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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.

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.

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Kevin Thomas O'Dea

DATE OF DEATH: 4/11/2017 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday at 6:00pm at ... Read

David Bariş Miller

Long time Santa Barbara resident, David Bariş Miller, 46, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday ... Read

Jacqueline Hyde

Jacqueline Hyde, 95, passed away peacefully March 29, 2017 in Santa Barbara. She was born on Feb. ... Read

Virginia Lee Morrissey

DATE OF DEATH: 4/16/2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

Obedia Theresa Chierici

DATE OF DEATH: 4/17/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola, ... Read

Edward Tacadena

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 04/07/2017 Age: 69 Occupation: Roofer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Ray John Cooper "Coop"

John Cooper of Santa Barbara, CA passed away March 28, 2017. Born May 28, 1936 in St. ... Read

Italo F. Castagnola

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-24-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 04-06-2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Services ... Read

Margaret Marini Griffin

Her irresistible positive attitude never left. Yes, you know who she was. The woman who drove around ... Read

Norma Z. Brown

Date of Death: April 1, 2017 Age: 88 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Memorial Service will be Tuesday, ... Read

Michael Towbes

Michael Towbes, age 87, Chairman of the Board of The Towbes Group, Inc. and Montecito Bank & ... Read

Donna C. Saar

Date of Death: April 4, 2017 Age: 72 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Memorial Service will be Tuesday, ... Read

Mark Schlagel

SANTA BARBARA LOCAL THRU & THRU November 25, 1952-March 28, 2017 Mark Schlagel, 64, passed away at ... Read

Betty Jean Nelson

Betty Jean Nelson, 92, died Monday March 6, 2017 of natural causes. She was born 9/14/24 in ... Read

Hank Kinsell

Body surfer, world traveler, dedicated stockbroker, and beloved Papa, (Henry S.) Hank Kinsell passed away in Thousand ... Read

Oscar R. Ball

Oscar R. Ball 72 passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Oscar was born in Mexico ... Read

Clifford "Chopo" F. Hague

Clifford “Chopo” F. Hague, 83, who moved to Santa Barbara County with his family in 1947, passed ... Read

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