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Chet Gala: 1933-2011

Balboa Building Superintendent

It was my good fortune to meet Chet Gala almost immediately upon moving to Santa Barbara in 1983 to take a job as reporter with the Santa Barbara News & Review. Read story.

Rachel Oatman Johansen: 1931-2011

Teacher at Starr King Parent-Child Workshop

Rachel Johansen — for 31 years one of the pillars of the Starr King Parent-Child Workshop — was all about giving young minds and souls the freedom to wander, choose, and experiment. Read story.

Richard Rollin Rintoul: 1955-2011

Symphony Conductor, Violinist, Music Professor

Richard’s relationship to rhythms and rests always extended beyond the batons, bows, and body he has now left behind. Read story.

Bess Christensen: 1916-2011

Lompoc Community Activist

Bess was a woman of great strength and integrity who made a positive difference in our community. She was not afraid to get up and tell elected officials they were wrong, but she did it with such civility that often they thanked her and sometimes they changed their former position. Read story.

Michael Henry Shobe: 1954-2011

Acoustic Music Promoter, Botanist

Although Mike Shobe did pass on to some very pearly gates on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we have not completely lost him. He was a legendary figure in our community, and legends never die. Just ask Johnny Appleseed. Read story.

Annette Goodheart: 1935-2011

Laughter Therapist

Annette Goodheart earned an international reputation as author of the book Laughter Therapy: How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn’t Really Funny. Read story.

Remembering Jovani Tovar

Fundraiser This Weekend to Honor Life of Man Killed in State Street Shooting 10 Years Ago

With 10-year anniversary memorial this weekend, friends of man shot dead on State Street discuss his life. Read story.

David Myrick: 1918-2011

Santa Barbara Historian, Author

David F. Myrick is gone now, but his two monumental books about the transition of sleepy Santa Barbara and Montecito into regions of great estates are lasting legacies. Read story.

Jan Tyler: 1935-2011

Escrow Specialist, Traveler

A single mother who built a great life for herself and her children, Jan called many people in Santa Barbara, from the world of real estate to the docks of the harbor, her dear friends. Fair winds and following seas! Read story.

Len Black 1931 – 2011

Actor, Musician, Humorist

It was my good fortune to meet Len in London in 1975. Read story.

Ronald Stetter: 1947-1968

Brother, Soldier

Ronald Thomas Stetter died during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. Read story.

Nina Borie, 1925-2011

Mother, Volunteer, Dancer

She will be missed on the streets of Santa Barbara, where she was often seen walking on State Street, Cabrillo Boulevard, the Harbor, and Stearn’s Wharf. Read story.

Jungle Payne: 1952-2011

Graphic Artist, Musician, Early Bicycling Activist

Jungle Payne was one of the principal, early proponents of a plan for Santa Barbara to accommodate bicyclists, which eventually resulted in the establishment of the bike lanes on Castillo and Bath streets. Read story.

A.R. "Pete" Diamond, Jr.: 1950-2011

Truthseeker, Theologian, Computer Geek, Story Teller

To get a true picture of this beloved man, it’s best to hear from people with whom he shared much of his life. Read story.

Beth Oakes Wood: 1942-2011

A Founding Mother of Goleta Cityhood

Colleagues, friends, and family members recall Mrs. Wood as a tenacious civic activist and a caring educator who fought hard for responsible planning throughout Santa Barbara County. Though she tended to focus her considerable talents on preservation efforts, Mrs. Wood was an outspoken advocate for political involvement by all, and a behind-the-scenes consultant to people across the political spectrum. Read story.

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Nancy Elizabeth May de L'Arbre

Nancy Elizabeth May de L’Arbre passed away peacefully on January 26, 2016. She was born on November ... Read

Anna Jacqueline Rhodes

Happy 29th Birthday Dear Anna. You are loved and missed each day. Read

Gary Lee Peters

Gary Lee Peters, age 69, succumbed to cancer this past Christmas Eve at his home in Neskowin, ... Read

Jimmy Page

In Loving Memory James (Jimmy) Benson Page formerly of Santa Barbara passed away on January 20, 2016 ... Read

Elizabeth Girard

DATE OF BIRTH: 7/21/1916 DATE OF DEATH: 1/24/2016 AGE: 99 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. ... Read

Paul R. Rasmussen

Passed away on February 2, 2016 in Petaluma, CA at the age of 85 years. At his ... Read

Dr. William Stuart Morton-Smith

Dr. William Stuart Morton-Smith passed away in the comfort of his home on January 23rd, 2016 at ... Read

H. Maurice "Reece" France

H. Maurice “Reece” France, 71, succumbed to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease on January 20, 2016, in ... Read

Barbara Turner Sachs

Barbara Turner Sachs, 79, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara, California, after a brief illness. Born Barbara ... Read

Luis Esparza

DATE OF BIRTH: 6/21/1933 DATE OF DEATH: 1/25/2016 AGE: 82 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at ... Read

Linda Joyce Harris

Linda Joyce Harris, 75, of Santa Barbara passed away in the early morning hours on Saturday, Jan. ... Read

Lynda Louise Kinney

A memorial service for Lynda will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 ... Read

Stanley L. Segal

LCDR, USN, Ret DATE OF BIRTH: August 28, 1922 DATE OF DEATH: January 29, 2016 AGE: 93 ... Read

Daniel Peter Parks

...Remembering Realtor Daniel Peter Parks arrived 4-29-27, Schenectady, NY to Peter & Elizabeth Parskocim as one of ... Read

Michael James Dixon

Fun, Jolly – a wonderful one to lead a prayer. Loved to … hunt, fish, cook, woodworking ... Read

Henry Lee Smith

DATE OF BIRTH: July 29, 1928 DATE OF DEATH: January 28, 2016 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Goleta DATE, ... Read

Barbara H. Tompkins

Barbara H. Tompkins' book of life began on August 10, 1923 in Salem, Oregon. She was a ... Read

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