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John W. Carpenter: 1929-2017

Formative Santa Barbara County Sheriff

The county's sheriff from 1971-1990, John Carpenter modernized the department with a combination of planning and political astuteness. Read story.

Maureen Lance: 1938-2017

The Bird Lady

“Are you the bird lady?” For many years after failing eyesight forced Maureen Lance to give up caring for injured or orphaned birds, she would get such phone calls and was able to direct the caller to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Read story.

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.

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Mary Virginia Erickson

Born November 21, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to parents Frances and Sherrod Noe, Mary Virginia Erickson ... Read

Esperanza Darbyshire

May 27, 2012 4:36pm It's been 5 years, that you went to the house of the Lord. ... Read

Natalie Torres

DATE OF DEATH: 5/14/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

May 27, 1986 I went searching for the words today Seeking them in tree tops and silent ... Read

Frederick Allen Niediek

Frederick Allen Niediek, 76, died peacefully, Sunday, March 5, 2017 of a sudden Neuroendocrine Tumor, at his ... Read

Douglas Miller

The Reverend Doctor Douglas Miller died peacefully May 2nd at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after a ... Read

Patricia Melbye Becchio

Patricia Melbye Becchio, born in Chicago to Gustave and Helen Melbye, came to Santa Barbara at age ... Read

Tara Cloud

The extraordinary Tara Cloud, traveling scholar, award-winning photographer and blogger (www.travelblog.org /Bloggers/taracloud/), passed away in Arequipa, Peru. ... Read

Stephen Thomas Sewell

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will ... Read

Florence Katz

The music stopped for “Aunt Flo,” Florence Katz, May 6, 2017. She was surrounded by memories, friends, ... Read

Renee Marie Callens

DATE OF DEATH: 05/11/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service on Thursday at 2:00 pm ... Read

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola, grandpa extraordinaire, commercial fisherman, war veteran, and survivor of inviting Julia Child over for ... Read

Marcelino T. Dorado

DATE OF BIRTH: June 25, 1957 DATE OF DEATH: May 7, 2017 AGE: 59 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Gloria Shepherd

DATE OF BIRTH: 03-06-1937 DATE OF DEATH: 01-27-2017 AGE: 79 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Patricia Johnson Forgie

Patricia Johnson Forgie, age 68, died at Cottage Hospital on May 4th with her family by her ... Read

Betty Lou Bushnell

DATE OF BIRTH: 12-13-1943 DATE OF DEATH: 04-29-2017 AGE: 73 RESIDENCE: Formerly of Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE ... Read

Eugene (Gene) Adam Spaulding

Eugene (Gene) Adam Spaulding, 71, passed away peacefully from complications of pancreatic cancer on the morning of ... Read

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