Desmond David Olivera , a descendant from the first settlers of Santa Barbara , died suddenly on Friday August 31, 2007. He was born on July 26, 1947 in Santa Barbara to Harry and Anna Olivera. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School . He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. After Vietnam , he came back to Santa Barbara and raised a family while working for Applied Magnetics, Burroughs, Delco Electronics, Karl Storz Imaging and Raytheon where he was a Technical Support Specialist. Desmond was a HAM radio enthusiast and often helped with communications for local events. He was a member of the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613. He had a life long love for motorcycles and liked to ride his Harley on the weekends with the Santa Barbara Riders and fellow veterans. He was also a devoted and loving grandfather to his two grandchildren. He was known as Desi to those who knew and loved him. His family often joked that he knew everyone in Santa Barbara because everywhere they went there was always someone he knew that he would stop to talk to. Desi will be greatly missed by his family, friends and anyone who was fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. Desmond is survived by his wife Debbie Olivera, daughter Dianne Olivera, son David Olivera and brother Lester Olivera. His family and close friends will celebrate his life with a private memorial service. For those that loved him, Desi wishes were to be remembered just as you knew him, always willing to lend a helping hand. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Santa Barbara Humane Society 5399 Overpass Road Santa Barbara , California 93111

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