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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.

Louise Boucher: 1930 – 2013

Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader

Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.

Larry Agenbroad: 1933 – 2014

Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend

Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.

Gwen Phillips: 1934-2014

A Champion of Educational Innovation

Her establishment of Open Alternative School opened the door to shared decision-making, hands-on learning, and the wisdom of circle time. Read story.

Agnes Mata Guevara:  1917 - 2014

Matriarch of the Rose Café

When Mamanita began working at the Rose Café in 1945, she worked 16-hour days, seven days a week, for eight years, making 75 cents an hour. Read story.

William Samuel DeMayo: 1921 - 2014

A Return to Freedom

Bill DeMayo was grateful for all life offered, from the GI Bill to the people he met. Read story.

Léni Fé Bland: 1915-2014

A Wise Friend and Philanthropist

Léni Fé Bland was a great friend to the music and dance communities. Read story.

Lynn T. Burtness: 1938 – 2014

Heart of Gold

Our mother's love of sewing continued her entire life, and the layers of our Fiesta flower girl skirts are among our most prized possessions. Read story.

Richard García: 1947–2014

Un Hombre de la Raza

A Vietnam vet and UCSB graduate, García worked for equality for Hispanic peoples. Read story.

Swingin' Dave Collert: 1952-2014

Guitar Master

Master guitarist David Collert was known as “Swingin’ Dave” thanks to his guitar prowess and larger-than-life persona. Read story.

Ralph Fertig: 1939-2014

Bicycle Hero

So many solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety in Santa Barbara can be laid at Ralph Fertig's feet. Read story.

To Richard

Remembering a Neighbor Who Didn't Live in a House

Remembering a neighbor who didn't live in a house. Read story.

Remembering Tom Sneddon

I am the only lawyer who tried six felonies to a jury verdict against TWS, and then I worked for him for 24 years after I quit defense work. Read story.

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Ronald (Ron) Tan

Ronald (Ron) Tan was born April 23, 1949 in China and passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 16, ... Read

Garrett M. Hoffman

Born to Mindy LePley and Gary Hofmann in Fort Bragg, CA. At 3, SBCC Fishing, surfing, Football ... Read

Alexander William Gruenberg

Alexander William Gruenberg passed away at the age of 30 years old, due to unforeseen complications during ... Read

Carmen Webster

Carmen Webster was known for her tremendous smile and great love of nature. Carmen grew up in ... Read

Alan Myles Limberg

Alan Myles Limburg (“Myles”), 89, was born in New York City on December 6, 1925, and passed ... Read

John Reardon Hoyne, Jr.

John Reardon Hoyne, Jr. – brother, son, friend and uncle extraordinaire – died at age 52 just ... Read

John Steven Harris

Adventurer, traveler and smarter than the president, John Steven Harris aka “Harry” passed with his irreverent sense ... Read

Alberto Paul Pizano

Dedicated Community Advocate and Volunteer Santa Barbara lost a tireless advocate for education and the cultural arts ... Read

Robert "Bob" F. Zirretta

Robert "Bob" F. Zirretta, 63, passed away on March 19th, 2015 in Santa Barbara. Services are pending. Read

Glenn Franklin VanBlaricum

Glenn Franklin VanBlaricum of Goleta, California, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on March 13, ... Read

Ronald H. Eldridge

Ronald (Ron) Eldridge died peacefully with family at his side, March 2, 2015 at the home he ... Read

Flo Hamilton

Flo Hamilton called many places home over the course of her long life, but the Santa Ynez ... Read

Elizabeth "Beth" Pattrick Mackenzie

Elizabeth “Beth” Pattrick Mackenzie, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, has died at age 86 in Pasadena, ... Read

Brenda A. Watts

Brenda A. Watts, 91, passed away on March 17th, 2015 in Santa Barbara. No services are planned. Read

Jonathan Matthew Cox

Jonathan left us unexpectedly on Friday, March 6 at the age of 42 in Santa Barbara. He ... Read

Jesse Papworth

Jesse Papworth passed away on March 9th at his home in Santa Barbara after a 14 month ... Read

Lavonne Bonnie Friedman

Lavonne “Bonnie” Friedman, 92, passed away on March 13th, 2015. Burial will be in Manilus, IL. Read

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