Jeff Wootton, a loving husband and father, died on September 25, 2021 at the age of 75 of complications from Lewy body dementia. He died peacefully at home in Santa Barbara.
Jeff was born on July 8, 1946 in Auckland, New Zealand, to Percy and Dorothy Wootton. There he completed his school education and began a long career in computer software that spanned almost 50 years.
During a week-long trip for adventurous singles in Hawaii, he met a woman named Karen Jeffries from California and was thrilled. They were married on June 25, 1983 in Riverside, CA and moved to Santa Barbara in 1989. Although Jeff lived in the United States for the rest of his life, he retained his New Zealand citizenship and considered himself a “Kiwi”.
They welcomed two daughters into the family: Julie in 1988 and Angela in 1990. Jeff’s life revolved around his family and them. He and Karen were longtime members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Jeff was a man of few words, but when he spoke he was kind, wise, and intelligent. Many happy family memories were made on RV rig trips across the western United States. He had a knack for skilfully pushing the trailer into the tightest of storage spaces. He loved boogie boarding with his kids in the ocean and enjoyed it even more than they did!
He leaves behind his 38-year-old wife, Karen Wootton, Daughters Julie Wootton-Greener (Cody) and Angela Wootton (Ava), brother Alan Wootton(Heather), parents-in-law Stan and Marion Jeffries, and a grandchild born in March 2022.
We remember Jeff’s bright blue eyes, his willingness to take anyone with him (even in the middle of the night), his calm, humble manner, and his admirable skills in making coffee.
Memorial donations can be made to Food From the Heart in Santa Barbara or VNA Health and Hospice.
In the future there will be a private family celebration to commemorate.