Obituary of Eugene Landingen
We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Eugene "Poochie Poo" Landingen. Eugene passed away October 14th, 2022 at 11:41 AM at Serenity House, surrounded by childhood friends and wife of 27 years. Eugene battled Glioblastoma Multiforme (terminal brain cancer) for 14 months. He was 50 years old when diagnosed. He fought thru six months of chemotherapy, over 50+ rounds of radiation and one clinical trial like a champion. No matter how tired or in pain, he did it with the most positive energy.
Eugene was born and raised in Santa Barbara California to Marcelo Landingen and Fernanda Garcia.
As a little boy, he loved when his dad would take him and his mom for drives around the beach and going to his grandma's for homemade tortillas.
He grew up loving to ride BMX bikes (& was pretty good at it), loved his cars & playing loud music. He loved spending time with his father, sons and his dogs. Eugene was a huge Dodger fan & tried to catch all the games. He loved to BBQ for his family. Eugene was the type of guy you never forget. Loved to make people laugh and was a great person to talk to. If you needed help he was there.
Eugene attended Wilson elementary, Adam's elementary, La Cumbre Junior High, 1 yr Bishop High and went on to get an AA at SBCC Culinary Arts/HRC program.
He started working in the kitchens, just like his dad, at 14 up until he was no longer able to. Among them are The University Club, UCSB Carrillo Dinning Commons, The Biltmore, El Encanto and Rosewood Miramar (even worked for 3mos on chemo). He loved to be in the kitchen amongst his people.
Eugene is survived by his wife Sofia, his sons, Marcelo (Sierra), Lucas and David. Brother Benny Garcia (Maria), sister Tillie Garcia, Max (dog), Finn (cat), and countless cousins, nieces, nephews & friends.
Eugene is preceded in death with his father Marcelo (2002), mother Fernanda Garcia (1982), brother Mitchell (Buster) Garcia (1988), Cali (dog) Holly (dog) Princess (dog).
There will be a viewing on November 7th 10-1PM, Rosary at 11:00AM at McDermott Crockett Mortuary 2020 Chapala St. A celebration of life BBQ will be follow at Manning Park #9 (YMCA side).