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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.

Kenji Ota: 1923 - 2015

Martial Arts and Ballroom Dance Sensei

Gruff, warm, commanding, and relentlessly generous, Ken Ota combined the teaching of martial arts and ballroom dance. Read story.

Ed Mannon: 1953 - 2016

Homeless Rights Advocate, Street Person

Ed Mannon occupied the epicenter of homeless activism in the 1980s, challenging the "no camping" ordinance and getting voting rights for people with no "fixed domicile." Read story.

J.J. Hollister III: 1932-2016

Gaviota Rancher, Raconteur

An attorney, rancher, and grand storyteller, J.J. Hollister left a legacy of civic and family pride. Read story.

Haskell Wexler: 1922-2015

The People’s Cinematographer

Haskell Wexler earned Oscars for producing a short film and two for cinematography, and recognition at Cannes along the way. Read story.

Helen Stathis: 1930-2015

Inspired the Greek Festival

Bringing the warm hospitality of her Greek heritage to her adopted city, Helen Stathis sparked the first of Santa Barbara's decades of Greek Festivals in 1973. Read story.

Hilda (Shanta-Ma) Densmore: 1915-2015

The Original 'Hugging Mother'

Nothing in Shanta-Ma's brutal early life would suggest she'd live an increasingly loving and openhearted 100 years. Read story.

Dennis Rickard: 1953–2015

Old Spanish Days Leader

Dennis Rickard's involvement in Fiesta started when he was 2 and culminated in his role as El Presidente. Read story.

Steve Malone: 1949-2015

Photographed Santa Barbara for 43 Years

Photographer Steve Malone spent his life capturing the essential moments in the life of our town. Read story.

Dan Poynter: 1938-2015

Legendary Author and Self-Publishing Pioneer

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual guided countless authors' manuscripts into becoming books. Read story.

Kenneth Storey Korten: 1954 - 2015

A Gifted Artist Who Lived Simply

Santa Barbara artist Kenneth Korten created beautiful objects through careful observation and patient craftsmanship, and he walked gently on this earth. Read story.

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Marion Frances Fortunado

Marion Frances Loftus Fortunato was born on March 20, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. She was the ... Read

Manuel Orozco

DATE OF DEATH: 8/28/2016 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at 9:00am on Friday with ... Read

Gerald Michael McGrath

DATE OF BIRTH: 04-15-1941 DATE OF DEATH: 08-29-2016 AGE: 75 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary; ... Read

Betty Stephens

DATE OF BIRTH: 10-09-1949 DATE OF DEATH: 08-27-2016 AGE: 66 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: No ... Read

Frances Scafidi

October 10, 1920-August 29, 2016 Read

Michelle Jones Leder

Michelle Jones Leder, cherished first child, mother, wife, sister, aunt, died peacefully at home early Saturday morning ... Read

Audrey Louise Davis

Audrey Louise Davis passed away peacefully on August 22, 2016 in Santa Barbara. At 90 years old, ... Read

Carol Carrig, IHM

Carol Carrig, IHM, died on August 20 at Serenity House ­­­­in Santa Barbara. Cancer claimed her life ... Read

Helen Georges

Mom passed away peacefully at home July 4, 2016. She was 92. Raised in Santa Barbara, she ... Read

Frances Berendsen

Frances Harriet Berendsen, 100, of Santa Barbara California, passed away August 19, 2016. She went on her ... Read

Jennie Beltran

In Loving Memory of Jennie Beltran My Jen Jen, I can’t believe it has been a year ... Read

Edwin Ryder Edwards

Edwin Ryder Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, October 7, 1922 to Emma Holland Ryder Edwards ... Read

Joseph Patarak

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-20-1920 DATE OF DEATH: 08-20-2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: No ... Read

John Robert (J.R., Bob) Haller

John Robert (Bob) Haller, renowned California botanist, inspirational teacher, and mentor to so many, died on August ... Read

Ronald Grant Robertson

DATE OF BIRTH: December 22, 1938 DATE OF DEATH: August 19, 2016 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria , ... Read

Mack Stanton

Remembering Mack Mack Stanton 02-05-37 to 09-07-09 You've been gone for seven years now, but I still ... Read

Dr. Gino C. Battistone

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, of Silver Spring, MD. Born in Baltimore, MD. He was a graduate ... Read

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