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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 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.

Ralph Fertig: 1939-2014

Bicycle Hero

So many solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety in Santa Barbara can be laid at Ralph Fertig's feet. Read story.

To Richard

Remembering a Neighbor Who Didn't Live in a House

Remembering a neighbor who didn't live in a house. Read story.

Remembering Tom Sneddon

I am the only lawyer who tried six felonies to a jury verdict against TWS, and then I worked for him for 24 years after I quit defense work. Read story.

Darcy Aston: 1959-2014

Watershed Woman

Though Darcy has passed on, her signs can be found, literally, around town: interpretive signs about plants and animals and “no dumping, drains to ocean” signs on storm drains. Read story.

Thomas W. Sneddon, Jr.: 1941 – 2014

A Great and Caring District Attorney

Santa Barbara County's District Attorney from 1983-2006, Tom loved his family first, then his job, friends, softball, golf, and Notre Dame. Read story.

Rob Puddicombe: 1950-2014

Compassionate Activist

An activist to save I.V.'s Perfect Park, he also tried to prevent the extermination of the black rats of Anacapa Island. Read story.

Joanne Maureen Miller: 1928 - 2014

A Courageous Fighter for Equality

Many remember Jo for serving those less fortunate and for leading community causes. Read story.

John L. Sirois III: 1946-2014

The Sage of Summerland

Smart, steady, and kind, John Sirois was a fine photographer, respected real estate agent, and a regular at the Summerland Post Office. Read story.

Alfred 'Al' Alvarez: 1961-2014

SBPD Records Specialist and Friend

Remembering Al Alvarez, a records specialist at SBPD and friend. Read story.

Lyn Carman: 1936 – 2014

A Friend to All

One of the first U.S. women to cross the finish line in a marathon, Lyn Carman helped raise many children and was a dedicated member of Mission Santa Barbara. Read story.

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Lois Oates

Lois Oates, a resident of Santa Barbara for 53 years, died peacefully on Jan. 16 at Cottage ... Read

Lois W. Oates

Lois W. Oates, 90, passed away on January 16th, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held on ... Read

Marian Elisabeth Nickel Hartfeld

On January 4, 2015, Marian “Nicki” Hartfeld passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Barbara. She ... Read

Nellie G. Allen

Nellie G. Allen passed away on January 15th, 2015 in Goleta. No services planned. Read

Laureldean Waugh

Laureldean (Wright) Waugh died of natural causes on January 18, 2015 after a full life. Lollie, as ... Read

Maxwell Sanders

Maxwell Sanders, a Santa Barbara resident for virtually all of his life, died at age 95 on ... Read

Gary Steven Grubacich

Gary Steven Grubacich, a well-known local attorney and resident of Santa Barbara for over 35 years, died ... Read

Bradley N. Currey

Bradley N. Currey was born September 17, 1926 in Brewster, FL and died at 88 peacefully at ... Read

Margaret C. Bohling

Margaret Catherine (O’Toole) Bohling, a long-time resident of Goleta, CA, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 ... Read

Madeline Glowicki

Glowicki, Madeline: 90 of Santa Barbara died January 6. Funeral mass at St Raphael's Catholic Church Saturday ... Read

Richard "Dick" Cousineau

Come celebrate the life of Richard "Dick" Cousineau - co-founder, Humanist Society of Santa Barbara - on ... Read

Mark Anthony Medina

Mark Anthony Medina, 30, passed away in Santa Barbara on January 13th, 2014. Services pending. Read

John G. Watts

John G. Watts, 85, passed away in Santa Barbara on January 12th, 2015. Memorial Service - Saturday, ... Read

Vernon Robbins

Go with God. Love always, Stephanie Read

Adelina Anna Spaventa

Spaventa, Adeline Anna. August 1, 1923 – January 8, 2015. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, ... Read

Virginia Chennell

After a prolonged battle with Parkinson's Disease, Virgina Chennell passed away on December 18. She was born ... Read

Miguel P. Berumen

Miguel P. Berumen, 90, passed away in Santa Barbara on January 10th, 2015. Services pending. Read

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