Kim Croyle passed away on Aug. 23, 2023, at the age of 74 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, after a 9-month battle with glioblastoma.

Kim Croyle
Kim Croyle

She was a resident of Santa Ynez, California, since 2015, having previously resided in Santa Barbara and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kim was a 1967 graduate of Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara, and a 1977 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. 

Kim was born in Seattle on Aug. 8, 1949, to William R. and Elcena Torrance Croyle. Her family moved to Santa Barbara in 1964. She travelled extensively and pursued a career in medical device regulatory affairs.  

Kim’s favorite country was Italy. She loved all kinds of music, reading, movies, live theatre, golf, and her dogs. She was an oenophile who also enjoyed well-crafted cocktails and good food, especially Asian cuisine.

She lived in the moment and especially appreciated good conversation and meals with friends and family. She was unforgiving of braggadocio, misogyny, and political hypocrisy. 

Like her mother, who had worked as a journalist, Kim loved meeting and learning about people. She was a loyal and caring friend and devoted daughter who mastered the art of listening and always remembered the details of a previous conversation.

Like her father, a U.S. Marine Corps officer and business executive, she was practical, organized, persistent, selfless, kind and generous. She lived by her father’s philosophy to “enjoy every day on purpose”.

Kim is survived by her partner of 43 years, Nicola Selley; her elder sister, Kirby (of Sandy, Utah); her younger brothers, William (of Littleton, Colorado) and Robert (of Carlsbad, California) and their wives, Mary Jane LaRoche and Carol Croyle; her in-laws, Angie and Harry Somic (of Perth, Australia); as well as six nieces and nephews and four grand nieces and nephews.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Brain Tumor Society ( ) are appreciated.