Karen Castanon passed November 7th, 2023 at the age of 60 surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband Troy, son Taylor and daughter Demitria. Karen arrived on the Central Coast following her graduation from Davis Senior High School in 1981, where she married her husband, Troy. She cherished her life as a devoted mother, traveling to every cross country and track meet across the state to cheer on her son and daughter. Karen’s Central Coast circle grew over her 14 years as a teacher at Shell Beach Elementary, Ocean View Elementary and other district assignments. In 2020, Karen was honored at the Madonna Inn with a Golden Educator Award by the Channel Islands Service Center Council for going above and beyond as educator in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. In her free time, Karen enjoyed gardening from her herb bed, fruit trees and maintaining her generational roses. Karen’s eyes would light up when recounting an evening beneath the lights of her stunning coastal oaks. She is reunited with mother and father Peggy and Bob Swisher, as well as countless cousins, aunts and uncles who are having coffee and catching up on the years. Her public celebration of life will be held at Baileyanna Winery at 2:30pm Saturday December 2nd. In leu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Greek Orthodox Church, located in San Luis Obispo.