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Robert 'Rocky' Hilton: 1947-2012

Musician, Raconteur, Father, Irreplaceable Character

He preferred to be called Robert, but other monikers included "Mr. Personality," "Uncle Daddy," "El Cremo del Whippo," and some inappropriate for print. Read story.

Glenn Parks: 1921-2013

Gaviota Sharecropper

When he was working, which was always, Glenn Parks smelled of diesel fuel, malva weed, stale coffee, and the half-dozen dogs that perched in the back of his primeval jeep. Read story.

Robert Wilmott: 1948-2013

Graphic Artist, Santa Barbara Bowl Assistant House Supervisor

Although it should have been much longer, we are all fortunate to have had Robert in our lives. It's sad that we'll will never see his smiling face, or hear his cheery voice and laugh again, but he'll always be with us in our hearts. Read story.

Huell Howser: 1945-2013

Television Tourist; Lover of California; Charismatic Soul

Remembering the man behind California's Gold. Read story.

Alexandra Joyce Tang: 1988-2012

Daughter, Sister, Niece, Cousin, Friend

As soon as I heard I had a baby sister, I jumped for joy off every piece of furniture imaginable and sang at the top of my lungs. Read story.

Amelia Frank: 1936-2012

Ombudsperson, Animal Lover, Environmentalist, Left-Wing Democrat

My friend Amelia Frank was not a very public person, but her life was lived with the public good in mind. Read story.

James Victor: 1950-2012

Artist, Father, Extreme Athlete, Burning Man

His connection to the source of it all, and his ability to serve as a conduit to shower us all in beauty, will never be forgotten. Read story.

Dave Brubeck: 1920 – 2012

Jazz Great Brubeck Loved Coming to Santa Barbara

Pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died on December 5 at age 92, left a lasting mark not only on jazz but also on world culture. Read story.

Barry Alan Berkus: 1935-2012

Architect, Adventurer

The internationally renowned architect designed more than 600,000 residences, many on the South Coast. Read story.

Eleanor Anne Knapp Reynolds: 1915-2012

Advocate for Seniors

Eleanor attracted many people with her ready laugh, her great joy of life, her interest in others and their lives, and her empathy for those in need. Read story.

Swami Swahananda: 1921-2012

Head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California

Swahananda was a sannyasin of unconditional renunciation and a scholar with a bottomless curiosity about the world, renowned for his compassion, his flawless memory – and his insatiable appetite for jokes. Read story.

Andrew L. Jackson, 1958-2012

“The Guitar Chameleon”

The passionate and graceful way Andrew played brought joy to others, and that fueled his creativity in return. Read story.

Phyllis Zimmerman: 1934-2012

Choir Director

Never once did I come through my dear friend Phyllis Zimmerman's door, in all the years I visited her, to hear music playing. I came to realize that only a caretaker of silence can be a true caretaker of sound. Read story.

Jim Lindsey: 1933-2012

Advertising Executive, Civic Activist

With Lindsey a principal on the account, Toyota and the advertising firm made history in the creation of image — including the jingle, "You asked for it, you got it, Toyota!" Read story.

Bobby Isaacson, 1948-2012

Storyteller, Teacher, Rancher, Friend

Remembering the storyteller, teacher, rancher, and friend. Read story.

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Hunter Gough

On your birthday, a wonderful tribute from our dear friend. We love you Hunter… Mom, Dad and ... Read

Peter Ewanick

Peter Ewanick was born on 23 May 1919 in Forestville, Pennsylvania, to Ukrainian immigrants who had fled ... Read

Carl Stanton Young

DATE OF DEATH: 8/2/2017 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Memorial Service will be held at ... Read

Bernice Sciorra Anfuso

Army veteran, high-school English teacher, travel agent, active parishioner at Old Mission Santa Barbara (lector/docent/office assistant), and ... Read

Robert Leon Casier

Robert (Bob) Casier, a popular local professor of political science and a leading faculty figure in the ... Read

Daniel J. Meaney III

Daniel J. Meaney III, age 57, died at his home in Fortuna, California, on the night of ... Read

Winifred "Freddie" Mae Jorgensen

“Freddie” Jorgensen died peacefully at her Maravilla home in Santa Barbara, California on August 12, 2017. She ... Read

Penelope "Penny" Gemar

County Residence: Carpinteria Date of Death: 08/05/2017 Age: 73 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Margo Chase

Margo Su Chase lost her life in an airplane accident on July 22 in Apple Valley. Margo ... Read

Stephen A. Katz

Stephen A. Katz, sixty-one, of Santa Barbara, died peacefully at home on August 5th after a battle ... Read

Carlos Jimenez Sr.

DOD: 08/01/17 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICES: Friday, August 11 at 10:00am at our Lady ... Read

Theresa Savala

DOD: 08/02/17 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Orcutt, CA SERVICES: N/A Read

Jose Luis Saleta

Jose Luis Saleta passed away on August 3, 2017, after a 2-year battle with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral ... Read

Elbert George Wells III

Elbert George Wells III, age 63 of Santa Barbara, Ca passed away of natural causes on July ... Read

Scott Jay Stephens

Scott Jay Stephens passed away peacefully June 16th, 2017 at his home in Long Beach, CA. His ... Read

Elisa C. Merkl

The daughter of Sara and Antony DaCruz, Lisa was born in Coimbra, Portugal in the winter of ... Read

Margaret Pineda Padilla

DATE OF DEATH: 8/1/2017 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service on Thursday at 11:00 ... Read

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