1/16/1935 – 9/11/2019
Edward Daniel Rubio passed away Sept. 11, 2019, surrounded by family at his beloved Rancho Rubio in Carpinteria. Eddie was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Jesus and Frances Rubio. He married the love of his life, Nancy Cravens on Oct. 12, 1956, in Fort Lee, Virginia. They were married for 59 amazing years before her passing in 2016.
Eddie was a 1954 graduate of Carpinteria High School and a loyal parishioner of St. Josephs Catholic Church. After serving in the Army, Eddie worked for Channel City Lumber before getting the opportunity to develop Rancho Rubio into not just an avocado orchard, but a place for everyone to gather. He enjoyed hosting hundreds of events at the “Ranch” (Rancho Rubio/Cravens Ranch), where “Paba” always made sure there was plenty of food and fun … and the more people the better. Nothing made him happier than watching his kids and grandkids participate, whether it be football, basketball, soccer, dance or cheerleading.
Often referred to as Mr. Warrior, he attended every game, and did everything possible to make sure every kid in Carpinteria had the chance to be part of the Warrior tradition that he loved so much. Thousands of kids over the years have taken the field knowing Paba would be leading the crowd with “Here we go Warriors! Here we go!” But it didn’t end on Friday Nights, as he spent almost 45 years attending both home and away games for his beloved USC Trojans. He was known by just about everyone in Carpinteria, and often referred to as the “Mayor.” Eddie held a special place in the hearts of many and will be deeply missed.
The family will miss all of Eddie’s love and unconditional support. His love for family and all that Carpinteria has to offer is something that can never be replaced, but you will forever remain in our hearts. Warrior Spirit Never Dies!
Eddie is survived by sisters, Margaret, Arcadia and Mary, as well as three daughters and their spouses: Kathryn DeAlba (Greg), Melissa, Julie Shamblin (BJ). He leaves behind an amazing legacy of nine grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Carpinteria High School Athletics, 4849 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10 a.m.