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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.

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.

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Mary L. Backstrom

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/3/1931 DATE OF DEATH: 7/22/2016 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private services will ... Read

David Louis Sever

Our beloved David passed peacefully into the arms of His loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 20th ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

Born on August, 14, 1935 to Santiago Ramirez and Maria Elena Flores in El Paso Texas. He ... Read

Guillermo Hector Daniel

Guillermo Hector Daniel was born to Dolores Gandarilla Daniel and Victor Hurtado Daniel on January 20th, 1950. ... Read

Rory Steven Willett

66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at The Serenity House in Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

David Louis Sever

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/10/1930 DATE OF DEATH: 7/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION:A Memorial Service ... Read

Freda Jo Ward

DATE OF BIRTH: 2/10/1941 DATE OF DEATH: 7/18/2016 AGE: 75 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett, 76, of Carpinteria, passed away following a brief illness on March 22, 2016, ... Read

James B. Reigle

Reigle, James B. Age 85, formerly of Flint, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in California. Jim was ... Read

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at ... Read

Carmen Aguirre

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-10-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 07-15-2016 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation; ... Read

Peter Kenneth Worsley

Peter was born in London England and married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957. Leaving ... Read

Susanna Fletcher Higman

Susanna Fletcher Higman was born on July 23, 1919, to Arthur and Suzy Baat. The family moved ... Read

Lorraine "Vickie" Bruce

Vickie Bruce passed away May 10, 2016 in New York City surrounded by her family. She was ... Read

Donald Spencer Martin

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/20/1929 DATE OF DEATH: 7/13/2016 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at 9:30 ... Read

Yvonne Thomas Jarvis

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/4/1935 DATE OF DEATH: 7/11/2016 AGE: 80 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

8-14-1935 to 7-4-2016 Donations appreciated at Gofundme.com Gus Ramirez Memorial Fund Read

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