Lynne Carpenter Martyniuk tribute page
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For Lynne's husband Paul Martyniuk, their children Sydney, Shayne and Jason and Lynne & Paul's families,

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Lynne I still think about you and pray or your family
- Melinda (Mindy) Smith, 4/23/2015 10:19:42 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter! My first husband died several years ago of Leukemia!
My second husband has had a lot of health problems and we moved to a lower altitude, so, we are living in Georgetown, Texas 78633 at 306 Cathedral Mtn. Pass
I sure would love to know where you are living now
Please let me know how you are doing!!??
- Julie Lester Andrews, 11/13/2014 10:32:26 AM

Dear Lynne - It was 5 years today I woke up the moment it happened and didn't know why but maybe that was your way of saying goodbye. There has been an irreplaceable hole in my heart that no band aid or hug can heal. I never got the chance to say goodbye to you, to let you know one last time how much you mean to me and how much you are loved. Not a day goes by that I do not miss you, your smile, your compassion and your heart. Your beautiful children are your legacy, your loved ones and friends we are your light. May you rest knowing you made a difference in all of our lives and continue to do so today. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

- Joy Brown, 4/4/2014 8:00:27 AM
I did not get to know you personally, but I have learned the love you exhibited by teaching your children. Beauty and love fill my class room as they enter and I am thankful to have been a part of their lives.
- Kareem Battle, 3/11/2014 5:24:53 PM
Souls that have touched before will touch again on another shore
To know where they’ve been and where they’re to go
When the time is right and Spring comes from snow
But for now . . . just a glance a smile . . . to know
You are loved forever in a magic glow
Love, the greatest of all . . . surrounds you, how can you fall
For nothing ends . . . it just again begins
Soon - - to understand your soul must soar
To meet again - - on another shore
by Rexino Mondo (Rex Phillips) of Solvang
- Rex Phillips, 12/16/2012 12:14:33 AM
I am so sorry for your loss.
- melinda (mindy) smith, 7/4/2012 7:34:30 AM
Dear Paul,

Just happened across this news today, and terribly saddened to read of yours, and your beautiful children’s loss. There’s nothing more tragic, and my deepest heartfelt condolences are with you and your kids.

I’m speechless, and can’t add anything that hasn’t already been written far better that I could... but just wanted to add if you guys are ever looking for an excuse to come to Australia we’d love to have you!

Take care Paul, and warmest wishes to you and your kids,

- Robert Gallup, 6/9/2012 7:20:44 PM
Sad that the webmaster of this page hasn't posted anything sent to it in almost two years. Thinking of you and hope you've found your peace...
- rainbow, 4/3/2012 8:52:03 PM
I miss you Lynne, how you took my girls into your heart and went so often when you had time to drive up to Los Osos and see them and take them for a ice cream. So many times since you have been gone have they reminisced about all those times they say you came up. They were so glad to see you; I love you Lynne more than you will ever know - I hope to see you one day as I stand before Jesus and you will see me and call out my name. I love Sydney, she will be 16 in a month and I will try and stay connected to you kids as you did mine. Love to you always, forever and one day.

- Auntie S, 8/25/2011 3:48:19 PM
Paul, Sydney, Shanyne, Jason,
I love you all so much. Syd we have been best friends since preschool, and always will be <3. I was just thinking about your Mom today, I can not believe that it has been two years already. I miss her so much, she was a second mom to me. It is still so hard for me to believe that we were both sitting here in my room two years ago exactly, when we found out the news. I only remember her as always being so happy, such a cheerful person! She really loved you guys, and always made me feel like i was part of your family too. I miss blasting Gwen Stefani in your moms mini van, and singing "SHAYNE IS BANANAS" because we didn't want here to know the real lyrics. We always had a good time when your mom was there. Love you all so much. Your always in my thoughts and prayers.
- Jade Perkins, 4/4/2011 10:02:05 PM
On this day and every day, we miss you.
- Anonymous, 4/4/2011 8:06:37 PM
Can't believe it's been two years :{ Thinking of you..
- Anonymous, 4/4/2011 11:16:51 AM
Hi Paul, Sydney, Shayne and Jason:
I was in Girl Schools with Lynne and went to Cold Spring School with her. She was a such a playful spirit, fun, goofy and caring. She laughed and made us laugh so often. She gave my father a lot of ribbing on our girl scout camping trips and was one of the few kids willing to spar with him. Lynne was a carefully crafted person and very appreciated. Even as a kid she stood out. My thoughts are with you.
- Jen Merovick, 5/10/2010 11:25:25 AM
It has been a year and i still miss your laugh and all the funny stories you would tell me about your children. I miss you Lynne
- Ana, 4/6/2010 10:15:53 PM
Thinking of you today and always-----
- Friend, 4/5/2010 1:25:40 AM
Dear Paul and Family,
Thinking of you today and hoping you are well. Wishing you all the best as you move forward today and everyday. As always, remembering her smile and all its warmth. Be well.

