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Willy Chamberlin: 1940-2015

Expert in County Politics and Team Penning

The former county supervisor brought political power to the North County when he won and lost the same election in 1992. Read story.

Erno Daniel: 1946-2015

Pioneer in Geriatric Medicine

Erno Daniel, MD, practiced at Sansum Clinic since 1978 and was an early pioneer in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, lecturing across the country and writing extensively on the topics. Read story.

Merlyn Kelly: 1941 - 2014

Police Officer, Gentleman, and a Gentle Man

The Santa Barbara Police Department family remembers Merlyn Kelly as a kind and gutsy public servant. Read story.

Gwendolyn DeBard Strong: 2007-2015

A Young, Yet Full, Life Lived

In her 7 years and 9 months, Gwendolyn Strong touched the hearts of many and gave birth to a foundation to fight spinal muscular atrophy. Read story.

Vivian ‘Vie’ Marie Hapeman Obern: 1921 - 2015

Restored Hope House, Championed Trails, a Dedicated Volunteer

Children, bicycles, horses, history, and trails — all became the focus of Vie Obern's forward-looking civic efforts. Read story.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein: 1919-2015

A Member of WWII's White Rose

Dr. George Wittenstein was one of the only survivors of Nazi Germany's White Rose resistance group. Read story.

Antonio Martinez Guevara

1924-2015

The patriarch to a large family of children, friends, and customers, Tony Guevara also turned his hand often to repairs. Read story.

Audie Love: 1941-2015

A Teacher in a Million

Audie Love was a noted art teacher nationally, and his encouragement of many students led to professional art careers. Read story.

Cliff Sponsel: 1910 - 2014

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Cliff Sponsel's life spanned from a one-room schoolhouse to an engineering career to a love of cars to some major philanthropy. Read story.

Clare Conk: 1922-2015

Self-Taught Attorney, Social Justice Advocate

At Community Housing, California Rural Legal Assistance, and S.B.'s Legal Defense Center, Clare Conk worked and volunteered her time for social justice. Read story.

Dr. John D. Ehrenborg: 1927 - 2015

Innovative Educator

A student at Hope School and a longtime principal at Monte Vista, John Ehrenborg encouraged teachers' talents and innovations. Read story.

John Steven Harris: 1942-2015

Bodyworker Extraordinaire

An innovative teacher, John Harris had an uncanny knack with trigger points and big, soft, warm, intelligent, responsive hands and feet. Read story.

Alberto Paul Pizano: 1931-2015

A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Alberto Pizano was a multitalented man who founded nonprofits and had a passion for history. He truly excelled in his ability to communicate through the written word. Read story.

Ronald J. Faoro, DVM: 1954-2015

The Saint of St. Francis Pet Clinic

As a veterinarian, Ron had an intelligence, charisma, and passion that were unparalleled. Many of his first clients remain to this day. Read story.

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Nina Faye Podlesny

Nina Faye Podlesny was born to Leonard Albert Watson and Ada Watson, (née Ada Estelle Crumbly) on ... Read

Patricia Elaine Harris

Patricia Elaine Harris, 49, has passed into eternal peace, Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Serenity House ... Read

Steven M. Cobb

Steven M. Cobb, 70, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 21, 2015. Services Pending. Read

Anna Freidell

Anna M. Freidell, 85, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 21, 2015. A Memorial Service will ... Read

Edward R. Kalman

Edward R. Kalman, 93, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 13, 2015. Private Services. Read

Alan Wallace

On 8/6/15, after a brief but intensive battle with metastatic melanoma, Alan passed away with many friends ... Read

William Sheatsley

William (Bill) Sheatsley was born on November 27, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio. His parents were Erica Rachel ... Read

Doris Mae Quinn

Doris Mae (Moses) Quinn, the proclaimed “Mayor of Medio,” died in her sleep on August 12, 2015. ... Read

Kelly J. Saunders

Kelly J. Saunders, 99, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 18, 2015. Private Services. Read

David K. Winter

David K. Winter went to be with the Lord he so dearly loved on August 15 at ... Read

Eugene Joseph Ceriale

Eugene Joseph Ceriale, 87, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 12, 2015. Graveside service at Goleta ... Read

Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris 49,of Santa Barbara, passed away at Serenity House on August 7, 2015. A Celebration of ... Read

Martin Frost

Martin Frost died suddenly on August 3, 2015, in a diving accident on holiday in the Maldives. ... Read

Bruce Bartlett

Bruce Allan Bartlett passed away peacefully on August 7, 2015, in the loving presence of his family ... Read

Thomas Edgar Sanchez

Thomas Edgar Sanchez, 78, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 5, 2015. No Services. Read

George Edward Scott

Dr. George Edward Scott, born December 4, 1928, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2015 at home ... Read

Margaret Ann Rudell Lydon

Margaret Ann Rudell Lydon, sister, loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away on August ... Read

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