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Remembering the Victims of the Montecito Mudslides

Children, Students, Young Adults, Middle-Aged Executives, Landscapers, Well-to-Do Retirees, Immigrants from Near and Far

Children, students, young adults, middle-aged executives, landscapers, well-to-do retirees, immigrants from near and far Read story.

In Memoriam: Betty Klausner, 1928-2017

Built Santa Barbara's Contemporary Arts Scene

Betty Klausner was instrumental in bringing a contemporary arts presence to old-world Santa Barbara. Read story.

In Memoriam: Fredrick ‘Freddy’ Caston, 1927-2017

Artist

Freddy Caston’s career began as a home builder, but he was always a painter. After a one-man show, he began working in Spain, Morocco, and finally landed in Santa Barbara in the mid-’70s. Read story.

In Memoriam: Elden ‘Bud’ Boothe, 1925-2017

Political and Social Activist

From supporting civil rights to opposing the nuclear program at Vandenberg, Bud Boothe, a WWII veteran, had a passion for peace. Read story.

In Memoriam: Silvio Dante DiLoreto, 1925-2017

Santa Barbara Businessperson, Mentor, Philanthropist

The president of Sunset Realty for more than 60 years, Silvio DiLoreto got his start in 1955 when he sold four homes in 30 days and made $800. Eureka! Read story.

In Memoriam: James Gilmore Mills, 1926-2017

Wilderness Protector

Since the age of 11, Jim Mills enjoyed outdoor adventures in Santa Barbara’s backcountry, later helping to establish the San Rafael Wilderness, the Dick Smith Wilderness, and Channel Islands National Park. Read story.

In Memoriam: Harry Brown, MD, 1930-2017

Founder of Surgical Eye Expeditions International

Thanks to Harry Brown, a half million people living in third-world countries had their sight restored. Read story.

In Memoriam: Robert Casier, 1926-2017

An SBCC Founder

Robert Casier began teaching in 1955 at the college that became Santa Barbara City College, earning a reputation as a memorable teacher. Read story.

In Memoriam: Keith Julius Puccinelli, 1950-2017

Keith Puccinelli was one of the most singular and significant artists in Southern California, often using humor, corny or biting, in unflinching depictions of life. Read story.

In Memoriam: Dwayne DeVries, 1952-2017

Warm-Hearted Friend

People from all walks of life have been coming forward with stories of Dwayne DeVries’s generosity, charismatic goodwill, and friendship. Read story.

In Memoriam: Whitney Victoria Lindelof, 1986-2017

From Blue Baby to Feisty Cat Lady

Whitney Lindelof was a force of uncontainable light and fire who refused to be limited by a difficult, big heart within a very fragile body. Read story.

In Memoriam: Michael J. Treman, 1946-2017

‘We wish him only fair winds.’

A competitive sailor, crew coach, and family man, Mike Treman’s time working at Camp Pendleton's Brig ignited a passion to help the incarcerated that led to a career as a federal criminal defense attorney for people who could not afford one. Read story.

In Memoriam: John A. Sonquist, 1931-2017

Musician, Intellectual, Activist, Family Man

Chances are that if you went to hear classical music in the last 50 years in Santa Barbara, you would have either run into John A. Sonquist or heard him play. Read story.

In Memoriam: Joseph ‘Joseppi’ Scozzaro: 1943-2017

An Entrepreneur, Santa Barbara Style

At Joseppi’s in the ’80s, community was created in the best of ways, brought together by Joe Scozzaro’s love of music, people, and the accordion. Read story.

Jeanne Graffy: 1925-2017

Community Leader, Community Planner

A selfless, quietly effective community leader, Jeanne Graffy served both city and county, fighting to protect neighborhoods and keep creeks clean. Read story.

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Ruth T. Joel

Ruth Thomas Joel – Dobbs Ferry, NY/ Santa Barbara, CA - passed away peacefully on January 11, ... Read

Betsy H. Green

Betsy made her entrance in Buffalo and lived here and there, each move an improvement in climate ... Read

Naoma Gower Ford

Naoma Gower Ford, nee Naoma Jean Gower, passed away on January 5th, 2018, at age 88. She ... Read

George Sirkin

Celebration of Life George Sirkin July 21, 1929-November 23, 2017 Service to be held Saturday, February 10 ... Read

Gary Howard

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 01/13/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: Civil Engineer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Elke Dreves

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 01/10/2018 Age: 78 Occupation: Mortgage Broker Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Shirley Ann Wirtz

Shirley Ann Wirtz died peacefully on January 15, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of ... Read

James Armas Ranta

James Armas Ranta, age 71, had a heart attack late Thursday night and passed away early Friday ... Read

Alejandro Ortega

Alejandro Ortega, age 85, lived a long beautiful life, having immigrated to the United States from Mexico ... Read

Elizabeth Wienecke

County Residence: Carpinteria Date of Death: 12/28/2017 Age: 81 Occupation: Minister Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Esther Medina

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/29/2017 Age: 72 Occupation: Drug Counselor Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Donald Knapp

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/31/2017 Age: 65 Occupation: Cook Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Steven Combs

County Residence: Ventura Date of Death: 12/28/2017 Age: 64 Occupation: Private-US Army Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

William Harvey

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 01/01/2018 Age: 71 Occupation: Hair Dresser Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Misael Padillo

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 01/04/2018 Age: 40 Occupation: Window Tint Installer Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Lauren Cotton

DATE OF DEATH: 01/07/2018 AGE: 66 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service at Goleta Cemetery on Thursday ... Read

Herbert Hettich

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 01/05/2018 Age: 67 Occupation: Engineer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

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