Marky Meza Jr., who was less than two weeks from his 21st birthday, was working as a busboy and food runner at the bar when he was killed.
"Marky was a loving and wonderful young man who was full of life and ambition," the Meza family said in a statement provided to Santa Barbara TV station KEYT. "His family is devastated by his loss."
Meza grew up in the Santa Barbara area and had worked in the service industry since he was a teen.
He was one of the few teenagers who got hired at Sandpiper Lodge in Santa Barbara, manager Shawn Boteju said. Meza worked full time at the Sandpiper in housekeeping and would come to work on a hoverboard.
"He was extremely nice," Boteju told The Associated Press. "He obviously worked well with the rest of the staff."