- Keith LaCabe, 4/4/2010 10:48:42 PM
Dear Paul,
I moved back to Santa Barbara about a month ago. I was rehired back at Cottage after being away for six years. I had been wanting to go up to 4S, and say hello to Lynne. We worked together on 4S for almost ten years-give or take. Anyhow, about two nights ago, I headed up to the floor asking if Lynne was still working the day shift. To my devistation, I learned of her passing. I know that time has probably allowed you to somehow grasp the thought that she is gone. I do apologize, but words can not express how I feel right now. I'm in shock. Lynne and I got along so well, and I use to tell her how obnoxiously funny she was. I would think it, Lynne would say it! On a serious note Paul, my heart is broken, as I know yours is too. The last I saw of Lynne was when she had your son Jason. He was about one or so. I drove away from the hospital with the sound of Lynne's laugh in my ear. She was a funny and kind person. She and I shared a lot of personal things. One thing I do know, is that Lynne loved you Paul, as well as the kids. I remember going over to you all's home and picking up a little tikes play toy that Lynne had given my son Brandon. I often wonder if I only had made it back to SB six months earlier, could I have in some way have helped her. One will never know. Sometimes Paul, friends don't know exactly what to say, but know matter what, love those precious little gems, Sydney,Shayne, and Jason. I know Lynne and I would talk about her family a lot. I hope that her sister Teri,her brother, mom and dad are hanging in there. I truly loved Lynne as a friend and fellow coworker, and was so sad to hear of her death. Please, if you feel up to it, I would love to hear how the kids are doing, as well as yourself. Sometimes when you spend so much time working with someone, we feel like we already know you. That's all Lynne ever really talked about. Home life and the kids. Take care of your family, and once again, so very sorry to get such tragic news. Not a good week at all. If you feel up to it, have a family member email me at to let me know how the kids are and the rest of the family. Rev 21:3,4. Best-
- Anishka Kelley, 10/15/2009 11:51:46 AM
Dear Paul I had never met you but I knew Lynn when her and I worked together at Mcdonald's I remember a bunch of us going to Disneyland and Lynn getting lost from the group and how terrified she was. I am so sorry to hear about you and the kids lost. Its was very sad to hear about it So From my family here in Texas top yours in California God Bless.

Paul J. Gallegos
- Paul J Gallegos, 6/18/2009 11:46:23 AM
Happy Birthday Lynne :)
- Ana, 6/5/2009 9:34:30 AM
Thank you for calling us and letting us know about what happened to Lynne. To repeat so many others, we were utterly shocked. We are sad that we didnt get the chance to show our support to you and your family, and say goodbye to Lynne. If we had known about the service we would have done anything we could to be there for you.
I am sad for your family to have to lose out on so many memories that should have been. I'm sure you are adjusting to being a single father, and that you are getting all the help you need. If you ever need to get "away" we would love for you to come up the hill and enjoy with us the beautiful backyard you helped create. Take care and know that we are here for you, and yes Chris always has a cold beer for you.
- The Dallenbach's, 5/27/2009 9:38:12 PM
Dear Paul and Family,
I, too, was in the class of 1981 and knew Lynne and yourself. Please accept my sincere sympathy - I cannot even imagine what you are going through. We are all still so young and Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to raise a family as we were all fortunate to experience and I am positive you and Lynne are passing those values onto your own.
My prayers are with you and yours.
Amy (Harris) Hogan
- Amy (Harris) Hogan, 5/4/2009 1:51:35 PM
Dear Sydney, Shayne, Jason and Paul,

I just want to let you know that I feel honored to have called Lynne my friend. She was a great role model to my daughter, Jamie and a dedicated Mom to he kids. I met Lynne when Sydney and Jamie started in Kinderrgarten and we became friends. Lynne was the first to encourage me when we decided to move to Maui to be closer to my Family. She helped pack our house and helped in several garage sales. When we Moved to Maui Lynne and the girls were some of our first house guests. We had so much fun in paradise. We love you so much Sydney,Shayne, Jason and Paul. Aloha, Lynne, my Soul Sister, we will see you in another paradise. Much Aloha from your Ohana in Maui
- Heather Long, 4/30/2009 3:14:27 PM
Sydney, Shayne, Jason and Paul,

