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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.

Tom Hayden: 1939-2016

Beloved Comrade

Tom Hayden was famous as a politician and 1960s radical, but the former altar boy was also an electrifying speaker. Read story.

Ed Laing : 1933–2016

Democratic Socialist and Secular Humanist

An attorney and philosopher, Ed Laing worked for social justice during the dark days of the McCarthy era and up until he died. Read story.

Andrew David Darke: 1965-2016

Little League Baseball Coach

Andrew Darke's coaching for Little League teams was only a part of his life, but his friendship and demeanor on the field profoundly affected the players and the parents. Read story.

Joan Magruder (1939-2016)

Santa Barbara's Fairy Godmother

Joan Magruder died reluctantly after a lifetime as a blonde hurricane, championing others while overcoming personal fears, and lovingly spoiling her grandchildren. Read story.

Ripkyn Strader-Murphy: 1996 – 2016

In the end, it was Ripkyn's goodness that made you swoon. Read story.

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Kevin Wesley Speier

Kevin Wesley Speier was born in Santa Barbara on April 26, 1983 and departed this life on ... Read

Michael Charles David Laffey

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 62 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Funeral service will be ... Read

Andrée Marie Harmer

Andrée Marie Harmer died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 21. She ... Read

Bryan Devin Carreno

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-28-1990 DATE OF DEATH: 02-12-2017 AGE: 26 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION:Visistation; Thursday,9am ... Read

Else Schilling Bard

Her many grandchildren (she had 16!) called her “Omah”. To friends and family near and far she ... Read

Glenn William "Bill" Elliott

Our beloved Bill died at home on February 10, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born June 3, ... Read

Robin S. Gauss

Robin S. Gauss left us unexpectedly 2/17/2017. He was a diver, pilot, surfer, friend, and mentor to ... Read

John "Gus" Gustave Wollschlaeger

John “Gus” Gustave Wollschlaeger, born March 2, 1959, passed away July 28, 2016. He spent most of ... Read

Joseph B. Schomer

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 71 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: No service planned. Read

Kevin W. Speier

DATE OF BIRTH: April 26, 1983 DATE OF DEATH: February 15, 2017 AGE: 33 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA ... Read

George Edward McClintock

It was a different era, when all men felt it their patriotic duty to serve in the ... Read

Aurelia H. Herrera

DATE OF BIRTH: June 16,1925 DATE OF DEATH: February 15, 2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on February 13th, 2017. She maintained strong ... Read

Isidro Torres

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-15-1961 DATE OF DEATH: 02-07-2017 AGE: 55 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter died on Thursday, February 9, surrounded by her family in her home. ... Read

Steven John Andrach

Andrach, Steven John, 51 years, Has gone home to be United With the lord, February 4th 2017. ... Read

Barbara Louise Swain

Louise quietly passed away November 17, 2016, at the age of 87. Born in Longview, WA, she ... Read

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