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Tony Johansen: 1937 - 2015

Creator of the Glendessary Jam

Tony Johansen was a mentor to dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians in the Santa Barbara area. Read story.

Jeremy Dennis Hass: 1936-2014

Attorney, Social Engineer, Historian

Pearl Chase encouraged Jeremy Hass to become a social engineer on behalf of historic preservation, and he helped restore the Presidio neighborhood as we know it today. Read story.

Sandra K. Smith: 1946-2014

Loving Kindness Her Religion

Loving kindness was Sandy Smith's religion, and she put her philosophy into practice every day. Read story.

Louise Boucher: 1930 – 2013

Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader

Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.

Larry Agenbroad: 1933 – 2014

Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend

Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.

Gwen Phillips: 1934-2014

A Champion of Educational Innovation

Her establishment of Open Alternative School opened the door to shared decision-making, hands-on learning, and the wisdom of circle time. Read story.

Agnes Mata Guevara:  1917 - 2014

Matriarch of the Rose Café

When Mamanita began working at the Rose Café in 1945, she worked 16-hour days, seven days a week, for eight years, making 75 cents an hour. Read story.

William Samuel DeMayo: 1921 - 2014

A Return to Freedom

Bill DeMayo was grateful for all life offered, from the GI Bill to the people he met. Read story.

Léni Fé Bland: 1915-2014

A Wise Friend and Philanthropist

Léni Fé Bland was a great friend to the music and dance communities. Read story.

Lynn T. Burtness: 1938 – 2014

Heart of Gold

Our mother's love of sewing continued her entire life, and the layers of our Fiesta flower girl skirts are among our most prized possessions. Read story.

Richard García: 1947–2014

Un Hombre de la Raza

A Vietnam vet and UCSB graduate, García worked for equality for Hispanic peoples. Read story.

Swingin' Dave Collert: 1952-2014

Guitar Master

Master guitarist David Collert was known as “Swingin’ Dave” thanks to his guitar prowess and larger-than-life persona. Read story.

Ralph Fertig: 1939-2014

Bicycle Hero

So many solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety in Santa Barbara can be laid at Ralph Fertig's feet. Read story.

To Richard

Remembering a Neighbor Who Didn't Live in a House

Remembering a neighbor who didn't live in a house. Read story.

Remembering Tom Sneddon

I am the only lawyer who tried six felonies to a jury verdict against TWS, and then I worked for him for 24 years after I quit defense work. Read story.

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Nina Faye Podlesny

Nina Faye Podlesny was born to Leonard Albert Watson and Ada Watson, (née Ada Estelle Crumbly) on ... Read

Patricia Elaine Harris

Patricia Elaine Harris, 49, has passed into eternal peace, Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Serenity House ... Read

Steven M. Cobb

Steven M. Cobb, 70, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 21, 2015. Services Pending. Read

Anna Freidell

Anna M. Freidell, 85, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 21, 2015. A Memorial Service will ... Read

Edward R. Kalman

Edward R. Kalman, 93, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 13, 2015. Private Services. Read

Alan Wallace

On 8/6/15, after a brief but intensive battle with metastatic melanoma, Alan passed away with many friends ... Read

William Sheatsley

William (Bill) Sheatsley was born on November 27, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio. His parents were Erica Rachel ... Read

Doris Mae Quinn

Doris Mae (Moses) Quinn, the proclaimed “Mayor of Medio,” died in her sleep on August 12, 2015. ... Read

Kelly J. Saunders

Kelly J. Saunders, 99, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 18, 2015. Private Services. Read

David K. Winter

David K. Winter went to be with the Lord he so dearly loved on August 15 at ... Read

Eugene Joseph Ceriale

Eugene Joseph Ceriale, 87, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 12, 2015. Graveside service at Goleta ... Read

Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris 49,of Santa Barbara, passed away at Serenity House on August 7, 2015. A Celebration of ... Read

Martin Frost

Martin Frost died suddenly on August 3, 2015, in a diving accident on holiday in the Maldives. ... Read

Bruce Bartlett

Bruce Allan Bartlett passed away peacefully on August 7, 2015, in the loving presence of his family ... Read

Thomas Edgar Sanchez

Thomas Edgar Sanchez, 78, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 5, 2015. No Services. Read

George Edward Scott

Dr. George Edward Scott, born December 4, 1928, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2015 at home ... Read

Margaret Ann Rudell Lydon

Margaret Ann Rudell Lydon, sister, loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away on August ... Read

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