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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.

Darcy Aston: 1959-2014

Watershed Woman

Though Darcy has passed on, her signs can be found, literally, around town: interpretive signs about plants and animals and “no dumping, drains to ocean” signs on storm drains. Read story.

Thomas W. Sneddon, Jr.: 1941 – 2014

A Great and Caring District Attorney

Santa Barbara County's District Attorney from 1983-2006, Tom loved his family first, then his job, friends, softball, golf, and Notre Dame. Read story.

Rob Puddicombe: 1950-2014

Compassionate Activist

An activist to save I.V.'s Perfect Park, he also tried to prevent the extermination of the black rats of Anacapa Island. Read story.

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Katie Burkard Gaston

On July 21, 2015, we unexpectedly lost our mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Katie Burkard Gaston, a ... Read

Carine Esposti

4 AGOSTO 2008 Al mio solo, unico, immenso, incommensurabile AMORE. Per sempre, Guerrino" Read

Marilynn Marie Seekins

Marilynn Marie Seekins, 95, of Santa Barbara passed away on July 28, 2015. Private services. Read

John S. Clark

Lifelong Santa Barbara resident John S. Clark passed away peacefully at Serenity House after a battle with ... Read

Marlene (chi-chi) Bulfone

In loving Memory It has been six years since you left us all and there is not ... Read

Eugene Custer Baum

Eugene Custer Baum passed away on June 17, 2015 at his home in Santa Barbara with his ... Read

Stephen Martin Forrest

Stephen Martin Forrest passed away suddenly on July 19th, at 59 years of age. Steve was born ... Read

Amanda Heming Minsky

Amanda passed peacefully in her home on July 6th, 2015 after a long difficult battle with cancer. ... Read

Stanton J. Peale

Stanton died May 14, 2015 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital from complications of a fall. He had ... Read

Dan P. Parks

...It was another Viva La Fiesta back in 1975 for Realtor Dan P. Parks. Born 04/29/1927 in ... Read

Stanley A. Couzens

Stan Couzens (Butch/Butch Cain) left this world too soon due to brain cancer. He passed peacefully at ... Read

Adeline Hazard Georgi

Adeline Hazard Georgi, 92, formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away on July 12, 2015. SERVICE INFORMATION: A ... Read

Gerald Havens Grant

Gerald Havens Grant, born August 24th, 1945, in Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully in the loving ... Read

Robert W. Killen

Robert W. Killen transitioned at his home in Santa Barbara on Thursday June 4, 2015 after a ... Read

Walter G. Lormer, Jr.

Walter G. Lormer, Jr., 90 of Santa Barbara, passed away on July 12, 2015. Funeral Service - ... Read

Blanche Angelina Pitts

Blanche Angelina Pitts passed away at home on June 16, with her children present, in Santa Barbara, ... Read

Richard Michael Martin

Richard Michael Martin, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Diamond Springs, California, on July ... Read

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