Hi, it's Jamie Long from Maui and I've been Sydney's best friend since Kinderrgardan when Lynne was pregnant with Jason. When I heard about Lynne's passing I was shocked and sad for the Family. Lynne and the girls came to visit my Family and new home in Maui and we had so much fun during their visit. Lynne was always joyful and kind and I looked up to her. I love you Sydney and Family and my thoughts are with you. Love, Jamie Long
- Jamie Long, 4/27/2009 12:13:07 AM
Hey Paul - that was a beautiful service for Lynne - most beautiful to see how many people love you all and to witness what an extensive suppport system you will always have. I too am only a phone call away! 962-9317! I am so happy that I had the priviledge a few years back of dancing with your fun children at Cliff Dr. : ) Much, much love to you all.
- Alison Ehlen-Galindo, 4/24/2009 5:06:24 PM
I love Lynne, one of the best friends anyone could ask for! We were born in the same year of 1963 and grew up in the same neighborhood. We went to kindergarden together, after that she stayed on at Cold Springs and went to Mount Carmel. We had always stayed in touch, until we got older. Montecito was a safe place where we could ride bikes to school and everyone knew everyone in town. Life was so eazy and simple then. We lost contact in our 30's but found myself in my 40's having the best friends that one could ask for(Paul, Lynne, Sydney, Shayne and Jason). If I could be half the Parent Lynne was, I would be stoked. Lynee was a God send, not only a incredible parent, but a devoted wife and a amazing Nurse. Honest and ture to everyone who knew her. It seems like just yesterday , I was in the presents or a wonderful friend. Her contagious laugh and sence of humor will live on through her kids. We had many long killer talks of how we missed the old Montecito. When life was so simple and we were all having the time of our lives. I am so glad I got to reconnect with her later in life and spend wonderful days with your family and mine. I will also remember the good times, that were spent with Paul, Sydney, Shayne, Jason and of course Lynne. I love you all!!! look forward to us, sunny days by the pool the lake this summer.
- Philip Marcel Manset and Family ( Polly,Joshua and Savannah), 4/23/2009 10:02:28 PM
Paul, we send our love to you, your kids, and your family. Lynne was such a great person and I will never forget her warm friendly smile, her adventurous fun loving attitude, and her kindness toward everyone. It seems like yesterday that we were comparing pregnant bellies, both so excited about becoming moms! The years pass so quickly, and time gets away. We never see each other as much as we like, yet still remain connected through our shared past...all of the fun times in high school and beyond! Lynne was a wonderful person. She was an amazing mom, and a cherished friend. We will always miss her, but she will live on in our hearts and minds. She will be with us when we go running, hiking or exploring...when we laugh, and when we cry. Lynne is a part of all her knew her. Her smile and her kindness touched so many lives! Know that we love and are here for you!
- Stephanie Haynes and the HaynesCarstens Family (Julius, Dylan and Haley), 4/22/2009 10:14:27 AM
Dear Paul and family,

It has been two weeks now and I still can't grasp this new reality. Lynne and I met in elementary school and, although we were a grade apart, our lives kept intersecting. In our early years, we were in Girl Scouts together and went camping and took trips to the snow. In our early teens, Lynne's dad was at our house almost daily as he built my grandfather's new home, and in high school I would see her olive and gold form running all over town. Then it was off to college and we drifted apart.

When I returned to Santa Barbara in the late 1990's, Lynne was one of the first people I ran into. She immediatly made me feel happy. Her warm, sunny personality was just a gift to be around. To be with Lynne was a cause for celebration. Weather it was having a margarita at Fiesta, swimming with the kids at Westmont pool or just taking a hike, she made me feel happy and grounded.

It is hard for me to put into words just how sad I feel at the loss of Lynne. In life, there are so many things that are not fun about getting old. We get grey hairs, we feel more aches and pains and we realize that we may have already passed our prime. But, for me, one of the great joys of getting older has been the pleasure of knowing and having old friends. Lynne was an amazing wife, mother and nurse. But, in addition to that, she was a great friend. But when you add 'history' to a friendship, something magical happens. I've been in the house she grew up in and she has been in mine. I can tell you the color of the station wagon her mom drove when we were kids and she knows that my dad was 'the' Fuller Brush Man when we were growing up. When we would talk about sibling relationships we knew that we both understood each other because, after all, I knew her sibblings and she knew mine. These things may not seem important on the surface, but there is something about being able to share these memories that is irreplaceable. I just can't believe that we will never have a conversation about these things again. There is now a hole in my heart that will never be filled. I just feel blessed to have had her as a friend.
- Patricia Natale Noormand, 4/21/2009 10:55:24 AM
My son Cody has gone to school with Sydney since 1st grade at Washington and I have had the pleasure of meeting Lynne at various functions. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the whole family. I know this is a difficult time and right now it is hard to process, but I hope for a brighter tomorrow for all of you.
- April Henderson, 4/21/2009 9:16:00 AM
My favorite memories of Lynne: running track at SBHS in the late afternoons - the sound of familiar voices floating around the lawn (I could often hear her laughing off in the distance), each person practicing their own events and techniques; Trick-or-Treating with her up by the SB Mission - she didn't care that I thought we were "too old" - she just said "let's go!" I was new to SBHS that year and Lynne just stepped-up and included me at lunch, on the field and during those weird moments after class when you're the new kid and don't know what to say to anyone. I remember her smile and how she put me at ease, right from the start. When she said "yes" to Paul, I was pretty psyched for both of them. Such a graceful soul
- Brian Hillyer, 4/20/2009 9:39:57 PM
Dear Paul and family,
Hard to express the words when you lose a friend. Lynne was there at my brother's memorial service Kevin Smith who graduated in 1979 from SBHS. He passed away 4 yrs ago. I remember Lynne when she came to my new home the first day we were moving in a couple of houses away and that day we started a beautiful friendship all thru SBJH and SBHS. wish i was around her more often after we graduated. I remember double dating with her at the prom. We had a great time. We loved hanging out at westmont college during the summers and play raquetball, put exlax in brownies for our friends at the dorm *they paid us back*, swimming, playing tennis, and just goofing off. I miss you lynne but i know you are smiling down at us and laughing at the memories we are all expressing that we had with you. Paul if you need anything, Vicky Handy knows where i am. Teri, Kurt and Joyce if you need anything please get a hold of Vicky and she will contact me. We work in the same building. Love you Lynne, will miss you deeply. Your all in my thoughts and prayers. we will all meet again and begin new memories.

