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Muhammad Ali: 1942-2016

The Conscience of a Generation

Muhammad Ali, an ever greater showman, put it all on the line time after time in the ring, in his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and in his embrace of Islam. Read story.

Margaret "Peggy" Louise Hurst: 1930-2016

A Passion for the Road

Peggy Hurst is remembered as a "home economist" extraordinaire with a passion for hitting the road. Read story.

Jonathan Edward Bailey: 1952-2016

A Good Cop

Jon Bailey enjoyed being a guardian. He was good at it, because he loved what he did. Read story.

Walter Kohn: 1923-2016

Nobel Laureate, Physicist, Peace Advocate

Though science and physics were his life, Walter Kohn was a humanist, artist, and philosopher who mentored and inspired students and colleagues alike. Read story.

Harold ‘Rusty’ Fairly: 1932-2016

Athlete, Coach, City Councilmember

Rusty Fairly was a tough football and baseball coach for UCSB and SBCC, and he later brought his down-to-earth style to the City Council. Read story.

Thomas Blatt: 1927-2015

A Witness to the Horrors of Sobibór

Thomas Blatt survived the Sobibór death camp and went on to tell the story the Nazis tried to erase. Read story.

George Gaynes: 1917-2016

Gifted Actor of Many Genres

The gifted actor’s career spanned multiple decades and genres. Read story.

Weidong 'Henry' Han, Huijie 'Jennie' Yu, and Emily Han

Irreplaceable Loss to the Community

The grief and disbelief over the horrifying murders of herbalist Henry Han, Jennie Yu, and Emily Han are powerful testimony to the place they held in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Hilda Wenner: 1935-2016

Folk Musician and Teacher

Many remember the Adult Ed classes taught by Hilda Wenner, with a roomful of guitars propelling the music forward. Read story.

Jean Louise Thomson: 1958-2016

Cyclist, Swimmer, Gardener, Friend

A big, happy kid who loved to play outside, Jean Thomson had a cheerful enthusiasm that won her friends everywhere she went. Read story.

John Joseph Alvarado: 1933-2016

A Very Good Life

Relatives, friends, and customers alike remember John Alvarado's integrity and kindness; he leaves behind a proud heritage. Read story.

George Solinas: 1926-2015

A Builder of Community

George Solinas worked with the United Farm Workers, La Casa de la Raza, and many others who needed his artistry and building skills. Read story.

William Matthew Connell: 1954-2016

Hot Dog Man, Legislative Crusader

Bill Connell nourished customers with hot dogs and wise-cracking asides at his Carpinteria Bluffs stand — with which he won for all veteran vendors tax-free status. Read story.

Dr. Marianna Masin: 1918-2015

Distinguished Cancer Researcher

A survivor of Majdanek prison camp, Dr. Marianna Masin pioneered early cancer detection with her husband at Sansum Medical Research Foundation. Read story.

James Louis Pattillo: 1920-2015

One of the Greatest Generation

From humble beginnings, Jim Pattillo became a decorated WWII pilot and judge of the Santa Barbara courts. Read story.

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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

Cresenciano Hernandez (Chano/Joe) Vazquez

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

Patricia McCloskey

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

Don Warren

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

Elizabeth Erin Neal

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

Maria Elena Lorca

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

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

Raymond B. Robins

Raymond B. Robins, a much beloved husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully on November 19, 2016. Loyal, ... Read

Darla Jean Hodosy

Darla Jean Hodosy, age 53, passed away in her Goleta home on November 4th, 2016. Born in ... Read

Mary Lou Kravetz

Mary Lou Kravetz, age 72, passed away in Santa Barbara, CA on Sunday November 13th, 2016 after ... Read

Darla Hodosy

2/4/1963 - 11/4/2016 Service to be held Saturday 12/3/16 from 2-3 pm at Chase Pavilion on the ... Read

Elizabeth Neal

DATE OF BIRTH: September 24, 1968 DATE OF DEATH: November 16, 2016 AGE: 48 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Ward Bayly

R. Warder Bayly was born the 19th, October, 1948 in Orange, California. Ward passed away September 7th, ... Read

Joseph Edward Renga

Sometimes we wake up and have an almost undetectable feeling that our world has changed. If you ... Read

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