Say farewell to Jim and Betty Stein who lived a wonderful life together and raised a family of five sons in Burbank and Carpinteria. Jim and Betty were born and raised in Hollywood. When the Depression hit, Betty moved to Catalina Island while her father was a band leader for the Wrigleys. During the war, Jim was a Merchant Marine in the Pacific Theatre while Betty worked at the Knickerbocker Hotel. In later years, Jim was employed by Canada Dry and Anheuser Bush as a merchandizing supervisor as well as a project manager for Frank Sinatra who owned the company. Preferring to live close to the Pacific Ocean, he spent his spare time collecting antique seafaring and nautical items and transforming them into maritime-themed art installations and decorations, expressing his memories and dreams of life on the sea.
Betty worked for the American Red Cross during the Vietnam War, and later the Tri Valley Special Olympics. She loved animals with a passion and was always happiest to have a menagerie of domestic (some exotic) animals to help fill in the quiet times. Together, Jim and Betty worked on their homes in Burbank, Catalina and Carpinteria. For Mother’s Day in 1971, Jim gave Betty a baby Capuchin Monkey, naming it “Siwa.” This monkey not only became Betty’s one and only daughter, she was the only other girl in the family – living for 38 years!
Jim and Betty were an integral part of the first group of Carpinterians to facilitate the purchase of the Carpinteria Bluffs, helping to preserve it as “open space” for future generations. They instilled this sense of community service and volunteerism in their five sons.
Jim passed away in 2015 and Betty last Christmas. They are survived by their sons, Jeffrey (Theresa), Keith (Carol), Brad (Carla), Jerry (Yvonne), Thomas (Marla and Cyndi). In addition, they are survived by 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Jim and Betty Stein will be missed. They wove a fine thread in the fabric of our lives that is appreciated and for which we are truly grateful.