6/18/1959 – 9/9/2020
“Captain” Kirk Nix passed away peacefully while asleep in his home in Shepherd’s Place in Carpinteria at the age of 61, due to complications from a chronic illness.
Kirk was born on June 18, 1959 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, to Charles “Chuck” Nix and Mary Nix, his parents who preceded him in death. He was raised in Carpinteria alongside his elder brother Michael and his elder sister Gail, who survive him.
A life-long resident and proud local of Carpinteria, Kirk attended and graduated from Carpinteria High School. He was a passionate lover of the ocean and spent much of his youth surfing at Carpinteria beaches and taking part in amateur competitions. True to Carpinteria’s namesake, he took up the trade of carpentry after graduation, culminating in a position as a finish carpenter at the world-famous Miramar hotel in Montecito. Afterwards, he moved on to accept a position as a civil servant where he worked at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station for Santa Barbara County.
But those closest to him knew Kirk as a loving father of four children. Kirk is survived by his son Joseph, and his three daughters Kristina, Lisa and Katie. He is also survived by his granddaughter Veda. Their early days together as a family created happy memories that his children will carry with them through the rest of their lives. Lisa’s memories of camping near the Santa Ynez River with Kirk has given her a life-long love of nature, where she has always felt at peace. Joseph will always remember the times Kirk took him and his sisters to the beach, and the joy he felt playing with them in the sand. Kristina will always remember the quiet nights they spent looking at the stars together, listening to her father’s imaginative ghost stories. And Katie will always treasure the love of surfing that she inherited from her dad.
Kirk was a gentle, energetic and fun-loving free spirit. He felt at home in nature and in the sea, which he loved dearly. Surfing always brought his spirits up; a happy day at the beach would put him in a good mood for days. He loved music and could often be heard playing his guitar late into the night. He was open and generous with everyone he called a friend, which was almost everyone he met. He was funny, goofy and gentle. His silly grin often hid his quick wit and sincere affections. He would always hug those he loved with a tight bear hug, and it was always so hard for him to let go of you. In just the same way, it will be very hard for all the people who knew and loved him to let him go.
Kirk will be mourned in private ceremonies by his friends and family. In lieu of flowers or gifts of any kind, we ask you to please consider making a donation to Lunch Bunch for Homeless Outreach. During the final years of his life, Kirk gave of his time and energy to the community and would like those who love him to continue to do so in his honor. Make checks payable to Carpinteria Community Church, at 111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
His family thanks you for your thoughts, support, prayers and positive energy.