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.

David P. Wass, 1928-2010

Community Activist

David Wass, my father, was a great man, a lover of nature, actively involved in the community … no, stop. Stop, stop, stop. Read story.

Leatrice Joy Meucci:
1922 - 2010

A Life on the Banks

She didn’t do anything huge or press worthy… she just did thousands of small things with determination, grace, and love… that brought life into focus for her family and friends. Read story.

Mary Lanzisera Partridge

Museum Docent

I have had the fortune of knowing Mary Lanzisera Partridge since she moved to Santa Barbara in 1998 when she was 85 years old. 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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Robert "Bob" F. Zirretta

Robert "Bob" F. Zirretta, 63, passed away on March 19th, 2015 in Santa Barbara. Services are pending. Read

John Steven Harris

Adventurer, traveler and smarter than the president, John Steven Harris aka “Harry” passed with his irreverent sense ... Read

Alberto Paul Pizano

Dedicated Community Advocate and Volunteer Santa Barbara lost a tireless advocate for education and the cultural arts ... Read

Ronald H. Eldridge

Ronald (Ron) Eldridge died peacefully with family at his side, March 2, 2015 at the home he ... Read

Glenn Franklin VanBlaricum

Glenn Franklin VanBlaricum of Goleta, California, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on March 13, ... Read

Flo Hamilton

Flo Hamilton called many places home over the course of her long life, but the Santa Ynez ... Read

Brenda A. Watts

Brenda A. Watts, 91, passed away on March 17th, 2015 in Santa Barbara. No services are planned. Read

Elizabeth "Beth" Pattrick Mackenzie

Elizabeth “Beth” Pattrick Mackenzie, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, has died at age 86 in Pasadena, ... Read

Jeff Bass

Jeff Bass was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947 and moved to LA at the same time ... Read

Jesse Papworth

Jesse Papworth passed away on March 9th at his home in Santa Barbara after a 14 month ... Read

Jonathan Matthew Cox

Jonathan left us unexpectedly on Friday, March 6 at the age of 42 in Santa Barbara. He ... Read

Lavonne Bonnie Friedman

Lavonne “Bonnie” Friedman, 92, passed away on March 13th, 2015. Burial will be in Manilus, IL. Read

Glenn Franklin Van Blaricum

Glenn Franklin Van Blaricum, 94, passed away on March 13th, 2015. Services will be held in Illinois. Read

Ronald J. Faoro D.V.M.

On March 1st, 2015 Ron Faoro was taken from us unexpectedly while paragliding in the skies above ... Read

Sheila Carter Ehrman

Sheila Carter Ehrman of Santa Barbara passed away on February 18, 2015. Sheila will always be remembered ... Read

Joseph Penn Gibson Davis Jr.

Joseph Penn Gibson Davis Jr. was born on March 17, 1953 and left this earth on February ... Read

Joseph Molina

Joseph Molina, 92, passed away in Santa Barbara on March 13th, 2015. Services will be private. Read

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