Edwin George Field of Santa Barbara, California, 91 years old, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2011, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara surrounded by loved ones. Predeceased by his parents, Edwin Donald (Hoolie) Field and Agnes Eugenia Moore, and his two younger brothers, Walter Eugene Field and... John Julius (Jack) Field, his baby sister, Diana (Field) Steele, resides in Arizona.
Ed leaves his loving wife, Jessie (Wilson), and their four children: Kathy Davis (Jim), Mike Field, Gary Field (Patti), and Nette Shumaker (Jon), along with eight grandchildren, Ed Field, Lena Williams, Josh Field, Robin Pacheco, Jim Davis, Travis Davis, Jessica Menefee, and Lea Montes; also leaving his nine great-grandchildren, Melissa, Christina, Beth, Jaylon, Jianna, Julian, Kylan, Jeremy, and Blake.
Ed worked at many ranches in the tri-counties in his youth and knew the country well. He and his brother Walt worked at the Polo Fields exercising the horses until he started with the US Forest Service. He rode his favorite horse, Don Juan, throughout the back country and later Jack joined him. Ed fought in World War II in the Army in the 97th AAA (Antiaircraft Artillery). He shared many stories of when he and his brothers, along with Armand and Toppy caroused the mountainsides (they called it running cattle) and hung out at the Blood Spit Saloon in Los Olivos. Ed patiently awaits to ride again with Armand Schmitter and Toppy Reece. Ed reluctantly left his favorite dog, Blue – don’t worry he will be fed and warm.
A fourth-generation silversmith, he shared his craftsmanship with his son, Gary, who carries on the Field tradition. Ed also apprenticed his granddaughter, Jessica Menefee, and nephew, Mark Shields. Young when he started in his grandfather’s shop, Ed became an adept silversmith under his grandfather’s instruction, who gave input until his death in 1954. At Fiesta, a big event in his family, they showed their wares and his Great-Grandfather’s saddle is in the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum. Many people visited Ed’s shop in Paradise Canyon where he was sure to show them his newest creation. He was loved by many, befriended by most, and known internationally as an expert silversmith.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at the Santa Ynez Museum & Carriage Historical Society located at 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA, on December 30, 2011, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please join his family in celebrating Ed’s life.
Fare thee well ol’ cowboy friend, we shall not cry, we know that you are smokin’ and up there riding high, keeping watch over those still here, and making sure we live without fear… Fare thee well ol’ cowboy friend, we’ll miss you bye and bye. unknown author
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the SY Museum and Carriage Historical Society, Mailing address: P.O. Box 181. Santa Ynez, CA 93460