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In Memoriam: James Gilmore Mills, 1926-2017

Wilderness Protector

Since the age of 11, Jim Mills enjoyed outdoor adventures in Santa Barbara’s backcountry, later helping to establish the San Rafael Wilderness, the Dick Smith Wilderness, and Channel Islands National Park. Read story.

In Memoriam: Harry Brown, MD, 1930-2017

Founder of Surgical Eye Expeditions International

Thanks to Harry Brown, a half million people living in third-world countries had their sight restored. Read story.

In Memoriam: Robert Casier, 1926-2017

An SBCC Founder

Robert Casier began teaching in 1955 at the college that became Santa Barbara City College, earning a reputation as a memorable teacher. Read story.

In Memoriam: Keith Julius Puccinelli, 1950-2017

Keith Puccinelli was one of the most singular and significant artists in Southern California, often using humor, corny or biting, in unflinching depictions of life. Read story.

In Memoriam: Dwayne DeVries, 1952-2017

Warm-Hearted Friend

People from all walks of life have been coming forward with stories of Dwayne DeVries’s generosity, charismatic goodwill, and friendship. Read story.

In Memoriam: Whitney Victoria Lindelof, 1986-2017

From Blue Baby to Feisty Cat Lady

Whitney Lindelof was a force of uncontainable light and fire who refused to be limited by a difficult, big heart within a very fragile body. Read story.

In Memoriam: Michael J. Treman, 1946-2017

‘We wish him only fair winds.’

A competitive sailor, crew coach, and family man, Mike Treman’s time working at Camp Pendleton's Brig ignited a passion to help the incarcerated that led to a career as a federal criminal defense attorney for people who could not afford one. Read story.

In Memoriam: John A. Sonquist, 1931-2017

Musician, Intellectual, Activist, Family Man

Chances are that if you went to hear classical music in the last 50 years in Santa Barbara, you would have either run into John A. Sonquist or heard him play. Read story.

In Memoriam: Joseph ‘Joseppi’ Scozzaro: 1943-2017

An Entrepreneur, Santa Barbara Style

At Joseppi’s in the ’80s, community was created in the best of ways, brought together by Joe Scozzaro’s love of music, people, and the accordion. Read story.

Jeanne Graffy: 1925-2017

Community Leader, Community Planner

A selfless, quietly effective community leader, Jeanne Graffy served both city and county, fighting to protect neighborhoods and keep creeks clean. Read story.

Gary Ray Chafe: 1937-2017

Artist, Rebel, Wit, and Friend

Gary Chafe was an artist for more than 60 years, and he also founded the Yes Store, was an activist against Big Oil, and helped many along their artistic path. Read story.

In Memoriam: Chris Casebeer, 1946-2017

Expert in the Art of Friendship

In real estate for 44 years, Chris Casebeer’s clients became his friends, and his friends became his clients. Read story.

Doug Miller: 1941-2017

Radical Christian

During his search for authentic Christianity, Doug Miller challenged seminary students to think broadly, supported the interfaith community, and built housing for the homeless. Read story.

Joanne ‘Jody’ White: 1922-2017

Fought the Good Fight for Santa Ynez Valley

Enamored of the natural beauty and rural, agricultural character of the Santa Ynez Valley, Jody White devoted many years to protecting it. Read story.

Philip Koplin: 1942-2017

Editor, Artist, and Funk Zone Pioneer

Philip Ivan Koplin died suddenly of a viral heart infection on July 6, 2017. Read story.

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Paul Anthony Zamora

Born September 18, 1957 to Paul Zamora and Diane Skare-Zamora, Paul passed away November 24, 2017 at ... Read

Sylvia Macks

Sylvia Macks County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/08/2017 Age: 93 Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Cory Breck Rodriguez

Cory Breck Rodriguez, born August 25, 1991 in Santa Barbara and passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. ... Read

Tavia Damron

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/05/2017 Age: 89 Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura & ... Read

Carolyn Calandro

Carolyn Calandro (nee Hohman) passed away on December 6, 2017 surrounded by her husband John, her children ... Read

Anita Loredo

Date of Death: December 7, 2017 Age: 79 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Services are currently pending. Read

Max Lynn

Max Lynn was born January 1st, 1935 in Winchester, Kansas and passed away on November 15th, 2017 ... Read

Cory Breck Rodriguez

AGE: 26 RESIDENT OF: ATASCADERO DATE OF DEATH: 12/03/2017 PLACE OF DEATH: ATASCADERO, CA Read

Martin Kellogg

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 11/24/2017 Age: 72 Occupation: Naturalist Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Gregory McKibbage

County Residence: 68 Date of Death: 11/22/2017 Age: 68 Occupation: Grocery Store Manager Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

George Sirkin

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 11/23/2017 Age: 88 Occupation: Business Entrepreneur Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

James Fletcher

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 11/20/2017 Age: 56 Occupation: Owner-Operator of Bar Lounge Arrangements by: ... Read

Juanita Montiel

County Residence: Lompoc Date of Death: 11/30/2017 Age: 86 Occupation: Registered Nurse Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Susan (Sue) McKnight

Susan (Sue) McKnight, age 72, of Santa Barbara passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 as the ... Read

Sandra "Sandy" Kaye Garcia

Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Garcia, 72, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away on Nov. 27, 2017 at Serenity ... Read

Robert Arnold Newcomb

Bob was born in Hawaii and the aloha spirit of the islands permeated his long life. He ... Read

Betty Louise Borella

Betty Louise Borella passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. There will be a ... Read

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