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John Steven Harris: 1942-2015

Bodyworker Extraordinaire

An innovative teacher, John Harris had an uncanny knack with trigger points and big, soft, warm, intelligent, responsive hands and feet. Read story.

Alberto Paul Pizano: 1931-2015

A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Alberto Pizano was a multitalented man who founded nonprofits and had a passion for history. He truly excelled in his ability to communicate through the written word. Read story.

Ronald J. Faoro, DVM: 1954-2015

The Saint of St. Francis Pet Clinic

As a veterinarian, Ron had an intelligence, charisma, and passion that were unparalleled. Many of his first clients remain to this day. Read story.

Tony Johansen: 1937 - 2015

Creator of the Glendessary Jam

Tony Johansen was a mentor to dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians in the Santa Barbara area. Read story.

Jeremy Dennis Hass: 1936-2014

Attorney, Social Engineer, Historian

Pearl Chase encouraged Jeremy Hass to become a social engineer on behalf of historic preservation, and he helped restore the Presidio neighborhood as we know it today. Read story.

Sandra K. Smith: 1946-2014

Loving Kindness Her Religion

Loving kindness was Sandy Smith's religion, and she put her philosophy into practice every day. Read story.

Louise Boucher: 1930 – 2013

Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader

Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.

Larry Agenbroad: 1933 – 2014

Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend

Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.

Gwen Phillips: 1934-2014

A Champion of Educational Innovation

Her establishment of Open Alternative School opened the door to shared decision-making, hands-on learning, and the wisdom of circle time. Read story.

Agnes Mata Guevara:  1917 - 2014

Matriarch of the Rose Café

When Mamanita began working at the Rose Café in 1945, she worked 16-hour days, seven days a week, for eight years, making 75 cents an hour. Read story.

William Samuel DeMayo: 1921 - 2014

A Return to Freedom

Bill DeMayo was grateful for all life offered, from the GI Bill to the people he met. Read story.

Léni Fé Bland: 1915-2014

A Wise Friend and Philanthropist

Léni Fé Bland was a great friend to the music and dance communities. Read story.

Lynn T. Burtness: 1938 – 2014

Heart of Gold

Our mother's love of sewing continued her entire life, and the layers of our Fiesta flower girl skirts are among our most prized possessions. Read story.

Richard García: 1947–2014

Un Hombre de la Raza

A Vietnam vet and UCSB graduate, García worked for equality for Hispanic peoples. Read story.

Swingin' Dave Collert: 1952-2014

Guitar Master

Master guitarist David Collert was known as “Swingin’ Dave” thanks to his guitar prowess and larger-than-life persona. Read story.

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Mary B. Prekker

Mary Bernadette Suter was born on Sept 17, 1926 to Sophie and Joseph Suter in Clara City, ... Read

Audrey Violet Holden

Our beloved mother, grand-mother, great-grandmother, Audrey Holden passed away on April 10, 2015 in Brevard, North Carolina. ... Read

Sylvia Valenzuela

Sylvia was born February 16, 1926 in London, England to Leonard (Pop) and Hannah (Nan) Lee, and ... Read

Aurelio Lomeli Nunez, Sr.

Aurelio Lomeli Nuñez Sr. of Santa Barbara passed away on April 15, 2015, in his hometown of ... Read

Richard Langley Schall

Richard Langley Schall, greatly loved and respected husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle died April 18, 2015, ... Read

Samuel Thomas Hurst IV

Sam Hurst died peacefully at his home in Montecito on April 10 of natural causes. He was ... Read

Reverend Jerome Smith

Born on August 4, 1919 in Santa Barbara to Joseph and Susie Smith. He attended schools in ... Read

Larry Ariew

Our community has lost an exceptional man. On April 9th, Larry Ariew died peacefully at Sarah House ... Read

S. Robert Bronfen

Sanford Robert Bronfen, known as Bob or Bobby to those who loved him, passed away peacefully in ... Read

Horace James Schooter

Jim Schooter, 80, died peacefully in his sleep on Easter morning, April 5, 2015. Jim will be ... Read

Francis Walter Rowbottam

Our beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, and husband, Frank Rowbottam, was born to Evelyn and Walter Rowbottam ... Read

Warren Paul "Doc" Berry

Doc was born July 1, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The family moved to Estes Park, Colorado and ... Read

Jonee Grat

Jonee Grat, 86, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2015 surrounded by her ... Read

Ronald (Ron) Tan

Ronald (Ron) Tan was born April 23, 1949 in China and passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 16, ... Read

Alan Myles Limberg

Alan Myles Limburg (“Myles”), 89, was born in New York City on December 6, 1925, and passed ... Read

Alexander William Gruenberg

Alexander William Gruenberg passed away at the age of 30 years old, due to unforeseen complications during ... Read

Carmen Webster

Carmen Webster was known for her tremendous smile and great love of nature. Carmen grew up in ... Read

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