- Jennifer P. Smith, 4/20/2009 1:27:04 PM
Dear Paul- Although I haven't seen you or Lynne much since our SBHS days I want to send along my condolences. I imagine that anyone who has lost a family member would agree that talking often of your loved one and leaning on your friends and family at this time are important. I hope you find the strength and courage to do both. You and your beautiful children are in my thoughts.

- Sarah Greer Bertasi, 4/20/2009 5:21:01 AM
Paul, It has been a few years since I have seen all these names together in one place. I knew Lynne, and you, I did not know that you were blessed with a wonderful marriage to Lynne, and 3 beautiful children.
My thoughts and prayers are with yours and the Carpenter family, such a great loss.
She will always be with you, watching over, from a better place than this world. I do remember what a nice girl she was, and now she is that same wonderful girl, in Heaven, your family's guardian angel.
My father passed away last December, and a mutual friend of ours, Erwin Green, came to his funeral, we all used to surf together, and hang out, when you weren't at H2O Polo practice. I will contact him, as I am sure he will wish to pay his respects.
Again, my prayers are with your families.
- Bob Blakley, 4/17/2009 3:50:45 PM
Paul, Looking at the pictures of Lynne and all the happy times makes me glad to know that you can keep those memories close to your heart. My prayers for strength and forgiveness go out to you and your children. I am truly sorry for your loss.
- Sandra (Lewis) Berry, 4/17/2009 12:57:05 PM
I worked with Lynne for many years, she was one of a kind and always made us laugh, she always put her patients first, and thats what I loved about her, her caring for them...she will be missed grately in our hearts,

- Erica Garcia, 4/17/2009 10:20:54 AM
My favorite memories of Lynne: running track at SBHS in the late afternoons - the sound of familiar voices floating around the lawn (I could often hear her laughing off in the distance), each person practicing their own events and techniques; Trick-or-Treating with her up by the SB Mission - she didn't care that I thought we were "too old" - she just said "let's go!" I was new to SBHS that year and Lynne just stepped-up and included me at lunch, on the field and during those weird moments after class when you're the new kid and don't know what to say to anyone. I remember her smile and how she put me at ease, right from the start. When she said "yes" to Paul, I was pretty psyched for both of them. Such a graceful soul.
- Friend, 4/16/2009 8:46:23 PM
Dear Paul and precious children....
this is heartbreaking---- I am deeply saddened by the loss of beautiful Lynn. I was one Sydney's (she was my favorite) teachers at Cottages employee sponsered child care center- it seems like yesterday, and a friend of Lynns through working at the hospital as an RN.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Jean Aasted, 4/16/2009 8:36:33 PM
Dear All,
We started our lives together at Cold Spring School under the careful eye of Mrs. Webber. Lynne was always cheerful and smiling from beneath her whispy blonde hair. The years passed, we graduated Jr. High and High School together; never forgetting the past we shared on the play grounds of that funny little school, framed by the sage covered mountains, at Cold Spring Road. We grew to adults, fell in love with our respective partners and started our own families, drifting ever so slightly apart.

Years passed. I walked down the corridor at Cottage Hospital. My eldest brother lay dying from the ravages of diabetes; the face I saw, the smile I was greeted with and the warm embrace I received was from one of my oldest friends, Lynne Carpenter-Martynuik. She was on his floor, she was tending to him; if I ever doubted that angels are here on earth, I wondered no more. A small circle had been made complete.

Never pretending to understand the things I have no control of, I still wish Lynne was here to share in our futures. I, like all of you, will deeply, deeply miss her. Her grace, her compassion and her spirit will live on in our hearts and memories. I grieve with you and wish the best for those that survive Lynne. This wound will never fully heal- and it that lies the memories that should never fade.

If there is anything our family can do, please do not hesitate to ask.
- Keith LaCabe, 4/16/2009 12:29:11 PM
To Lynne's family and friends:
Finding the right words seems so hard right now. So I felt that sharing a few memories and what Lynne meant to me was the best way for me to express my sadness in her loss but my joy in her memory. I met Lynne in 1968 on the first day of Kindergarten. During our time at Cold Springs Elementary she became one of my closest friends. Her mother and I spoke at the memorial about how I was either at their house or Lynne was at mine or on our bikes somewhere in between. My father used to take us to the beach and I used to bug him to take us to Magic Mountain, we went so many times it was like we lived there. It was a wonderful childhood to have Lynne as a friend.

Lynne and I didn't ever have a class together in Junior High or at SBHS but we always stayed distant friends, always saying "hi" when we ran into each other. In the late 80's I ran into Lynne at La Cumbre Plaza. We talked so long that we both ended up being late for wherever we were supposed to be but we had a blast catching up. I was told that Lynne even visited me when I was in the recovery room from a procedure at Cottage Hospital. I guess we had a great talk that I don't remember due to anesthesia wearing off. Just the fact that she took the time to come in and see me shows the kind of person Lynne was. I have no idea how she even knew I was there.

