In Memoriam: Bob Lovejoy, 1948-2018

Started Three Pickles and Saved Jimmy’s

Bob Lovejoy became a regular at Jimmy’s, where the writer has mixed drinks for decades, and entertained them all with great stories and stale jokes. Read story.

Lawrence Bailard Jr.: 1921-2018

Rancher, Ocean Lover

Instead of farming exactly as it had always been done, Lawry chose to grow pumpkins, creating Mr. Bailard’s u-pick pumpkin patch, so successful it put his four children through college. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ken Williams, 1950-2018

Compassionate Friend

Ken Williams walked the streets of Santa Barbara for more than three decades, reaching out to the poor and the marginalized. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ralph Philbrick, 1934-2017

Island Botanist and Environmentalist

Santa Barbara’s plants and habitats lost a knowledgeable friend and supporter with the death of Ralph Philbrick. Read story.

Arve Sjovold: 1935-2018

Trout Fisherman, Water Conservationist

Arve Sjovold's casual observations were spellbinding to his sons; they found the relationship between a small thing or event to larger ones, even those of global proportions. Read story.

Tom Urbanske: 1929-2018

A Life Rich in Memories and Public Service

Much has been said about Tom Urbanske, but his children remember his storytelling and how he loved the Santa Maria Valley. Read story.

In Memoriam: Harris Meisel, MD, 1932-2018

Artist and Healer

Harris Meisel came to Santa Barbara more than 50 years ago to establish the Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital (now Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital), where he built a master tool to marry art and healing science. Read story.

In Memoriam: Jim Ranta, 1946-2018

Aquatics Mentor and Coach

Jim Ranta’s lifelong commitment to club water polo raised the bar for the sport in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Remembering Miloš Forman

A Stranger in Paradise

A stranger in paradise. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sunanta ‘Sunny’ Quinn, 1954-2017

Instant Friend, Family Woman Extraordinaire

The famed bartender at Mel’s, Sunny loved Santa Barbara. And Santa Barbara loved her right back. Read story.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Erro Hvolboll, 1930-2018


Elizabeth was as easy onstage singing in her rich contralto as she was escorting a rattlesnake from her kitchen. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sylvia Short, 1927-2018

Doyenne of Santa Barbara Theater

Actor Sylvia Short was a Shakespeare aficionado, unparalleled storyteller, singer of Irish songs, and longtime resident of Santa Barbara. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ruth Nadel, 1914-2017

Cofounded the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Ruth Nadel’s volunteerism helped create the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and in her career, she pioneered the recognition of women’s paid and unpaid work. Read story.

In Memoriam: Allan Ghitterman, 1924-2018

An Impossible Dreamer

An attorney with a passion for social justice, Allan Ghitterman believed in charity, civic betterment, friends, and family, above all. Read story.

In Memoriam: Virginia Hayes, 1950-2018

Gardening Goddess

Virginia Hayes was known far and wide as an authority on lotus and exotic plants like cycads, which she nurtured at Lotusland as diligently as she raised her children and cherished her friends. Read story. publishes Death Notices, with Service information, at no charge. They appear online and in our Thursday newspaper, if space allows.. Extended Obituaries are also available for a nominal fee.

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Anna Johnson

County Residence: Carpinteria Date of Death: 09/13/2018 Age: 74 Occupation: School Teacher Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Konrad McMillan

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 09/12/2018 Age: 89 Occupation: Art Instructor Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Richard Davis

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 09/14/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: Executive-General Telephone Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Lawrence Neil Gates

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-17-1960 DATE OF DEATH: 09-16-2018 AGE:58 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Urnside Service: Friday, ... Read

Vaughan Russell

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 09/19/2018 Age: 89 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Arthur Vera-Martinez

County Residence: Lompoc Date of Death: 09/14/2018 Age: 74 Occupation: Sergeant Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Dulce Shepherd Marrs

Dulce Shepherd Marrs, of Solvang, California, passed away after a brief struggle with lung cancer the morning ... Read

Anna Banducci Johnson

Anna Banducci Johnson was born in Bakersfield, California on June 13, 1944. Her parents, Giuseppe (Joe) and ... Read

Janet Graham

Janet Graham passed away on September 17 from complications due to Alzheimer's. She is survived by her ... Read

Tim Shellabarger

What is it about a guy like Tim Shellabarger? Rough around the edges with a heart of ... Read

Sonja Lane

Sonja Lane, long time Santa Barbara resident, passed away suddenly on August 18 while camping near Santa ... Read

Henry Scandrett Jefferson

Henry passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family. ... Read

Bette Eleonore Simons

Bette Eleonore Bottger was born in Los Angeles, on April 30, 1929. Having lost her parents at ... Read

Ida Mae Perreault

Ida Mae Perreault went to Heaven on August 31, 2018 at the age of 92 years. She ... Read

Steven Philip Barger

Steven Barger, adored and devoted father and husband, accomplished musician, admired engineer, activist and beloved family man ... Read

Barbara Griffith

Barbara passed away peacefully on September 2 in Santa Barbara while surrounded by her loving family. She ... Read

Mary Ribet

On Thursday evening, September 6 2018, Mary Ribet, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the ... Read

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