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Nancy Walker Koppelman: 1954-2017

The Definition of Feminine Power and Grace

An ambassador without a portfolio and a friend to presidents, Nancy Koppelman's greatest gift was her open heart. Read story.

Jody Lynn Kaufman: 1952-2017

Beautiful and Brilliant

All who knew her counted themselves extremely fortunate to have had Jody Kaufman in their lives. Read story.

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.

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Julio Gonzalez Limón

Julio Gonzalez Limón passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA. Our Lord called ... Read

Julio "Pancho" Carrillo, Jr.

Date of Death: June 15, 2017 Age: 73 Residence: Santa Ynez, CA Services: Funeral Mass will be ... Read

Charlotte Palacios

Charlotte (“Char”) Palacios, 68, passed away peacefully June 1, surrounded by her children. She is survived by ... Read

Dora Luz Perez

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-19-1962 DATE OF DEATH: 06-17-2017 AGE: 55 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary and ... Read

Carol Victoria Dell

Carol Victoria Dell, 71, died June 10 at her home after a long illness. She was born ... Read

Eric Duane Schulenberg

Every day we think of you and miss you. We see you everywhere in the beauty of ... Read

Robert William Clayton

DATE OF BIRTH: February 25, 1932 DATE OF DEATH: June 18, 2017 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Lillian Garcia Pizano

Lillian passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. She was born and raised in East Los Angeles ... Read

George Colin Harrower

George Harrower, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at his long ... Read

Carl Lee Reece

Carl Lee Reece passed away peacefully the early morning of June 16, 2017, at Serenity House in ... Read

Leonard Navarette Rojas

DATE OF BIRTH: 11-06-1955 DATE OF DEATH: 06-13-2017 AGE: 61 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Mass; Friday, ... Read

Earl Gordon Holder

We celebrate the life of Earl Gordon Holder as a man of profound impact on all who ... Read

Penny Ridgeway

Penny Ridgeway, age 70, died peacefully on May 8, 2017, at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California. ... Read

Shirley Hill

After a long battle with breast cancer, Shirley L. Hill, age 73, passed peacefully at Cottage Hospital ... Read

James (Jim) Dixon

James (Jim) Dixon, 69, passed away Saturday, June 10th peacefully at home with his wife, Shelly by ... Read

Whitey (Walter) Stefens

This will be the first Father’s Day, without my Dad, Whitey (Walter) Stefens. A memorial is scheduled ... Read

Robert E. Rowe

DATE OF BIRTH: May 7, 1943 DATE OF DEATH: June 6, 2017 AGE: 74 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

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