Lynne was also one of the reasons I have attended every SBHS reunion. I always felt the need to say Hi to my childhood best friend. Outside of reunions I only saw her a few times in the last few years. The most memorable was when I met her and Patricia (Natale) at Cold Springs. They let their kids play while we talked about old times and old friends (gossip really). Her kindness, humor and sarcastic wit were all in full swing. Even the reason we were there was a kind gesture on her part. She had heard I was trying to track down old Cold Spring class photos, as mine all burned in the sycamore fire. Lynne had found her copies at her mothers and was bringing them so I could scan them and make copies. It was great to see that Kindergarten photo for the first time in almost 30 years. Not long after that, at the SBHS 25th Reunion, five of us from those old Cold Spring Days (Craig Peterson, Keith Lacabe, Nancy Natale, Lynne and Myself) got lucky enough to be in one last photo together. Sadly that was the last time I saw her.

Lynne made everyone’s life a little brighter. She will be missed more than I express with words.

- John Wardlaw, 4/16/2009 9:25:47 AM
Dear Paul & Family,
I don't seem to have the right words to express my condolences. I just keep thinking of what an amazing and sweet girl I had fun running with at SBHS. And over the years, everytime I'd see her around town she was always so friendly with that same darling smile. Lynne really made everything look easy with her cheerful disposition. It hurts so much because her time here was too short. I just don't understand but God obviously needed Lynne and had something special in mind for her. Know that all of your friends and family are praying and thinking of you and your children everyday. Lynne will always be in my heart.
- Lisa (Vega) Renga, 4/16/2009 1:21:12 AM
As an old high school friend of Lynne's brother, I just wanted to tell both families that you are in my thoughts and prayers. No family should have to experience such a tragedy. It looks like she was a beautiful person!
- Monica '85, 4/15/2009 9:35:19 PM
Paul: Thinking of you and your family during this time.
- Kevin Hillyer '83, 4/15/2009 2:40:38 PM
Paul and Family - My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my father at the age of 15, and know first hand the trials and tribulations that you are in for as single father raising three beautiful children. Make sure to keep her alive in your memories and she will be with you always. Find strength in each other, and don't be afraid to lean on those that are close to you...they will be your greatest salvation. It never gets easier ... but time will heal some of your sorrow. Take care - we are all thinking of you
- Janet (Alderman) Zahuta , 4/15/2009 9:53:41 AM
Joyce and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. our thoughts are with you.
May memories and love comfort your heart with gentle warmth.

- Grace and Bart Cubbage, 4/15/2009 9:02:29 AM
Hi everyone,
Although I didn't know Lynne well, I definitely knew about her thanks to friends who were ran track with her or otherwise knew her. It's obvious that the Lynne in high school carried on into adulthood - and we all will miss her. I'm so sorry for your loss and all of you will be in my thoughts & prayers.
- Nancy (D'Amato) Gomez, 4/15/2009 7:14:39 AM

I have been thinking about you, Lynne and your kids so much lately! As we all know, she was a wonderful mother, nurse, friend, and person and will be sorely missed by many. I still remember the night you proposed at the party! Keep the fond memories in your heart and mind as you and your children work your way through this. Know that your friends and community are here when you need them.
- Helen Murdoch, 4/15/2009 7:13:58 AM
Hi Paul, Sydney, Shayne and Jason,
I've known Lynne since we were in first grade at Cold Spring school. She was such a little ball of light, making our wonderful Girl Scout trips more fun with her infectious laughter. When I was at Cottage Hospital years later, she was my nurse for a shift and she was simply wonderful. It wasn't just that I had known her forever - she was so conscientious, warm, knowledgeable, and just overall great at her profession.
I am so very sorry for your loss. There have been some wonderful posts on this page, so I won't try in my own clumsy way to say anything other than I am thinking and praying for all of you.
- Susan O'Connor, 4/15/2009 5:41:13 AM
Hey Paul: So very saddened to read of your lovely wife's passing. Your beautiful children will help you as you help them. What wonderful experiences the pictures show. I recall you (from outrigger) as a strong (and funny) guy and I know you will get through this. I know your family will surround you with love. My best to you.
- Ginger Van Wagner, 4/14/2009 11:46:02 PM
Hey Paul,

Three things I have been working on lately after the unexpected loss of a loved one:

1. Acceptance
2. Forgiveness
3. Love

take care brother!
- Rick Cipes, 4/14/2009 10:12:38 PM
Dear Family,
May God bless you all and give you peace in your hearts. I'm very sorry for your loss.

