1/10/1973 – 10/17/2019
William “Billy” Jeffrey Cervantes passed away on Oct. 17, 2019 in Santa Barbara, surrounded by family and friends. Born to Raymond and Lydia Cervantes at Cottage Hospital, Billy was raised in Carpinteria and stayed local until his passing.
A FedEx Employee for 24 years, he started in Santa Barbara where he worked as a float courier before taking a permanent route in Carpinteria. He later became a Ramp Transport Driver in Santa Barbara, transporting freight to and from the Los Angeles ramp nightly, and helping the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo stations when they needed him. He loved his job and was proud to work for FedEx. He was always smiling, joking, socializing and could fill a room with laughter.
Billy was loyal and honest. He had a solid work ethic, integrity and patience. He was kind, gentle and willing to help those in need. A selfless man, he was a team player in all aspects of his life. Full of love and inspiration, he was surrounded by those who loved him in return, making friends for life. Billy was born to be a dad. His sons were the most important thing in his life, and he made sure they felt his love.
Billy enjoyed riding quads, bicycle riding and impromptu road trips. He enjoyed all types of music, playing with and loving his fur-babies, especially Felix and Leona. He enjoyed trying new things, going to musicals, BBQs and bargain shopping. He enjoyed making food and carrot cake cupcakes to share with friends and co-workers. Billy also loved his donuts and cronuts, for which he got others hooked.
Billy was a Jordan fan; basketball was his favorite sport and he was very good at it. He played softball in the local area as well as traveling to out of town tournaments playing with both friends and family. Along with teaching his sons the game of basketball and baseball when they were growing up, he coached basketball at the Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club and baseball for the Carpinteria Valley Little League.
Billy is survived by his wife, Michelle Haifley and children, William “Billy Jr.” Cervantes and Joshawa Cervantes; his granddaughter, Sophia; his mother, Lydia; his brothers, Tommy (Judy), Raymond (Gloria), Timmy, Richard (Diana) and Andy; and sister, Nicole; along with his 17 nieces and nephews, and five great-nieces.
Billy will be loved forever and tremendously missed. He left a positive impact on the lives he touched and especially on those who loved him. His forever smiling face will never be forgotten.