5/30/1941 – 8/29/2019
Jon Washington grew up on Vallecito Road in Carpinteria. He later lived in Los Angeles, the Midwest and Palm Springs, but Carpinteria was always his beloved hometown.
At Carpinteria High School, 6’ 4” Jon was a legendary first baseman, and reported sports events in the school paper, in the Carpinteria Herald, and occasionally in Santa Barbara’s News-Press. After graduating in 1959, he earned a scholarship to Pepperdine, where he majored in journalism. He became a sportswriter for the LA Herald-Examiner, and later for the Rockford Register Star. Jon and his wife Jean and his stepson settled in Rockford, Illinois.
After retiring to Palm Springs, Jon wrote an article for the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society about growing up on Vallecito Road in the 1940s and ’50s. This was the first of what became a series of collaborative articles on this era in Carpinteria, chronicling such local institutions as the Lemon House, Reggie’s Bait Shop, Mills Drug Store, Santa Claus Lane, downtown businesses, and more. Jon would endlessly seek input from classmates, schoolmates and old-timers, and the results, published in the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society’s newsletter, The Grapevine, are a vivid, first-hand account of those days.
Jon is survived by his wife, Jean Washington of Palm Springs, and his sister, Maggie Johnson of Santa Barbara.
Jon will be greatly missed by his wide circle of friends, but he has left us a lasting legacy of local history. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013.