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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.

Andrew David Darke: 1965-2016

Little League Baseball Coach

Andrew Darke's coaching for Little League teams was only a part of his life, but his friendship and demeanor on the field profoundly affected the players and the parents. Read story.

Joan Magruder (1939-2016)

Santa Barbara's Fairy Godmother

Joan Magruder died reluctantly after a lifetime as a blonde hurricane, championing others while overcoming personal fears, and lovingly spoiling her grandchildren. Read story.

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Myra Hogan

Myra Hogan, a determined woman with a kind and optimistic spirit, passed away on March 3, 2017 ... Read

Mary Louise Crawford

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. - Mary Louise Crawford, 90, died peacefully at the Serenity House on Tuesday March ... Read

Brian Sean O'Donnell

DOD 3/15/17 (58) Santa Barbara Read

Freda "Linda" Lee Good

Freda "Linda" Lee Good passed away in the evening on Sunday, March 19, 2017, just two weeks ... Read

Virginia Grace Butterfield

Virginia Grace Butterfield, 94, passed away from causes related to pneumonia on March 4, 2017. Virginia was ... Read

Olivia Galvez-Storke-Martinez

DATE OF DEATH: 3/17/2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral Mass will be held on ... Read

Leslie Frederika Holt

Leslie passed away in the early morning hours of March 9 after several weeks of loving care ... Read

Rita Denise (Presley) Mitchell

Rita Denise (Presley) Mitchell, born and raised in Boonville, CA, graduated in 1965 from Ukiah High School ... Read

Ardna M. Pfeiler

DATE OF BIRTH: September 17, 1921 DATE OF DEATH: March 20, 2017 AGE: 95 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Joe Pinnella

Joe Pinnella passed away gently, sweetly, beautifully, March 5, 2017, at home in Santa Barbara, with his ... Read

Lavonne Irene Sanchez

Lavonne Irene Sanchez passed away on March 7th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer at the ... Read

Richard E. Arbagey

DATE OF DEATH: 3/11/2017 AGE: 94 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Celebration of Life will be ... Read

Elizabeth Frances Ruskauff

DATE OF DEATH: 3/8/2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Graveside Service will be held ... Read

H. Peter Karoff

H. Peter Karoff, a renowned contributor to the world of philanthropy and a business leader in Boston, ... Read

Edwin (Ed) Aspinwall

Edwin (Ed) Aspinwall passed away peacefully at home in Thousand Oaks, on February 21, 2017, following a ... Read

Darlene Giorgi Postel

Darlene Giorgi Postel, 88, passed into the Kingdom of Heaven on March 7, 2017. Darlene was born ... Read

Michele Malia Bennett

Michele was called to her ultimate tee time on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Born December 18, 1963 ... Read

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