Mr. Breton Patrick Carr Mr. Breton Patrick Carr, 62, of Creston, California, died surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Born on October 1, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio, Breton was the son of the late Dr. Richard D. Carr and Patricia Burns Carr of Dublin, Ohio. Breton lived his life in a decidedly unorthodox way, spending much of his time reading, writing, and thinking; listening to music; and enjoying good food, wine, and stimulating conversation. He was an accomplished entrepreneur who owned two health food stores: Aptos Natural Foods in Aptos and the well-known Food Bin and Herb Room in Santa Cruz. He is survived by his daughter Sasha of San Luis Obispo, significant other Joan Sewell of Creston, and sisters Kitsy Carr Fisher of Dublin, Ohio, Melissa Carr Merritt of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Ali Carr-Chellman of Moscow, Idaho. Breton was a 1974 graduate of Upper Arlington High School where he became an avid chess player and sang in the choir. It was at this point that he began to grow his hair long, much to the chagrin of his parents, but eventually his mane was his pride and joy, as he looked more and more like one of the Beatles, in part because of his long sideburns. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Philosophy. He also attended The Ohio State University for graduate school in Philosophy. After a period of time when he rode a motorcycle around the state of California, he joined forces with Mark Taylor and started the Food Bin & Herb Room in 1984, becoming a local celebrity in Santa Cruz for the pithy, philosophical, and humorous sayings displayed on the high profile marquee outside of the establishment. This, along with excellent management and hard work by both Mark and Breton, brought great success to the business, which led to him managing a thriving business portfolio. This allowed Breton to retire into business ownership rather than active management and pursue other interests. Breton authored many books, had photography exhibits, and won many a chess match during his retirement. He loved to listen to music and almost always had wine with lunch. His daughter, Sasha Tselikova, was most precious to him. He was a loving spirit who welcomed people into his life with a fierce loyalty. Some of his friends and acquaintances would call him eccentric, but for those who knew him well, he was a devoted, loving soul with a penchant for deep analysis. In many ways he played chess on the big board of life and would think deeply and carefully about his life choices, anticipating many potential outcomes and unexpected consequences. As a result, he was remarkably successful in life. A private memorial will be held. Arrangements are under the care of McDermott-Crockett Funeral Home, Santa Barbara.
Published by San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Feb. 18, 2018.