often reminisce about all the friends he ran around with back in the ’60s and the fun of the era.

He worked briefly for the city, and later retired after a long tenure with the county of Santa Barbara.

Fred had a passion for coaching youth football for (decades) and found himself being a father figure to many of the kids.

He became an avid barbecue king, finding himself countless times barbecuing up for friends and family, often at Tuckers Grove, and afterwards quenching his thirst with a cold Budweiser.

Fred was a simple, no-frills man who loved just hanging out in his garage. We all knew we could find him there in his happy place welcoming those that dropped by to visit.

Let us not forget Fred had some great dance moves back in the day. Another love interest was his 1965 Red Chevy truck. Whenever he moved, along came old Red!

Later, Fred moved to Buellton and spent the last years there with his family. He liked the quietness of the town, an area where his mother and ancestors were born and raised.

Fred was immensely proud of all his children and grandchildren whom he always spoke of in high regard. Even though he could be stubborn man at times, we loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed by his family.

Fred fought relentlessly among so many health challenges. He gave it his all. He will now join the many family members that left ahead of him. He will now be free of any pain and renewed.

Rest in Peace Dad, Papa, Brother, Pops & AKA “Freddy Frog!”

Fred was preceded in death by his father Charles Espinosa and mother Juanita Espinosa. Survived by wife Kathy; former wife Alicia Falcon; children Paul Espinosa (Jessica), Janel (Ronnie) Ruiz, Steve (Ofelia) Espinosa, Fred Espinosa Jr.; three stepchildren Jamie (Derrick) Gibson, Ramon Fuentes and Melissa Fuentes.

In addition, he leaves 21 grandchildren and two great granddaughters; sisters Gladys (Arthur) Ortiz and Rhonda Espinosa Castillo; along with a niece and nephews, cousins, and extended family.

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A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.