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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.

Babatunde Folalyemi: 1940-2012

Activist, Artist, former Santa Barbara City Councilmember

It's not easy to bring soulfulness into the world. Many try, and if you have a positive view of human nature, you might say it is what everybody tries to do. Babatunde Folayemi did it. Read story.

Gerda Ursula Zinn (Ambika): 1913-2012

1930s German Actress, Vedanta Society Devotee

“When I heard the door close behind me, I was terrified,” Gerda Zinn recalled, describing her meeting with Adolf Hitler and his flunky Joseph Goebbels. Read story.

Annette S. Hughes: 1920-2012

Homemaker, Mother, Wife

Annette couldn’t help but effortlessly create and maintain a happy, winning, and forever closeknit family – something precious and rare. Read story.

Rath Shelton: 1923-2012

Westmont's Director of Public Relations

His friendliness came from a spirit of both affection and curiosity, and from a conscious sense that we don’t endure life, we celebrate it. Read story.

Selma Rubin: 1915-2012

Activist

Remembering the life of a Santa Barbara grassroots legend. Read story.

Barbara Galloway: 1939-2011

Painter

I met Barbara many years ago at the Sunday art show along Cabrillo Boulevard. Read story.

Marguerite Birch Torbert: 1912-2011

Curator, Editor, and Painter

Meg began to paint seriously only after retirement in 1978 from a 45-year career as a teacher, designer, editor, and curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she hung shows for and wrote articles about many important mid-century artists Read story.

Mike deGruy: 1951-2012

Underwater Cinematographer

Mike was director of photography for a gazillion films and series about ocean animals. He worked for National Geographic and PBS, for BBC and David Attenborough and James Cameron and Turner Broadcasting. His contagious enthusiasm was once graphically captured in his jumping and gesturing during a one-hour film called The Octopus Show, which led to Mike's celebrated TED talk on the creature. Read story.

Jim Cook: 1946-2011

Typesetter, Graphic Designer, Theater Director

He brought an elevated and artistic sensibility to every publication he worked on, from fine cookbooks to student newspapers, literary works to catalogs. Read story.

Berka Smock: 1926-2011

Feline Philanthropist

Berka and her late husband began the Tenth Life Foundation, caring for old and disabled cats. Read story.

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.

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Elise Widen Koelsch

Elise Widen Koelsch, devoted mother of Richard A. Berton and Sharlene Berton Koelsch, passed away peacefully on ... Read

Marjorie Ann Fuller

05/20/16 Age 84 Santa Barbara, CA. Services Pending. Read

Billy Mendibles

Happy Birthday Billy You are always in our hearts, we love you and miss you so much. ... Read

Richard Glen Moore

Richard Glen Moore, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Chico, CA on April 30. Richard ... Read

Garett Sean Lewis

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Garett, who returned ... Read

Cordelia Earle English

Cordelia Kirkland Earle English (also known as Cordy, Dee, Corky, Dilly and the Caped Grammarian to her ... Read

Katrina Sue (Tina) Cummings

Tina Cummings passed away peacefully on Sunday May 1st with family and friends at her side. A ... Read

Nicolasa "Nico" Ortega

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/5/1919 DATE OF DEATH: 5/11/2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Lompoc SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Mark Alan Ravenscroft

DATE OF BIRTH: 7/21/1959 DATE OF DEATH: 5/12/2016 AGE: 56 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending. Read

Erline Dessie Goodell

“Each day was a blessing and a gift for me - not one regret left standing” – ... Read

Michael Irvine

Michael “Ace” Irvine, 49, passed away peacefully at UCLA Medical Center on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

Happy 30th Birthday to Our Wonderful Dylan Your “Go To“ Places…… Rooftops and tree tops Bodies of ... Read

Esperanza Darbyshire

I wish I could say one more time that I love you. I wish you would come ... Read

Donald Bruce McGee

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/21/1938 DATE OF DEATH: 5/16/2016 AGE: 78 RESIDENCE: Goleta SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending. Read

Joan Florence Manchak

Our beloved mother Joan Florence Manchak passed away peacefully on April 7th after a twenty year battle ... Read

Bobby Purkait

Bobby Purkait unexpectedly passed away on April 19, 2016. Bobby was born on January 10, 1950, in ... Read

Charles Finley Hamilton

Charlie was lovingly referred to at times as “The Energizer Bunny” because of his ability to bounce ... Read

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