In Passing: Richard Ray Easbey

By Margaret Easbey   |   August 23, 2022
Richard Ray Easbey

Richard Ray Easbey was born in Helena, Montana to his parents Jim and Doris on April 19, 1945. There he shared his childhood with his late brother, Jeffrey. Richard moved to the Los Angeles area in the early ‘70s to attend the Light and Powerhouse – a bible college. Soon after he moved to Goleta, California to join the Grace Catholic Church, which after a wonderful journey, became the St. Athanasius Orthodox Church community where he was ordained as a Deacon in 1987 and has been the spiritual, earthly home he loved for over 40 years. Richard created many leather goods including bibles, which are still treasured today. He worked for 7UP bottling company earning him memorable trips to France and the Caribbean for his success in sales. His career then changed to real estate which included investment properties as well as financing. He retired from a highly respected career in mortgage banking in 2012. He spent his later years traveling often, including multiple cruises and trips to various golf courses around the country with his family and friends. Because of his unwavering faith he was always up for a deep theological discussion. He enjoyed playing and listening to music, and was continually attempting to solve the problems of the world. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, June Boettner Easbey. He loved and took very much pride in his eight children and their spouses: Joanne (Verne) Gish, Robert Todd, Kristi (Doug) King, Dorian (Tim) Florez, Katherine (Hani) AbuGhazaleh, Sylvia (Josh) Porta, Michael (Margaret) Easbey, and Elizabeth (John) Heiduk. He was blessed with 19 grandchildren with one on the way and four great grandchildren with one more on the way, as well. Dn. Richard was blessed with a painless and peaceful passing on August 6th.

We ask for continued prayers for his soul and those of us who miss him deeply and look forward to seeing him again.

Funeral services were held on August 9, 2022.

In lieu of flowers Richard’s family respectfully requests donations be made to St. Athanasius Orthodox Church Pastor’s Benevolence fund or the Howard Shannon Memorial Golf Tournament. Information for both can be found at  


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