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George Gaynes: 1917-2016

Gifted Actor of Many Genres

The gifted actor’s career spanned multiple decades and genres. Read story.

Weidong 'Henry' Han, Huijie 'Jennie' Yu, and Emily Han

Irreplaceable Loss to the Community

The grief and disbelief over the horrifying murders of herbalist Henry Han, Jennie Yu, and Emily Han are powerful testimony to the place they held in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Hilda Wenner: 1935-2016

Folk Musician and Teacher

Many remember the Adult Ed classes taught by Hilda Wenner, with a roomful of guitars propelling the music forward. Read story.

Jean Louise Thomson: 1958-2016

Cyclist, Swimmer, Gardener, Friend

A big, happy kid who loved to play outside, Jean Thomson had a cheerful enthusiasm that won her friends everywhere she went. Read story.

John Joseph Alvarado: 1933-2016

A Very Good Life

Relatives, friends, and customers alike remember John Alvarado's integrity and kindness; he leaves behind a proud heritage. Read story.

George Solinas: 1926-2015

A Builder of Community

George Solinas worked with the United Farm Workers, La Casa de la Raza, and many others who needed his artistry and building skills. Read story.

William Matthew Connell: 1954-2016

Hot Dog Man, Legislative Crusader

Bill Connell nourished customers with hot dogs and wise-cracking asides at his Carpinteria Bluffs stand — with which he won for all veteran vendors tax-free status. Read story.

Dr. Marianna Masin: 1918-2015

Distinguished Cancer Researcher

A survivor of Majdanek prison camp, Dr. Marianna Masin pioneered early cancer detection with her husband at Sansum Medical Research Foundation. Read story.

James Louis Pattillo: 1920-2015

One of the Greatest Generation

From humble beginnings, Jim Pattillo became a decorated WWII pilot and judge of the Santa Barbara courts. Read story.

Kenji Ota: 1923 - 2015

Martial Arts and Ballroom Dance Sensei

Gruff, warm, commanding, and relentlessly generous, Ken Ota combined the teaching of martial arts and ballroom dance. Read story.

Ed Mannon: 1953 - 2016

Homeless Rights Advocate, Street Person

Ed Mannon occupied the epicenter of homeless activism in the 1980s, challenging the "no camping" ordinance and getting voting rights for people with no "fixed domicile." Read story.

J.J. Hollister III: 1932-2016

Gaviota Rancher, Raconteur

An attorney, rancher, and grand storyteller, J.J. Hollister left a legacy of civic and family pride. Read story.

Haskell Wexler: 1922-2015

The People’s Cinematographer

Haskell Wexler earned Oscars for producing a short film and two for cinematography, and recognition at Cannes along the way. Read story.

Helen Stathis: 1930-2015

Inspired the Greek Festival

Bringing the warm hospitality of her Greek heritage to her adopted city, Helen Stathis sparked the first of Santa Barbara's decades of Greek Festivals in 1973. Read story.

Hilda (Shanta-Ma) Densmore: 1915-2015

The Original 'Hugging Mother'

Nothing in Shanta-Ma's brutal early life would suggest she'd live an increasingly loving and openhearted 100 years. Read story.

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Marie Corry

MARIE CORRY of Goleta passed away peacefully on April 28th at her home, at the age of ... Read

Michael Thomas Hagerty

DATE OF BIRTH: 10/21/1947 DATE OF DEATH: 4/28/2016 AGE: 68 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at ... Read

Florence Tsunoda

Florence was born in Modesto, California where her father owned a large general store. Florence started working ... Read

Deborah Giles Clark

DATE OF BIRTH: November 9, 1958 DATE OF DEATH: May 1, 2016 AGE: 57 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

William (Bill) Chamberlain III

Bill is survived by his mother Patty, his son Will (IV), his brother Michael and his many, ... Read

Kevin David Franks

Kevin David Franks, 57 ended his life on April 14th 2016. Kevin was born to Dave and ... Read

Ronald Kenneth Fairbanks

Ronald Kenneth Fairbanks died unexpectedly on April 30, 2016 after a left leg blood clot led to ... Read

Edward Puentes Caballero

Edward Puentes Caballero, our loved and respected native of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully on March 19, ... Read

Jacquie Newman

Jacquie passed away on Saturday May 3rd 2014 at 3:15 AM. Jacquie was surrounded by family and ... Read

Sydney Smith-O'Neill

Sydney died peacefully at Mission Terrace after a decade long battle with Alzheimer's. Sydney was born and ... Read

George W. Conk Jr.

George Conk passed away peacefully at home on April 20th. His son Stephen and daughter Nancy were ... Read

Diane Segelbacher

Diane Segelbacher died peacefully at the beautiful Serenity House Hospice Home on April 17, 2016 after suffering ... Read

Tamra Lynn Consbruck

Born August 31st, 1964- Inglewood, CA. Died April 19th, 2016- San Diego, CA. Read

Edna Tanaka

Edna Tanaka passed away on February 28, 2016 at the age of 92 at the Val Verde ... Read

Gail L. Stribling

DATE OF BIRTH: September 11, 1951 DATE OF DEATH: April 25, 2016 AGE: 64 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria, CA ... Read

Frayne Gaylord Higgason

Frayne Gaylord Higgason as the name might infer was a man for all seasons. He was born ... Read

Dix Alan Dolge

Dix Alan Dolge died peacefully on April 8th, 2016 at his home in Carpinteria, Ca with his ... Read

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