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Gwendolyn DeBard Strong: 2007-2015

A Young, Yet Full, Life Lived

In her 7 years and 9 months, Gwendolyn Strong touched the hearts of many and gave birth to a foundation to fight spinal muscular atrophy. Read story.

Vivian ‘Vie’ Marie Hapeman Obern: 1921 - 2015

Restored Hope House, Championed Trails, a Dedicated Volunteer

Children, bicycles, horses, history, and trails — all became the focus of Vie Obern's forward-looking civic efforts. Read story.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein: 1919-2015

A Member of WWII's White Rose

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein was a member of WWII's White Rose. Read story.

Antonio Martinez Guevara

1924-2015

The patriarch to a large family of children, friends, and customers, Tony Guevara also turned his hand often to repairs. Read story.

Audie Love: 1941-2015

A Teacher in a Million

Audie Love was a noted art teacher nationally, and his encouragement of many students led to professional art careers. Read story.

Cliff Sponsel: 1910 - 2014

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Cliff Sponsel's life spanned from a one-room schoolhouse to an engineering career to a love of cars to some major philanthropy. Read story.

Clare Conk: 1922-2015

Self-Taught Attorney, Social Justice Advocate

At Community Housing, California Rural Legal Assistance, and S.B.'s Legal Defense Center, Clare Conk worked and volunteered her time for social justice. Read story.

Dr. John D. Ehrenborg: 1927 - 2015

Innovative Educator

A student at Hope School and a longtime principal at Monte Vista, John Ehrenborg encouraged teachers' talents and innovations. Read story.

John Steven Harris: 1942-2015

Bodyworker Extraordinaire

An innovative teacher, John Harris had an uncanny knack with trigger points and big, soft, warm, intelligent, responsive hands and feet. Read story.

Alberto Paul Pizano: 1931-2015

A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Alberto Pizano was a multitalented man who founded nonprofits and had a passion for history. He truly excelled in his ability to communicate through the written word. Read story.

Ronald J. Faoro, DVM: 1954-2015

The Saint of St. Francis Pet Clinic

As a veterinarian, Ron had an intelligence, charisma, and passion that were unparalleled. Many of his first clients remain to this day. Read story.

Tony Johansen: 1937 - 2015

Creator of the Glendessary Jam

Tony Johansen was a mentor to dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians in the Santa Barbara area. Read story.

Jeremy Dennis Hass: 1936-2014

Attorney, Social Engineer, Historian

Pearl Chase encouraged Jeremy Hass to become a social engineer on behalf of historic preservation, and he helped restore the Presidio neighborhood as we know it today. Read story.

Sandra K. Smith: 1946-2014

Loving Kindness Her Religion

Loving kindness was Sandy Smith's religion, and she put her philosophy into practice every day. Read story.

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Katie Burkard Gaston

On July 21, 2015, we unexpectedly lost our mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Katie Burkard Gaston, a ... Read

Carine Esposti

4 AGOSTO 2008 Al mio solo, unico, immenso, incommensurabile AMORE. Per sempre, Guerrino" Read

Marilynn Marie Seekins

Marilynn Marie Seekins, 95, of Santa Barbara passed away on July 28, 2015. Private services. Read

John S. Clark

Lifelong Santa Barbara resident John S. Clark passed away peacefully at Serenity House after a battle with ... Read

Marlene (chi-chi) Bulfone

In loving Memory It has been six years since you left us all and there is not ... Read

Eugene Custer Baum

Eugene Custer Baum passed away on June 17, 2015 at his home in Santa Barbara with his ... Read

Stephen Martin Forrest

Stephen Martin Forrest passed away suddenly on July 19th, at 59 years of age. Steve was born ... Read

Amanda Heming Minsky

Amanda passed peacefully in her home on July 6th, 2015 after a long difficult battle with cancer. ... Read

Stanton J. Peale

Stanton died May 14, 2015 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital from complications of a fall. He had ... Read

Dan P. Parks

...It was another Viva La Fiesta back in 1975 for Realtor Dan P. Parks. Born 04/29/1927 in ... Read

Stanley A. Couzens

Stan Couzens (Butch/Butch Cain) left this world too soon due to brain cancer. He passed peacefully at ... Read

Adeline Hazard Georgi

Adeline Hazard Georgi, 92, formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away on July 12, 2015. SERVICE INFORMATION: A ... Read

Gerald Havens Grant

Gerald Havens Grant, born August 24th, 1945, in Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully in the loving ... Read

Robert W. Killen

Robert W. Killen transitioned at his home in Santa Barbara on Thursday June 4, 2015 after a ... Read

Walter G. Lormer, Jr.

Walter G. Lormer, Jr., 90 of Santa Barbara, passed away on July 12, 2015. Funeral Service - ... Read

Blanche Angelina Pitts

Blanche Angelina Pitts passed away at home on June 16, with her children present, in Santa Barbara, ... Read

Richard Michael Martin

Richard Michael Martin, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Diamond Springs, California, on July ... Read

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