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William Watson: 1948-2012

Software Engineer, Classical Music Supporter

William was particularly enthusiastic in inspiring young people to immerse themselves in music for their own intellectual growth and to ensure the continuation and evolution of classical music. Read story.

Victoria A. (Molly) Lopez: 1921-2012

WWII Repairer of Naval Vessels, Mexican and Chumash Cultural Activist

Molly Lopez (née Ruelas) was the last matriarch of the old families at “Spanish Town," Montecito, California. Read story.

Mary Elon Bell Chatham: 1910-2012

Granny

Sitting at the kitchen table drinking coffee, Granny hears the door open and a cheery little voice. “Look what we have here,” she says as her great-granddaughter, Lexi, marches into the room. Read story.

Lexi Angelina Krasnoff: 2008-2012

3-Year-Old Girl

Lexi was our sweet baby girl, whom we loved more than anything else in the world. She was always affectionate and at times brutally honest. Lexi was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia one week before her second birthday and died at the age of three years after a more than courageous fight. Read story.

Elizabeth D. "Betsey" Ryan: 1920-2012

School Principal, President of Maravilla Residents Council

Since my mom’s death earlier this year, I have had the chance to
 go through many of her little treasures: keepsakes, letters and
postcards, boxes of unsorted photographs. Read story.

Elmer Wilson Koonce: 1916-2012

WWII Pilot, Building Contractor, United Boys & Girls Club Chair

Leiutenant Elmer Wilson Koonce (aka The Falcon, The Sultan of Summerland, and Uncle Bud) passed peacefully, on his 96th birthday, at his home in Santa Barbara, surrounded by loved ones. Read story.

Matt Sanchez: 1959-2012

Founder of AllforOne Youth and Mentoring, Barber

I join many at-risk youth as I mourn for the loss of a dear homeboy and carnal. I grieve for the Sanchez family, as they deal with the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. I pray that the people of Santa Barbara realize they have lost a prince of peace. Read story.

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.

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Dr. Joan Grumman

Joan Grumman, Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College from 1972¬1996, passed peacefully at Serenity House ... Read

Patricia Everett Lacks

Dr. Patricia Lacks, age 75, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on December 3, 2016 after a ... Read

Margaret Lopez

Mom your loving caring and a beautiful person to all especially your family and friends you are ... Read

Joy Ivern Fringer Saragosa

On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Joy Ivern Fringer Saragosa, 72, of Santa Barbara, California, passed peacefully from ... Read

Pat Wells Farwell

Pat Wells Farwell was born in Skagway, Alaska on January 26, 1919. He passed away November 19, ... Read

Dan P. Parks

...It was another Mesa Christmas Day back in 1965 for Realtor Dan P. Parks. Born 04/29/1927 in ... Read

Tom Merkel

Tom Merkel age 59 Artist and Friend Tom is survived by his brothers Nicholas, Benjamin, and Henry. ... Read

Herbert R. Pfannenstiel

DATE OF DEATH: 11/23/2016 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 450 Ward Dr. ... Read

Patricia McCloskey

Date of Death: November 29, 2016 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Cresenciano Hernandez (Chano/Joe) Vazquez

We have lost an amazing, kind and loving man that touched so many lives. He left us ... Read

Don Warren

Date of Death: November 15, 2016 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Cresenciano H. Vazquez

DATE OF DEATH: 11/27/2016 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola ... Read

Elizabeth Erin Neal

Elizabeth Erin Neal, 48, passed away November 16, 2016 after a short battle with cancer and pneumonia. ... Read

John Fred Aros

John Fred Aros was born on April 27, 1964 in Santa Barbara, CA and went home to ... Read

Maria Elena Lorca

Maria Elena Lorca, our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, and a long time resident of Old Town ... Read

Maria Elena Lorca

DATE OF DEATH: 11/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at St. Raphaels Church on Wednesday, ... Read

Richard C. Schwartz

In Remembrance of Richard C. Schwartz September 2, 1932-October 28, 2016. Richard passed away in Santa Rosa, ... Read

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