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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.

Ripkyn Strader-Murphy: 1996 – 2016

In the end, it was Ripkyn's goodness that made you swoon. Read story.

Thomas Myles Steinbeck: 1944-2016

Writer and Raconteur

The writer of several novels and a fierce defender of the works of his father, John, Thomas Steinbeck left with the Perseid meteor shower this year. Read story.

Sue Higman: 1919-2016

A True Pearl's Girl

Feisty and dogged, Sue Higman had learned at Pearl Chase's knee that the good fight was a tireless one, skills she used to save the Wilcox property. Read story.

Manuel Mata Barajas: 1937-2016

Patriarch of the Rose Café #2

After working with his mother at her Haley Street restaurant, Manuel Barajas opened his own Rose Café on the Mesa in 1980. Read story.

Elie Wiesel: 1928-2016

A Remembrance

“When a Jew cries, 20 centuries cry with him or her," he told the author. Read story.

Dennis Spangler: 1953-2016

Fabric Designer, Jewelry Maker

Dennis Spangler made hand-colored fabrics for an exclusive clientele, designed jewelry, and converted found objects into marvelous art pieces. Read story.

Cedric James Robinson: 1940-2016

Uncowed and Unbowed

Cedric James Robinson was born in Oakland, California, on November 11, 1940. Read story.

Robert Klausner: 1926-2016

Power Broker in Santa Barbara for Two Decades

On the frontlines of Santa Barbara environmentalism and politics for two decades, Bob Klausner lent his intellect and intensity to progressive goals. Read story.

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Dr. Joan Grumman

Joan Grumman, Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College from 1972¬1996, passed peacefully at Serenity House ... Read

Patricia Everett Lacks

Dr. Patricia Lacks, age 75, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on December 3, 2016 after a ... Read

Margaret Lopez

Mom your loving caring and a beautiful person to all especially your family and friends you are ... Read

Joy Ivern Fringer Saragosa

On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Joy Ivern Fringer Saragosa, 72, of Santa Barbara, California, passed peacefully from ... Read

Pat Wells Farwell

Pat Wells Farwell was born in Skagway, Alaska on January 26, 1919. He passed away November 19, ... Read

Dan P. Parks

...It was another Mesa Christmas Day back in 1965 for Realtor Dan P. Parks. Born 04/29/1927 in ... Read

Tom Merkel

Tom Merkel age 59 Artist and Friend Tom is survived by his brothers Nicholas, Benjamin, and Henry. ... Read

Herbert R. Pfannenstiel

DATE OF DEATH: 11/23/2016 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 450 Ward Dr. ... Read

Patricia McCloskey

Date of Death: November 29, 2016 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Cresenciano Hernandez (Chano/Joe) Vazquez

We have lost an amazing, kind and loving man that touched so many lives. He left us ... Read

Don Warren

Date of Death: November 15, 2016 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Cresenciano H. Vazquez

DATE OF DEATH: 11/27/2016 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola ... Read

Elizabeth Erin Neal

Elizabeth Erin Neal, 48, passed away November 16, 2016 after a short battle with cancer and pneumonia. ... Read

John Fred Aros

John Fred Aros was born on April 27, 1964 in Santa Barbara, CA and went home to ... Read

Maria Elena Lorca

Maria Elena Lorca, our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, and a long time resident of Old Town ... Read

Maria Elena Lorca

DATE OF DEATH: 11/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at St. Raphaels Church on Wednesday, ... Read

Richard C. Schwartz

In Remembrance of Richard C. Schwartz September 2, 1932-October 28, 2016. Richard passed away in Santa Rosa, ... Read

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