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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.

Muhammad Ali: 1942-2016

The Conscience of a Generation

Muhammad Ali, an ever greater showman, put it all on the line time after time in the ring, in his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and in his embrace of Islam. Read story.

Margaret "Peggy" Louise Hurst: 1930-2016

A Passion for the Road

Peggy Hurst is remembered as a "home economist" extraordinaire with a passion for hitting the road. Read story.

Jonathan Edward Bailey: 1952-2016

A Good Cop

Jon Bailey enjoyed being a guardian. He was good at it, because he loved what he did. Read story.

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.

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Frances Berendsen

Frances Harriet Berendsen, 100, of Santa Barbara California, passed away August 19, 2016. She went on her ... Read

Helen Georges

Mom passed away peacefully at home July 4, 2016. She was 92. Raised in Santa Barbara, she ... Read

Jennie Beltran

In Loving Memory of Jennie Beltran My Jen Jen, I can’t believe it has been a year ... Read

Edwin Ryder Edwards

Edwin Ryder Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, October 7, 1922 to Emma Holland Ryder Edwards ... Read

John Robert (J.R., Bob) Haller

John Robert (Bob) Haller, renowned California botanist, inspirational teacher, and mentor to so many, died on August ... Read

Joseph Patarak

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-20-1920 DATE OF DEATH: 08-20-2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: No ... Read

Ronald Grant Robertson

DATE OF BIRTH: December 22, 1938 DATE OF DEATH: August 19, 2016 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria , ... Read

Mack Stanton

Remembering Mack Mack Stanton 02-05-37 to 09-07-09 You've been gone for seven years now, but I still ... Read

Dr. Gino C. Battistone

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, of Silver Spring, MD. Born in Baltimore, MD. He was a graduate ... Read

Sandy -Sandy Pants- Sandra D Dog

Born in Santa Barbara. Mother was a purebred Weimaraner, father was a Catahoula who climbed over a ... Read

William (Bill) Francis Shinn

Bill Shinn passed away August 17, 2016 at his home in Goleta, CA. Bill was born February ... Read

Barbara K. Chaney

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/2/1926 DATE OF DEATH: 8/14/2016 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. Read

Gerald S. Thede

Jerry Thede passed away peacefully August 7, 2016 in Santa Barbara from complications of Parkinson’s Disease after ... Read

Geoffrey R. Johnson

Geoffrey R. Johnson passed away on July 26, 2016 in Santa Barbara surrounded by his loving family. ... Read

Norman Wolfgang Jaffe

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1924 DATE OF DEATH: 8/13/2016 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Larry McMullen

A loving Father and husband, Larry McMullen, passed away from Early Onset Alzheimer’s on July 23, 2016. ... Read

Robert Burns Donnelly

DATE OF BIRTH: 8/04/1920 DATE OF DEATH: 8/14/2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside service Friday ... Read

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