Thomas Dalton, 61, Santa Barbara, California

February 14, 2019 GMT

Thomas “Tom” William Dalton, 61, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at his home.

Tom was the second child of his late parents, Charles and Elizabeth Dalton of Pardeeville. His early life was spent on the family’s small dairy farm, alongside his brother, Dennis. Tom accepted Christ as his Lord and savior at an early age. He left the farm to attend Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to earn his doctorate of psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology on the Biola Campus in La Mirada, California, and began his career as a clinical psychologist. He later entered the field of education as a learning disabilities specialist and professor at Ventura Community College.


He met and married his wife, Karen, in Orange County. Shortly thereafter they moved to Santa Barbara where they have made their home for 33 years. They have one son, Aaron, now married to Tisha.

Tom enjoyed the outdoors. He and his son participated in many adventures with Boy Scouts of America Troop 26. He loved Christmas and was known by many as the “Christmas Light Guy.” He was always glad to be involved in a project that would benefit a friend, neighbor, or cause and was passionate about serving his students at VCC. His love for God was easily seen in his desire to listen, his humble demeanor, and his love and service towards others.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.