- Francisca Ramirez and Fam., 4/14/2009 2:33:57 PM
Paul, Sydney, Shayne, and Jason: It's very sad to see Lynne go. We must try to keep going in the spirit of what she loved most. She will be part of you forever and you will get through this. She would not want you to suffer. She loved you more than anything and is with you now. Look for signs. She is everywhere that you are. The extra energy you will now be giving each other will make this world a better place. For awhile this will be the most shocking and difficult physical thing one can ever contend with - and then it absorbs into us and we go on with it -- and with her. She is not lost. Say her name often. Talk about her. Laugh about her. She still loves you. Love, Merf
- Meredith Brace, 4/14/2009 9:57:33 AM
Dear Paul & Family,

I am deeply saddened by your loss. I can remember Lynne from SBHS and she was such a nice kind person easy to talk to. I will keep your family in my prayers. Lynne is now an angel watching over all of us.
- Gina (Tatum) Pleasant, 4/14/2009 6:22:35 AM
Paul and the Kids,
I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your children. I was on the track team w/ Lynn back in '80( I was a SR. that yr.) and remember that gutsy, thin runner who had the heart of a lioness! I just heard this past weekend and I was shocked.... I will pray that Jesus will strengthen and heal you & your beautiful children, every single day of your lives and fill that void that only He can. Only Jesus can carry your unbelievable heartache and sorrow with you, so please call on Him when we all fail around you. God will protect and guide you and your family through this crazy thing we call "Life". Trust in that. Know that a Homie from the "Mesa" is praying for you and the kids daily.
- Anthony Prieto-Class of '80, 4/14/2009 4:42:31 AM
Dear Paul,
It has been so many years since I've seen you and Lynne. I will hold tightly to my fond and happy memories of her from more innocent days. And I will take some small solace in knowing from all the wonderful thoughts here that she lived a good life and was well loved. I hope you and your children can soon find peace. And know that Lynne is surrounded now by everlasting love.
- Rufus Jeffris, 4/13/2009 6:06:56 PM
Dear Paul,
I chose to stay in Santa Barbara and raise my family as you and Lynne did. I crossed paths with Lynne on several occassions and it was always so nice chatting with her and catching up on all the latest about people we knew. Lynne was always so friendly and whenever I ran in to her it always felt like it was just yesterday that we were in school together. I cannot even begin to convey how sorry I am for your terrible loss. My heart goes out to you and your children. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Marina (Torres) Gross, 4/13/2009 5:40:29 PM
Dear Paul,

It is so difficult to find words to express my deep sadness for your loss. Lynn was the kind of person you meet in life that changes you for ever. She touched my life with her determination, strength and kindness. Because I have known Lynn I am a more dedicated runner and more importantly a more dedicated wife and mother.

My heart goes out to you and know that I would like to help in any way I can.

- Martee Molnar-Andresen, 4/13/2009 3:58:46 PM
Dear Paul and Jim,
Tom and Gail Murray, III send our deepest condolences. Love, Tom and Gail-
- Tom & Gail Murray, III, 4/13/2009 1:20:46 PM
Paul, My heart goes out to you and your children. Lynne your spirit, made those crowded bus rides to a track event or field trip to the Eastern Sierras a blast!!! And I believe everyone you have touched feels, that bus ride will always carry your great smile.
- Tony Leon (1981), 4/13/2009 12:37:38 PM
Paul and family,
Please know that my heart is with you and your family at this. Despite the 30 something years (wow, 30 years!!!) that have flown by since we last communicated we always have that Santa Barbara connection. Give the kids a hug every day.
- Carolyne Calvin, 4/13/2009 12:13:39 PM

Although it's been years since I've seen either of you, I was shocked and very saddened when I heard the news about Lynne. Seeing familiar names here in support, though separated by distance and time, point to just how special a person Lynne was; she will be missed by many. I will always remember her as that spunky, talented, track and field athlete.

You both, as well as your families, are in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care,
- Leo Versola (Class of '81), 4/13/2009 10:57:47 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Lynne's death. I first met Lynne when we were both working at the Montecito Y in the 80's. I enjoyed her then and was thrilled to meet up with her again when she married you, Paul. Please know the boys and I hold you all close in our hearts.
- Abby Burnett (Nighman), 4/13/2009 10:53:57 AM
I was so deeply saddened to get an email this morning to hear of your loss Paul. It has been many years since we have been in contact Paul, but a friendship never passes! My prayers go out to you and your family Paul, god bless!
Lance Batsford
Class of 1981
- Lance Batsford, 4/13/2009 10:11:11 AM
Dearest Paul and family....

Although it has been years since we have graduated from SBHS, I can still distinctly remember Lynne's giggle. Her smile could light up any room. She was a blessing to so many people and she will be missed...but never forgotten. I know we will all keep Lynne's memory alive.

I know this is a tough time, but please know that WE are all here for you. And take comfort in knowing that Lynne is surrounded by an abundance of love and angels.
- Frances Calvin (Class of '81), 4/13/2009 9:29:38 AM
God Bless your family.
- Steve Torres, 4/13/2009 7:53:26 AM
My friendship with Lynne started on a ski trip through City College in our late teens and continued throughout her marriage and the birth of Syd, Shayne, and Jason. That connection is something I will always cherish and treasure. Of course the hectic pace of life, distance in geography and work and kids interfered with the frequency we'd get together later on, but she was one of those friends that didn't just come and go. With her it was one of those friendships that just "stuck" and even if we didn't talk for a while, I knew it would always pick up where it left off because that's how she was....a keeper.

I'll always remember the day we went skiing at Baldy then bailed 'cuz it was so cold and windy. We cruised down to Palm Springs with just the ski clothes on our backs and found $450.00 in $20.00s and $50.00s in some bushes at a hotel where my parents were staying. Being giddy 20 year olds, we promptly blew our new fortune on dinner, clothes and a hotel room. Even recently, she told me she still had the hat she bought with that windfall. Then there was the time that we crooned "Please Celebrate me Home" to Kenny Loggins when he made the mistake of sitting in front of us at the movies.

