Ralph Hyatt was a devoted father, husband, and son. He passed away peacefully at home in Santa Barbara on March 29, 2021 after a battling a number of health issues. He was surrounded by his family and beloved rescue dogs.
Ralph was born September 4, 1958 at Cottage Hospital. He loved Santa Barbara and his vast community of friends, his State Street “shuffles,” touring friends and family on drives around town, Hendry’s Beach walks, umpiring and volunteering for local baseball programs, trips to Palm Springs, and frequenting his favorite restaurants, most of all, Harry’s Plaza Cafe. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kelly, his 4 children Laura (35), Thomas (32), Kelsey (26), and Claire (20) and his mother, Lois Braunheim. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph B. Hyatt and stepfather, Stephen Braunheim. Ralph’s humor and endless optimism won’t soon be forgotten. He never met a stranger and had lasting nicknames for all close to him.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Underdog Heroes Rescue (underdogheroes.org) or Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute (cimwi.org).