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Nancy Walker Koppelman: 1954-2017

The Definition of Feminine Power and Grace

An ambassador without a portfolio and a friend to presidents, Nancy Koppelman's greatest gift was her open heart. Read story.

Jody Lynn Kaufman: 1952-2017

Beautiful and Brilliant

All who knew her counted themselves extremely fortunate to have had Jody Kaufman in their lives. Read story.

John W. Carpenter: 1929-2017

Formative Santa Barbara County Sheriff

The county's sheriff from 1971-1990, John Carpenter modernized the department with a combination of planning and political astuteness. Read story.

Maureen Lance: 1938-2017

The Bird Lady

“Are you the bird lady?” For many years after failing eyesight forced Maureen Lance to give up caring for injured or orphaned birds, she would get such phone calls and was able to direct the caller to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Read story.

Bob Saunders: 1943-2017

The Man Who Loved Horses

A large-animal doctor, Bob Saunders treated cattle, ostriches, llamas, and alpacas during his time, but his business was horses. Read story.

Phil Womble: 1936-2017

A Man Who Never Gave Up

Phil Womble, an inspirational sports fan known as ‘Gaucho Phil,’ was a crusader for people with disabilities. Read story.

Frances Garvin Puccinelli: 1951-2016

A Woman of Action and a Maker

An art lover, rug crafter, and great friend, Fran Puccinelli was described as "the youngest person in the room.” Read story.

Nat Hentoff: 1925-2017

Words as Music to the Ears and Mind

Legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff was also a noted writer about First Amendment rights. Read story.

Corey S. Dubin: 1955-2017

A Powerful Voice and Advocate

Corey Dubin was passionate about social justice and had a true ability to hold political and emotional space for those who had no advocate in this life. Read story.

Michael Waugh Jochim: 1975-2015

A Very Able Individual

Born with a physical disability, Michael Jochim lived a life full of sports, archaeology, beach visits, humor, and freedom. Read story.

Mike Moses: 1957-2016

Santa Barbara Firefighter and Malibu Lifeguard

Mike Moses was a longtime ladder truck captain for Santa Barbara City Fire and lifeguard for Los Angeles County. Read story.

Stanley Sheinbaum: 1920-2016

A Life Fully Lived

A strong backer of liberal causes, politicians, and publications, Stanley Sheinbaum blew the whistle on the CIA's covert torture program in Vietnam and later came to Santa Barbara to join the Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Read story.

John Robert 'Bob' Haller

1930-2016

With a love of the natural world that he shared with all, renowned botanist Bob Haller preferred to see his Trees of Santa Barbara on the front seat of cars with smudge prints, dog-eared pages, and leaves stuck in it. Read story.

Danielle K. Chackel: 1970-2016

A Kind Heart in Bankruptcy Court

Danielle Chackel, the liaison for free legal clinics at Bankruptcy Court, was a wonderful listener who cared deeply for all living things. Read story.

Dan Secord: 1936–2016

An Orphan Who Delivered 6,000 Babies

An ob-gyn and a city councilmember for many years in the community, Dr. Dan Secord left behind a multitude of friends, many of who sang him a last farewell. Read story.

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Ralph Waynard Lowe

Ralph died June 10, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California in the arms of his very beloved Georgene. ... Read

Sherilyn Celeste Scranton

DATE OF DEATH: 6/21/2017 AGE: 62 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. Read

Bette Zoe Levin Pattis

Bette Zoe Levin Pattis, of Rancho Mirage, CA, formerly of Highland Park, IL, passed away on June ... Read

Catalina Edillo

Catalina Edillo, a retired Clinical Laboratory Medical Technologist, at the former Saint Francis Medical Center, Santa Barbara, ... Read

Pedro Maldonado Reyes

DATE OF BIRTH: 06-29-1940 DATE OF DEATH: 06-25-2017 AGE: 76 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary; Thursday, ... Read

Erin Blair Dwight-Murray

On Friday, June 9, 2017, friend, sister, mother, and all around zany and free-spirited, Erin Blair Dwight-Murray ... Read

Bernhard "Bernie" Penner

Bernhard “Bernie” Penner passed away suddenly on Fathers Day. Bernie arrived in America as an 11-year old ... Read

Esther Davis

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 06/19/2017 Age: 90 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

David Ferreira

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/17/2017 Age: 63 Occupation: Chef Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Robert Brierton Jr.

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/17/2017 Age: 67 Occupation: Automotive Mechanic Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Julio Gonzalez Limón

Julio Gonzalez Limón passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA. Our Lord called ... Read

Julio "Pancho" Carrillo, Jr.

Date of Death: June 15, 2017 Age: 73 Residence: Santa Ynez, CA Services: Funeral Mass will be ... Read

Dora Luz Perez

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-19-1962 DATE OF DEATH: 06-17-2017 AGE: 55 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary and ... Read

Charlotte Palacios

Charlotte (“Char”) Palacios, 68, passed away peacefully June 1, surrounded by her children. She is survived by ... Read

Carol Victoria Dell

Carol Victoria Dell, 71, died June 10 at her home after a long illness. She was born ... Read

Eric Duane Schulenberg

Every day we think of you and miss you. We see you everywhere in the beauty of ... Read

George Colin Harrower

George Harrower, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at his long ... Read

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