I never saw such a cool mom...How many moms can ride a unicycle? Treats the kids to waffle cones AND fries? ...only once that I saw, though, not a frequent event. We went hiking when she was 5 months pregnant with Shayne while I pushed Syd in a jogger. When I visited her the day Jason was born, she was so calm, cool and collected, you'd never know she'd just given for the fact she was holding a baby and was in a hospital.

She saw me through some tough times in my life and I am forever grateful for her friendship, loyalty, wisdom, insight, sense of humor and of course that candor of hers. Fast forward to present day and I wish she knew how much she had going for her, how much she was loved, was a little less selfless and allowed the right help through. Thank you, Lynne for being my dear friend.
- Sue*, 4/12/2009 11:49:23 PM
I worked with Lynne on 4south and was honored to have her as a coworker. She gave 100% of herself and will be missed. I will keep the Martyniuk family in my heart and prayers. God bless
- Lisa H, 4/12/2009 10:54:26 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Lynne's passing. Paul, Syndney, Shayne and Jason my heart goes out to you. Time will heal the hurt, but never forget what her life brought to all of you--she made you what you are! Keep her alive with your memories and she will be with you always =)
- E. Chris Latta, 4/12/2009 8:57:34 PM
Lynne was one of those individuals that I respected and in whom I found honor. We didn't share the same circles since we were in different grades, but she was definitely someone who made a lasting impression through her athletic talent and her all-around congenial nature. She carried a torch for me as she was a role model when I embarked in track & field that year.
May God's love be with Paul, their children and Lynne's parents during the healing of their hearts.
And may her memory be held closely forever.
- Claudia Ramstrum, Class of '83, 4/12/2009 8:25:17 PM
Paul, Debbie and I were saddened to hear about Lynne's passing. Lynne obviously touched all that she knew. Gather strength from your family and faith. The news of Lynne's passing traveled quickly through the community and the class of '81 a tribute of sorts to the impact that Lynne had on the people she knew.
- Mario Furnari, 4/12/2009 8:24:39 PM
Dear Paul & Family~ Lynne was a beautiful and talented woman. I choose to remember how she lived. When my mom had surgery last year, Lynne took such good care of her. Lynne was laughing and cracking jokes and talking about how she still liked to run. I told her she had the greatest legs at the reunion!! There is a large community of friends to support you and we are all here for you. I pray that your memories of Lynne keep you strong and I pray Lynne has found peace.
- Jules Tritschler, 4/12/2009 2:22:00 PM
Teri, Joyce, Curt : I'm really so for ur loss I remember are high school days and hanging around ur home Lynn was truely a wonderful person , she will be missed by many , and to Lynn's husband and children I wish u all the best remember the good times the laughs and take one day at a time !
- Rema Rainsford, 4/12/2009 10:02:03 AM
It was impossible, back in high school, to not know who Lynne was and admire her astonishing athleticism. As someone who only knew her then, I nonetheless remember her very well. Looking at these wonderful pictures here, it is obvious that she packed her too-short life with much love.
- Friend, 4/12/2009 9:00:10 AM
so sorry,you helped so many.
- Melinda (mindy) Smith, 4/12/2009 12:14:58 AM
Dear Paul, Syd, Shayne & Jason,

What a beautiful service yesterday, so befitting a beautiful human being.

As shocking and tragic as this death has been – leaving us all bruised and struggling to comprehend – I want to honor Lynne by remembering her as she lived, not as she died. She was a bright bright soul, rich in happiness and laughter, caring and friendship, loyalty and love. Like everyone who knew Lynne in school, I was impressed by her earnest optimism, her work ethic and athletic talents. I came to appreciate her even more when she married my best friend, making him happy, working together on their dreams and filling their home with beautiful children.

I am saddened most by the incompleteness of this story, the interrupted arc of her life – so much left unsaid or unfinished. More than anything, I would like the chance to thank her. Just to thank her. I am grateful to have known her and to have shared in this journey a while with her. She enriched us all. I hope she never doubted that.

I don't really know what else to write. There are no words that can sum up a life. It is only honored as it is remembered by those who loved and watched and shared in the living. Those who knew Lynne are now entrusted with the enduring remembrance of her life. That there are so many people so greatly moved by her passing is testament, to me, that Lynne will be well-remembered and never wholly lost to us. Perhaps we can find some peace there.

My family and I are here for anything you need.

- Brian Johnston, 4/11/2009 9:51:43 PM
Paul, I remember playing with Lynne on front of Johnnie and Hoppys fireplace, when she was about 1 year old. She was my Second cousin. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you,Debbie French (Bartosiewski)
- Deborah French, 4/11/2009 8:49:12 PM
Paul, I am so sorry about Lynne. I remember her at Santa Barbara High School. She was so ebullient and full of life. Your children are beautiful and will sustain you through this. They will need you, and are undoubtedly full of hope and life as they look to you for direction and love. Take care of them, and know that so many of us reach out to you in love and caring. We all have you in our thoughts and prayers. Bless you and your children. Be well.
- Mimi Fickert Hall, 4/11/2009 8:20:50 PM
Dear Paul,

I knew Lynn from SBHS. I remember Lynn as a happy person. We actually met later in Life when my father was undergoing surgery. I walked into the room and here was this tall blond hair girl saying to me "Your John Molony do you remember me?" Oh! its Lynn Carpenter! You are taking care of my Dad?! She spent time with my dad and helped with his recovery. I never forgot that moment, somehow I felt since Lynn was there he was in good hands. She lifted my dads spirits when he needed it most, and I never forgot that.
My heart goes out to you and family.

