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Robert H. Foreman: 1924-2012

First Director of Santa Barbara's Redevelopment Agency, the Housing Authority, and the Community Development Department

While his name may be unfamiliar today, our city owes Bob Foreman a great debt. Bob laid solid foundations and set high standards for agencies that have shaped much of our city’s unique physical and economic environment. Read story.

Vickie Marie Wasilko: 1951-2012

Landscaper, Surfer, Santa Barbara Women's Softball Hall of Famer

Vickie grew up with her best friends, Michael, Wendy, and Bonnie. They played in the walnut fields (now the YMCA on Hitchcock) and only came home when the streetlights came on. Read story.

Robert Huttenback: 1928-2012

UCSB Chancellor 1977-86

Robert Huttenback played a key role in the National Science Foundation decision to establish the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. Read story.

Sadnah Lembo: 1939-2012

Healer, Artist, Drummer

Her thriving healing arts practice helped many people heal their physical and emotional ailments. Read story.

Stanley Albert Tysell: 1932-2012

Educator, Musician, Poet, Native American Historian

Stan was a creative and gifted person, a free-spirited dreamer, a beloved friend and family man. Read story.

Jerry Harwin: 1911-2012

Athletic Round Table Co-founder, Leader of Drive to Create Elings Park, Jewelry Store Owner

One of his major legacies is Elings Park, the former landfill that was transformed into a recreational site under his leadership (the access road is named “Jerry Harwin Parkway”). Read story.

Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012

Science-Fiction and Fantasy Author

It took two magical words, “public library,” to get Ray Bradbury to speak at the 2002 Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival. Read story.

Naomi Schwartz: 1934-2012

Coastal Commissioner, Santa Barbara County Supervisor, Activist

There is some truth in the adage that political life attracts some of the best and some of the worst people. Naomi Schwartz was one of the very, very best. Read story.

Loretta Marie Wilson: 1937-2012

Artist, Teacher

Loretta always intended to write her own obituary and share her thoughts and the joys of her life, but must have found something more interesting to do. Read story.

C. Michael Ganschow: 1945-2012

Deputy Public Defender

A brilliant advocate, his contributions to the Santa Barbara Community are widely felt but not widely known. Read story.

Alice Alger Kladnik: 1906-2012

Editor, Activist, Tennis Teacher

During her 67 years as a Santa Barbara resident, Alice, a staunch environmentalist and activist, immersed herself in many volunteer activities until she retired at the age of 103. Read story.

Libby Whaley: 1956-2012

Recreation Therapist, Advocate for the Disabled, Climber, Traveler, Artist Read story.

Levon Helm: 1940-2012

Drummer and Singer for The Band

No other American in the past 50 years did more to put American roots music on the global map than Levon Helm. Read story.

Peter Douglas: 1942-2012

California Coastal Commission Director

Next time you wander down to the shoreline, take a moment to reflect on the life of Peter Douglas and the agency he dedicated his life to creating, sustaining, and leading. Read story.

James Easton Brodhead: 1932-2012

Character Actor, Journalist, Atheist Activist

James Easton Brodhead, character actor, journalist, and atheist activist, died on April 6 of kidney failure in Santa Barbara. He was 80 years old. Read story.

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Joan Reis

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Bobby Eugene Hodges

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Margie Sharpe

Margie Sharpe died peacefully on September 17, 2016. She was born Margaret Elizabeth Benbury on June 28, ... Read

Linda Colleen Conklin Peterson

DATE OF BIRTH: June 8, 1952 DATE OF DEATH: September 16, 2016 AGE: 64 RESIDENCE: Spokane WA, ... Read

Joanne Cora Hull (Dal Pozzo) Carroll

Joanne, our cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother (GramGram), cousin and friend passed away peacefully on September ... Read

William E. Rangel

DATE OF DEATH: 9/11/2016 AGE: 68 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Celebration of Life will be held ... Read

Carmen Vargas

DATE OF DEATH: 9/16/2016 AGE: 71 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending . Read

Lester Wayne Pixler

DATE OF BIRTH: November 1, 1918 DATE OF DEATH: September 15, 2016 AGE: 97 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

Cynthia (Cindy) Gene Nesheim

Cynthia (Cindy) Gene Nesheim passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 16, 2016 in Madison, WI. ... Read

Arthur "Jerry" Boyd Ward

Arthur “Jerry” Boyd Ward (4/9/1932-9/14/2016) grew up in Darien, CT and attended Phillips Academy Andover, MA followed ... Read

Rose Marie Smith-O'Neill

DATE OF BIRTH: 08-13-1925 DATE OF DEATH: 09-18-2016 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Mass; ... Read

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus died on September 13, 2016 after an extended illness. She was born at ... Read

Katherine "K.G." Grgich

Kathy, Our flesh and blood; forever in our heart and souls. September 23rd marks the 3 year ... Read

Therese DeGrood Lord

Therese DeGrood Lord, 59, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in her Santa Barbara home on Sept. ... Read

Walter Gelb

DATE OF DEATH: 9/12/2016 AGE: 98 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. Read

Mark Witold Piasecki

Mark Witold Piasecki, age 78, passed away on Saturday, September 10th. He was born in the Netherlands ... Read

Daniella Dianne Hearn

A life cut short too soon. Daniella was born September 28, 1996 in Santa Barbara, California. She ... Read

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