In Memoriam: Bob Lovejoy, 1948-2018

Started Three Pickles and Saved Jimmy’s

Bob Lovejoy became a regular at Jimmy’s, where the writer has mixed drinks for decades, and entertained them all with great stories and stale jokes. Read story.

Lawrence Bailard Jr.: 1921-2018

Rancher, Ocean Lover

Instead of farming exactly as it had always been done, Lawry chose to grow pumpkins, creating Mr. Bailard’s u-pick pumpkin patch, so successful it put his four children through college. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ken Williams, 1950-2018

Compassionate Friend

Ken Williams walked the streets of Santa Barbara for more than three decades, reaching out to the poor and the marginalized. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ralph Philbrick, 1934-2017

Island Botanist and Environmentalist

Santa Barbara’s plants and habitats lost a knowledgeable friend and supporter with the death of Ralph Philbrick. Read story.

Arve Sjovold: 1935-2018

Trout Fisherman, Water Conservationist

Arve Sjovold's casual observations were spellbinding to his sons; they found the relationship between a small thing or event to larger ones, even those of global proportions. Read story.

Tom Urbanske: 1929-2018

A Life Rich in Memories and Public Service

Much has been said about Tom Urbanske, but his children remember his storytelling and how he loved the Santa Maria Valley. Read story.

In Memoriam: Harris Meisel, MD, 1932-2018

Artist and Healer

Harris Meisel came to Santa Barbara more than 50 years ago to establish the Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital (now Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital), where he built a master tool to marry art and healing science. Read story.

In Memoriam: Jim Ranta, 1946-2018

Aquatics Mentor and Coach

Jim Ranta’s lifelong commitment to club water polo raised the bar for the sport in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Remembering Miloš Forman

A Stranger in Paradise

A stranger in paradise. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sunanta ‘Sunny’ Quinn, 1954-2017

Instant Friend, Family Woman Extraordinaire

The famed bartender at Mel’s, Sunny loved Santa Barbara. And Santa Barbara loved her right back. Read story.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Erro Hvolboll, 1930-2018


Elizabeth was as easy onstage singing in her rich contralto as she was escorting a rattlesnake from her kitchen. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sylvia Short, 1927-2018

Doyenne of Santa Barbara Theater

Actor Sylvia Short was a Shakespeare aficionado, unparalleled storyteller, singer of Irish songs, and longtime resident of Santa Barbara. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ruth Nadel, 1914-2017

Cofounded the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Ruth Nadel’s volunteerism helped create the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and in her career, she pioneered the recognition of women’s paid and unpaid work. Read story.

In Memoriam: Allan Ghitterman, 1924-2018

An Impossible Dreamer

An attorney with a passion for social justice, Allan Ghitterman believed in charity, civic betterment, friends, and family, above all. Read story.

In Memoriam: Virginia Hayes, 1950-2018

Gardening Goddess

Virginia Hayes was known far and wide as an authority on lotus and exotic plants like cycads, which she nurtured at Lotusland as diligently as she raised her children and cherished her friends. Read story. publishes Death Notices, with Service information, at no charge. They appear online and in our Thursday newspaper, if space allows.. Extended Obituaries are also available for a nominal fee.

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Steven "Steve" Bruce Holmstrom

Steve Holmstrom of “Cowboystar Guitars” reunited with his beloved wife, Gail, on July 17, 2018. Steve was ... Read

Miguel Angel Garcia

DATE OF BIRTH: April 7, 1975 DATE OF DEATH: August 11, 2018 AGE: 43 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

Robert Thompson

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 08/07/2018 Age: 65 Occupation: Driver Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Alfred Baltes

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 08/05/2018 Age: 86 Occupation: Owner/Operator Motorcycle Shop Arrangements by: Coast ... Read

Doris Flahive

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 08/10/2018 Age: 91 Occupation: Licensed Vocational Nurse Arrangements by: Coast ... Read

Dorothy C. Campbell

Dorothy Campbell passed away peacefully July 20th at her home in Carpinteria. Born in 1922 to Victor ... Read

Elizabeth Hollingsworth

On August 6, 2018, the world lost the kindest, sweetest, most caring and compassionate woman the world ... Read

Craig Sherson

Craig Sherson was born in Cottage Hospital on April 22, 1956 and spent his entire life in ... Read

M. Lonnie Wu

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, healer, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones July 13, ... Read

Lillian E. Dell

Lillian E. Dell died recently. She was 97 years old. Lillian was very active in volunteer work ... Read

Vernon Earl Cotter

Vernon Earl Cotter Passed away on July 4th, 2018, with his wife Anne at his side. Vern ... Read

Ruth Berry

DATE OF DEATH: 08/04/2018 AGE: 92 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing on August 16th at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Marianne Liepman

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/29/2018 Age: 91 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Linda Marie Hollenhorst Rose

Linda Rose’s world revolved around her love for her family: mom Ceil, sister Kathy, husband Don, and ... Read

Meg Fraser

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/26/2018 Age: 95 Occupation: Poet Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Geoffrey Aggeler

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/31/2018 Age: 78 Occupation: English Professor Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Luke Sky Zepeda

My baby Luke Sky[walker] Zepeda Aka. Cupcake Muffin Fatty mc fat fat My future Don My son ... Read

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