- John Molony, 4/11/2009 5:46:01 PM
Paul, I am so, so sorry about your loss and we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. You have beautiful children and I hope that they will help you get through this. Our thoughts are with you.
- Leilani Latimer, 4/11/2009 4:27:28 PM
Paul, Lynne stills lives on in flesh through your children. I'm so sorry about your loss. I will always remember Lynne running in Peabody stadium and her spirit will always be there. Let me know if you need any moral support. God bless you and your family.
- Bruce Koehler, class of 81, 4/11/2009 4:04:56 PM
Paul, I'm so sorry for your loss. I ran track with Lynne at SBHS, and I was always impressed by what a great runner she was -- she was a motivation. My prayers are with you and your children.
- Alice (Pincock) Peterson, 4/11/2009 3:07:21 PM
Paul: We've been through a lot together, man. Fourteen years ago, you and Lynne came to Vegas for my wedding. I still remember a year later when you called me at 6 a.m. to tell me Sydney had arrived and Lynne had just made you a father. I remember like it was yesterday -- you knew I was awake and "had to tell someone!" I could feel your energy through the phone. ... and I remember last Saturday, when you called me and said Lynne was gone. I still can't believe it, and I felt miserable, both because of what I knew you were facing, and because there was nothing I could do to help but lend an ear. You have friends and family near and far to help you. We all love you very much and we all share the heartache in your loss. Call me any day, any time, if you need to talk -- and think about when Sydney was born, and the joy you felt when Shayne and Jason joined your family, too. Keep those thoughts and memories fresh and talk to the kids about the good times you have shared. I remember seeing how happy you were when you and Lynne visited this past September, and as hard as it is to accept that we won't see her again, it's important for you to celebrate the good times you had. Think about them often, and especially whenever you and the kids need a lift. Take good care, my friend, and know that you all have a place in our hearts.
- Sal DeFilippo, 4/11/2009 11:59:44 AM
I just heard. Your family is in my prayers.
- Mishelle Cooper, 4/11/2009 9:35:58 AM
Lynne was a great young lady, who inspired me to do my best in track & field. she was quiet in school never causing problems or tearing anyone down. i'll miss her. when i heard the news, my heart dropped, and said how and why, but as a pastor here in vegas, i know she has gone on to glory. she's in God's hands, and there's no better place to be.
my love & care goes out to you & the family Paul.
- Randall Cunningham, 4/11/2009 7:21:58 AM
Sydney, Shayne, Jason and Paul - even on the other side of the planet in Italy we are grieving Lynne's loss. It is hard to understand, and difficult to put life back into perspective. We are so very, very sorry for your loss, and our prayers and thoughts go out to you during this very difficult time. We have such fond memories of her - I personally have 40 years worth, and am so sad I will not hear her laugh again. God bless...
- Nancy (Natale) De Caro, 4/11/2009 6:35:29 AM
I am so sorry, Paul. I'm sitting here trying to find some words of condolence and I keep seeing Lynne in my mind's eye. I'm remembering images of her from high school, when you guys started going out, the beutiful wedding, and all your kids running around being wild. I'm glad our families got to spend a little time together. I wish I could've been there for you yesterday. I'll hold her memory in my heart always.
- Bill Tanner, 4/11/2009 5:47:58 AM
Paul, Our prayers are with you and your family.
- Clare Meshot, 4/11/2009 4:19:45 AM
The Moon family is here to support. Please let us know if we can provide anything.
- Kevin Moon, 4/10/2009 9:45:23 PM
You already know how much me and my family love you and your beloved Lynne. She will always be in our hearts and our love will always be with you.
- Joy Brown, 4/10/2009 9:42:18 PM
Paul, so sorry for your loss. I am sad that Lynne is gone. Your kids are beautiful and look so full of life...find strength in each other. Take care and be well.
- Dan Jeffris, 4/10/2009 7:07:40 PM
I am shocked to learn of Lynne's death and can only say she was always an absolutely lovely person and I am glad I had the opportunity to know her.
- Claire Corey, 4/10/2009 5:41:35 PM
Lynne is someone I have always admired. Her track and cross country running show such a work ethic. She had a memorable laugh, too. Whenever I've heard Lynne's name mentioned, her laugh always sounds in my mind. She will be missed.
- Heather (Dobbs) Curran, 4/10/2009 5:37:50 PM
To Paul and your children Sydney, Shayne and Jason and the rest of Lynne's family, we are all shocked and saddened by the sudden, horrible loss you have experienced. We all loved Lynne, we will always remember Lynne and Lynne will always be in our hearts.
- John Dickson, 4/10/2009 4:45:30 PM