It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must share that our dear Jacob Compton, beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, and true friend to all passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at the age of 26.
Jake was born on Jan. 27, 1996 to Joseph and Lisa Compton. He was the first born son, and the oldest brother to Jason and Kailey Compton. Together our family is heartbroken as we bear this incredible loss to our close-knit family.
All who met Jake recognized his golden heart and his defining selfless kindness. Without reservation, Jake allowed this kindness to touch every aspect of his life, whether as a student, young professional, or simply a friend. His sense of humor warmed those around him, and his listening ear or strong shoulder was never far from them in times of need.
Jake was just beginning what had already promised to be a successful career. He spent years singularly focused on refining his skills and gaining the education necessary to turn his innate creative talents into a professional career as a video game designer.
He traveled to Japan, embraced the culture, and hoped to one day return. Though employed with game developer studio Naughty Dog for just over one year, Jake made his presence known and was given significant responsibility in his growing role. A bright future was no doubt in store for him.
In pursuit of this dream job, Jake earned five AA degrees from Santa Barbara City College and a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz in computer science, with an emphasis in video game design.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara and Goleta, Jake built deep friendships while attending local schools, including Isla Vista Elementary, Goleta Valley Junior High, and Dos Pueblos High.
Jake was an artist and a perfectionist, and it showed in the high quality of his work. He enjoyed spending time with his family for joyful events and celebrations, all merely an excuse for us to gather, laugh, and love each other.
Jake held his friends close and valued the many get-togethers, shared experiences, and activities they pursued. A friendship with Jake was enduring; he knew how to lift anyone’s spirits, regardless of the situation.
In short, all who knew Jake share a common thread — their lives were made substantially warmer and brighter because he was a part of it.
We will remember his passion for a challenging video game, his love of a good drink shared with his dad, and the love, shaped by his mom and his family, from a heart of gold.
To his brother and sister, Jake was a lifelong companion and friend; each backed the others, and together they shared many memories that will never be replaced.
While his passing leaves an unfillable emptiness, our memories of Jake and his place in our hearts are forever. He is with us and tangible in the joys, laughter and memories we will share going forward. The world is truly better because of Jake, now and forever.
Jake is survived by his parents Joe and Lisa Compton; brother and sister Jason and Kailey Compton; paternal grandparents Jerry and Betty Compton; uncles Jerry, Marc and Greg Compton, and Robert Philkill; aunts Becki and Melissa Compton, Susan Philkill, and Cindy Messick; maternal grandparents Richard and Candice Ray; uncles Rick Ray and David Stratton; aunt Jennifer Ray; cousins Alexandra, Connor, Mason, Cole, Charlotte, Austin, and Quinn; in addition to countless friends.