Hal Kornell: 1919-2011

Hal Kornell died, quietly and without pain, at beautiful, beautiful Sarah House, in the depth of the night, with the rain outside his window. Like everyone on these pages, the reality of his life was richer and more strange than can be packaged into a few words. Read story.

Marvin Valentine: 1958-2011


Marvin was a gifted vocalist and instrumentalist, an arranger, proficient on guitar—but where his genius really shone was his extraordinary prowess on piano and keyboard. Read story.

Robert Francis Phillips: 1921-2011

Robert Francis Phillips, the husband and silent partner of noted Goleta civic activist and slow-growther Harriett Phillips, died last week at the age of 89. Read story.

Stephen Hahn 1921 - 2011

Art Dealer Financed Music Academy’s Concert Hall

Art collectors, music lovers, friends, and family alike will surely miss Stephen Hahn, the distinguished billionaire art dealer, philanthropist, and Montecito resident who passed away on Saturday, April 2. Read story.

Carmelita Ortega Leyva, 1918 - 2011

Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Presidio Comandante

Our friendship flowered in a place, Arroyo Hondo Ranch, meaning Deep Creek, a beautiful sandstone canyon on the Gaviota Coast, of sandstone walls carved by the water that runs out to sea. Read story.

Warren M. Christopher: 1925 – 2011

Summerland Resident Served in Two Presidential Cabinets

Summerland resident served in the cabinets of Presidents Clinton and Carter; headed Warren Commission that reformed LAPD. Read story.

Neal Taylor: 1932-2011

Ultimate Outdoorsman

I can hardly conceive of a world without Neal Taylor, one of the great personalities of our time. Read story.

Danny Lee McLaughlin, Jr.: 1966-2011


Suicide is so glaring that we sometimes focus on that aspect of death rather than the person. Let me try and bring you a view of who Danny, the person, really was. Read story.

Alfred Moir: 1924-2010

Art Professor and Collector

Four days before Alfred Moir passed away on November 13, his booming voice could still be heard from afar on the UCSB campus, announcing a buoyant presence which always seemed a bit larger than life and is bound to go on growing posthumously, the way legends do. Read story.

Richard Legrand: 1926-2011

Banjo Player

Richard was one of he most talented musicians I have ever known, and he played his beloved tenor banjo right up until a week before his death. Read story.

Sister Sylvianne Mattern: 1916-2011

St. Francis Hospital CEO

The arrival of Sister Sylvianne’s skills was a godsend, coming at a time when financial resources were in such short supply that the plan was to eliminate beds and mental health services. She leaves a legacy of fundraising and renovation. Read story.

Jeff White, 1938-2010

Surfer, Board Shaper, Surf-n-Wear Founder

Surfers have a way of lavishing the word "legend" upon one another when an individual has performed well or achieved something noteworthy within the surfing community. Read story.

Dave McEachen 1944-2010


The world lost a beloved educator and community member when Dave McEachen experienced sudden cardiac death on Sunday, November 21, while racing his sailboat. Read story.

Patricia Rushton, 1940-2010

Harpist, Composer, Artist

I only knew her for her last five years on this Earth, so I can’t speak for what she was like as a younger being, but I believe her glow was something that just kept deepening with age. Read story.

Sheila Holenda, 1962-2010

Experimental Performer and Singer

Sheila’s unique contribution to the musical scene was her sophisticated wit and intelligence, and boundless energy that generated parodies of artistic self-seriousness. Read story. publishes Death Notices, with Service information, at no charge. They appear online and in our Thursday newspaper. Extended Obituaries are also available for a nominal fee.

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Sylvia Valenzuela

Sylvia was born February 16, 1926 in London, England to Leonard (Pop) and Hannah (Nan) Lee, and ... Read

Samuel Thomas Hurst IV

Sam Hurst died peacefully at his home in Montecito on April 10 of natural causes. He was ... Read

Aurelio Lomeli Nunez, Sr.

Aurelio Lomeli Nuñez Sr. of Santa Barbara passed away on April 15, 2015, in his hometown of ... Read

Reverend Jerome Smith

Born on August 4, 1919 in Santa Barbara to Joseph and Susie Smith. He attended schools in ... Read

Richard Langley Schall

Richard Langley Schall, greatly loved and respected husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle died April 18, 2015, ... Read

Larry Ariew

Our community has lost an exceptional man. On April 9th, Larry Ariew died peacefully at Sarah House ... Read

S. Robert Bronfen

Sanford Robert Bronfen, known as Bob or Bobby to those who loved him, passed away peacefully in ... Read

Horace James Schooter

Jim Schooter, 80, died peacefully in his sleep on Easter morning, April 5, 2015. Jim will be ... Read

Francis Walter Rowbottam

Our beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, and husband, Frank Rowbottam, was born to Evelyn and Walter Rowbottam ... Read

Warren Paul "Doc" Berry

Doc was born July 1, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The family moved to Estes Park, Colorado and ... Read

Jonee Grat

Jonee Grat, 86, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2015 surrounded by her ... Read

Alan Myles Limberg

Alan Myles Limburg (“Myles”), 89, was born in New York City on December 6, 1925, and passed ... Read

Alexander William Gruenberg

Alexander William Gruenberg passed away at the age of 30 years old, due to unforeseen complications during ... Read

Ronald (Ron) Tan

Ronald (Ron) Tan was born April 23, 1949 in China and passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 16, ... Read

Carmen Webster

Carmen Webster was known for her tremendous smile and great love of nature. Carmen grew up in ... Read

Garrett M. Hoffman

Born to Mindy LePley and Gary Hofmann in Fort Bragg, CA. At 3, SBCC Fishing, surfing, Football ... Read

John Reardon Hoyne, Jr.

John Reardon Hoyne, Jr. – brother, son, friend and uncle extraordinaire – died at age 52 just ... Read

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