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Brent Harrison Manchester – The Santa Barbara Independent

Brent Manchester passed away on April 28, 2024. He was always so full of energy and had a true love of life. He thoroughly enjoyed time with this family; his sons, Ryan and Adam and wife, Carla. He had a love of the water and swam and played water polo for Dos Pueblos High School from where he graduated in 1975. He became a certified Scuba diver at the age of 14. His love of water also led him to the Marine Tech program at City College to become a commercial diver. Due to the danger of that profession, he soon decided to continue his education at UC Santa Barbara, where he graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Economics. He decided to enter the family business, insurance. In order to learn the insurance business, he took a position at Liberty Mutual as an underwriter. Eventually, he joined his father at Manchester Insurance Agency and became the 7th generation in the insurance business in the Manchester family and a self-proclaimed “insurance geek.”

Brent and Carla were married in 1992, and welcomed their first son, Ryan in 1995, and second son, Adam, in 1997.

Brent was involved in every aspect of his boys’ lives. He made them breakfast every day for years, took them camping and fishing and, of course, taught them to swim and scuba dive. He was always on the sidelines at all the T-ball, baseball and soccer games when they were little. Then as they got older; Lacrosse, gymnastics, football, wrestling and pole vaulting! One of his favorite activities to do with the boys was clay target shooting. This introduced him to the Winchester Canyon Gun Club where he spent many hours volunteering and was a member of the Board of Directors. He also took up bird hunting (mostly quail) and adopted a beautiful bird dog, his beloved “Cash”, a Brittany.

Brent and his family traveled extensively, mostly via cruise ship. Some of the highlights of about 25 trips were Bermuda (honeymoon), Venice, Italy, St Petersburg, Russia, Fiji, Tunis, Tunisia, the Galapagos archipelago, and Andes mountains. Earlier this year Brent and Carla hiked 2000 feet to the top of Mt. Liamuiga Volcano on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean Sea.

Brent is survived by his wife Carla, sons Ryan and Adam, his sister Tracy Richardson (Mike), brother Craig Manchester, Carla’s sisters: Paula Gregoire-Jones (David), Laura Alarid (Joseph) and her brothers, Daniel Gregoire (Linda) and John Gregoire. Also, many nieces and nephews: Mikel, Nicole (Nick), Michelle, and Kyle (Kaylie), Sam (Evette), Rosemary, Jacob (Taylor), Katie (Anthony), Sarah (Seth), Daniel and James and nine great nieces and nephews: Roman, Cora, Selah, Sierra, Ellie, Wesley, Jude, Lael and Noah.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Bonnie Manchester.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Winchester Canyon Gun Club, wcgc.org

Please email [email protected] for memorial information.