George Pacheco lived in the Santa Ynez Valley all his life. He was the son of Kathryn and Frank Pacheco, who was the manager at Hollister Ranch. George, one of four brothers, grew up around livestock - running cattle and living a cowboy childhood.
George graduated from Santa Ynez High, and served in the Navy during the Viet Nam conflict. After the war, George realized that as far as material things are concerned, less is more. He lived an unconventional life of freedom and adventures. He worked at the Santa Ynez Livestock Yard, drove water trucks for fighting forest fires, was a woodcutter, a fisherman, a gold miner, and an all round outdoorsman. He was a truck driver for hauling horses from coast to coast - a job he loved. From all these experiences, there were many funny stories to be told.
The Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma adopted George and gave him the name Two Bears. He was very proud of that.
Most importantly, George was a wonderful friend. After meeting his wife Terri, he settled down in Solvang and became a familiar face around the Valley, where he could be found sharing stories of his many experiences.
He will be missed by his wife Terri, his brother Bill, his godson Dylan, and his many friends. The Valley has lost a unique and gentle soul - a true one-of- a-kind human being.