Memorial Service for Austin Bartoo Scheduled for March 14

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, in Los Olivos for Austin Bartoo, a BA student at Antioch University Santa Barbara who passed away on February 23.

Austin’s family has released the following obituary with details about the memorial service and highlights from Austin’s life and also set up a site for family and friends to submit memories and photos of Austin: www.caringbridge.org/visit/honoringaustinbartoo

Austin Troy Bartoo, a student at Antioch University Santa Barbara, wine club team lead at Firestone Vineyard, and lifelong resident of Santa Ynez, CA, died unexpectedly on February 23, 2015. Austin was in a severe car accident on Saturday, February 21. He was transported to the ICU at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he fought for his life and recovery. When Austin sadly passed away two days later, he was able to give others the gift of life through his organ donation.

Austin is survived by his parents, Roy and Theresa Bartoo, and his sisters, Alisha and Shannon, and grandparents, Bill and Paula Bartoo and Jeanne Kubes.

Austin was born in Santa Maria, CA, on April 3, 1989. In 2008, he graduated from Santa Ynez High School, where he played football and soccer. He went on to study first at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and then at Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB). He was expected to graduate from AUSB with his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Marketing and Communication in December of this year.

Austin was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, co-worker, and friend. He enjoyed working out, running, and living an active lifestyle by becoming a certified personal fitness trainer. Austin loved spending time with his friends and family at the lake, and he was a fun, playful, and loving uncle to his niece, Kenleigh. He was a passionate wine enthusiast who loved working at Firestone vineyards. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

An open memorial service for family and friends is scheduled on March 14 at 1pm at Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyards, 4871 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (rain or shine). In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an annual scholarship fund in Austin’s honor to benefit upcoming graduates of Santa Ynez Valley High School. In addition to the scholarship, a portion of all initial donations received will go to upgrading the Santa Ynez Valley High School Weight room. Please send all donations to P.O. Box 567, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460. Make checks payable to “Austin Bartoo Memorial Fund.”

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