Raymond Frank Hanacek (1937 – 2024)

Raymond Hanacek (courtesy)

Raymond Frank Hanacek died at the age of 86 on January 21, 2024 in Santa Barbara, CA surrounded by his loving family.

Ray was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 15, 1937 to Frank and Julia Hanacek and attended elementary, middle, and high schools in North Royalton, Ohio, graduating as class President. Ray obtained a Bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University then relocated to California and served in the Army Reserves. During that time he met Judith K. Backman, whom he married on August 30, 1963, and they remained a loving and devoted couple throughout their lives. Ray and Judy moved to Santa Barbara in 1974 and enjoyed a full life with family and friends and hosted many annual celebrations at their beautiful home.

Ray was Sales Director and later Product Manager for state of the art medical equipment and surgical devices and continued in sales until he was 75.

Outside of work, Ray enjoyed woodworking, painting, BBQing, watching football, and Sunday family outings after church.

Ray will always be remembered for his warmth and infectious sense of humor. He will have a special place in the hearts of all those who loved him and anyone lucky enough to spend time listening to his many humorous stories.

Ray is survived by his wife, Judy, his children, Laura Lynch (husband Jonathan) and David Hanacek (wife Sarah), and his grandchildren, Kayleb, Maddyn, and Banks Hanacek.

A mass will be held in his honor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 4/12 at 11am.

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