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Walter Kohn: 1923-2016

Nobel Laureate, Physicist, Peace Advocate

Though science and physics were his life, Walter Kohn was a humanist, artist, and philosopher who mentored and inspired students and colleagues alike. Read story.

Harold ‘Rusty’ Fairly: 1932-2016

Athlete, Coach, City Councilmember

Rusty Fairly was a tough football and baseball coach for UCSB and SBCC, and he later brought his down-to-earth style to the City Council. Read story.

Thomas Blatt: 1927-2015

A Witness to the Horrors of Sobibór

Thomas Blatt survived the Sobibór death camp and went on to tell the story the Nazis tried to erase. Read story.

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.

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Billy Mendibles

Happy Birthday Billy You are always in our hearts, we love you and miss you so much. ... Read

Garett Sean Lewis

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Garett, who returned ... Read

Cordelia Earle English

Cordelia Kirkland Earle English (also known as Cordy, Dee, Corky, Dilly and the Caped Grammarian to her ... Read

Richard Glen Moore

Richard Glen Moore, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Chico, CA on April 30. Richard ... Read

Katrina Sue (Tina) Cummings

Tina Cummings passed away peacefully on Sunday May 1st with family and friends at her side. A ... Read

Erline Dessie Goodell

“Each day was a blessing and a gift for me - not one regret left standing” – ... Read

Nicolasa "Nico" Ortega

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/5/1919 DATE OF DEATH: 5/11/2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Lompoc SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Michael Irvine

Michael “Ace” Irvine, 49, passed away peacefully at UCLA Medical Center on Sunday, March 15, 2016 at ... Read

Mark Alan Ravenscroft

DATE OF BIRTH: 7/21/1959 DATE OF DEATH: 5/12/2016 AGE: 56 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending. Read

Esperanza Darbyshire

I wish I could say one more time that I love you. I wish you would come ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

Happy 30th Birthday to Our Wonderful Dylan Your “Go To“ Places…… Rooftops and tree tops Bodies of ... Read

Donald Bruce McGee

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/21/1938 DATE OF DEATH: 5/16/2016 AGE: 78 RESIDENCE: Goleta SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending. Read

James Richard Ayala Jr.

James Richard Ayala Jr., 56, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016, Jimmy Jr. was born on ... Read

Charles Finley Hamilton

Charlie was lovingly referred to at times as “The Energizer Bunny” because of his ability to bounce ... Read

Bobby Purkait

Bobby Purkait unexpectedly passed away on April 19, 2016. Bobby was born on January 10, 1950, in ... Read

Joan Florence Manchak

Our beloved mother Joan Florence Manchak passed away peacefully on April 7th after a twenty year battle ... Read

Angelina Mary Daniels

DATE OF BIRTH: 7/27/1922 DATE OF DEATH: 5/4/2016 AGE: 93RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

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