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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.

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.

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Joan Reis

Joan Reis died on September 21. She was born in St Louis, the first of two children ... Read

Bobby Eugene Hodges

Bobby Eugene Hodges, 76, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2016 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara ... Read

Margie Sharpe

Margie Sharpe died peacefully on September 17, 2016. She was born Margaret Elizabeth Benbury on June 28, ... Read

Linda Colleen Conklin Peterson

DATE OF BIRTH: June 8, 1952 DATE OF DEATH: September 16, 2016 AGE: 64 RESIDENCE: Spokane WA, ... Read

Joanne Cora Hull (Dal Pozzo) Carroll

Joanne, our cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother (GramGram), cousin and friend passed away peacefully on September ... Read

William E. Rangel

DATE OF DEATH: 9/11/2016 AGE: 68 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Celebration of Life will be held ... Read

Carmen Vargas

DATE OF DEATH: 9/16/2016 AGE: 71 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending . Read

Lester Wayne Pixler

DATE OF BIRTH: November 1, 1918 DATE OF DEATH: September 15, 2016 AGE: 97 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

Cynthia (Cindy) Gene Nesheim

Cynthia (Cindy) Gene Nesheim passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 16, 2016 in Madison, WI. ... Read

Arthur "Jerry" Boyd Ward

Arthur “Jerry” Boyd Ward (4/9/1932-9/14/2016) grew up in Darien, CT and attended Phillips Academy Andover, MA followed ... Read

Rose Marie Smith-O'Neill

DATE OF BIRTH: 08-13-1925 DATE OF DEATH: 09-18-2016 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Mass; ... Read

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus died on September 13, 2016 after an extended illness. She was born at ... Read

Katherine "K.G." Grgich

Kathy, Our flesh and blood; forever in our heart and souls. September 23rd marks the 3 year ... Read

Therese DeGrood Lord

Therese DeGrood Lord, 59, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in her Santa Barbara home on Sept. ... Read

Walter Gelb

DATE OF DEATH: 9/12/2016 AGE: 98 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. Read

Mark Witold Piasecki

Mark Witold Piasecki, age 78, passed away on Saturday, September 10th. He was born in the Netherlands ... Read

Daniella Dianne Hearn

A life cut short too soon. Daniella was born September 28, 1996 in Santa Barbara, California. She ... Read

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