If you have spent one day in OB, you know about the OB Seagull – a decal logo plastered on just about every car in town. And then some. The creator of the logo – another Ocean Beach artist – has passed away. Donald “Rick” Sorben died on December 2nd, after a brief illness. He and his brother were creators of the OB Seagull Logo, a community icon.
Born in 1944, Rick was a native San Diegan, born and raised in Ocean Beach. He attended Point Loma High and graduated from SDSU. He also was a USMC reservist, 4th Tank Battallion. Rick was an environmental geologist, registered in California and Arizona, and worked for many local companies before starting his own consulting firm.
Rick was a man of many talents; photographer, artist, and inventor. He and his brother Bob created the “OB Seagull Logo” in 1973. Since then, thousands of OB vehicles have had the decal pasted on their windshields and the logo became a symbol of OB itself.
Mr. Sorben handcrafted unusual sculptures such as “Parker” the upright guard dog, and “The Walker” a small scale man “of the ages.”
He also patented a roller fence guard system, now Roll Guard Inc. His invention has saved many pets, and made a lot of people very happy and secure.
Rick was loved by all those who knew him. He was intelligent, knowledgeable, generous and had a keen sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
Rick leaves behind Jackie, his beloved wife of 30 years, for whom he wrote:
“I was the breeze, I was the air, Pushing and pulling on gentle things, barely there. You were the butterfly, fluttering to overcome, Sharing your magnificence with just this one. The tugs and pulls of our embrace are short, cryptic, and sublime, but they are mine – forever mine!”
Survivors also include brothers Robert Sorben and wife Sue of Ocean Beach, Harold Sweet of Utah, and in-laws Frances, Cornel, Elaine and Colton Tanassy of Thousand Oaks. There will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date for family and friends. The family suggests contributions to San Diego Hospice.
Please visit the Obituary for DONALD RODERICK SORBEN “RICK“