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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.

Joanne Maureen Miller: 1928 - 2014

A Courageous Fighter for Equality

Many remember Jo for serving those less fortunate and for leading community causes. Read story.

John L. Sirois III: 1946-2014

The Sage of Summerland

Smart, steady, and kind, John Sirois was a fine photographer, respected real estate agent, and a regular at the Summerland Post Office. Read story.

Alfred 'Al' Alvarez: 1961-2014

SBPD Records Specialist and Friend

Remembering Al Alvarez, a records specialist at SBPD and friend. Read story.

Lyn Carman: 1936 – 2014

A Friend to All

One of the first U.S. women to cross the finish line in a marathon, Lyn Carman helped raise many children and was a dedicated member of Mission Santa Barbara. Read story.

Bill Hamilton: 1942 – 2014

Sports and Recreation Champion

Despite the loss of the use of his legs, Bill became a swimmer to reckon with and a champion of wheelchair sports. Read story.

Daniel R. Shackman, MD: 1941-2014

Psychiatrist, Musician, Life Partner

Psychiatrist, Musician, Life Partner Read story.

Joan Crowder: 1934-2014

Journalist, Environmentalist, Arts Enthusiast

Joan had an early love affair with newspapers that began with her first sight of a printing press, one of those massive and loud machines that people seldom see or hear today. Read story.

Aloha Wing: 1923-2014

A Light That Just Grew Brighter

Aloha’s long day was ending, following 90 sloppily choreographed Technicolor years. Read story.

David Arthur Sansome Gell: 1943-2014

Blithe Spirit

A musician, composer, and master craftsman, his greatest distinction was as the creator of many, many community music series at Trinity Episcopal Church. Read story.

Fred Eissler: 1922-2014

Mountaineer, Teacher, Dedicated Environmental Activist

Fred’s passion for and commitment to place led him to work tirelessly on behalf of lands ranging from the Sierra Nevada and Santa Ynez Mountains to More Mesa and the Santa Barbara waterfront. Read story.

Leonel Acosta: 1932-2014

From Huetamo to Santa Barbara, Many Times

Born in Huetamo, Michoacán, México, Leonel Acosta inspired his family with his life and his lessons. Read story.

Eva Landecker Menkin: 1923-2014

Therapist, Writer, Tennis Enthusiast, Proprietor of the Menkin Motel

The therapist, author, tennis enthusiast, and proprietor of the Menkin Motel is lovingly remembered by her son. Read story.

Mesa Memories of Chris Whitcraft

Remembering the Winemaker, Friend, Neighbor, and Co-Founder of This Weekend's Santa Barbara Wine Festival

Three friends remember the winemaker, neighbor, and co-founder of this weekend's Santa Barbara Wine Festival. Read story.

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Robert "Bob" F. Zirretta

Robert "Bob" F. Zirretta, 63, passed away on March 19th, 2015 in Santa Barbara. Services are pending. Read

John Steven Harris

Adventurer, traveler and smarter than the president, John Steven Harris aka “Harry” passed with his irreverent sense ... Read

Alberto Paul Pizano

Dedicated Community Advocate and Volunteer Santa Barbara lost a tireless advocate for education and the cultural arts ... Read

Ronald H. Eldridge

Ronald (Ron) Eldridge died peacefully with family at his side, March 2, 2015 at the home he ... Read

Glenn Franklin VanBlaricum

Glenn Franklin VanBlaricum of Goleta, California, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on March 13, ... Read

Flo Hamilton

Flo Hamilton called many places home over the course of her long life, but the Santa Ynez ... Read

Brenda A. Watts

Brenda A. Watts, 91, passed away on March 17th, 2015 in Santa Barbara. No services are planned. Read

Elizabeth "Beth" Pattrick Mackenzie

Elizabeth “Beth” Pattrick Mackenzie, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, has died at age 86 in Pasadena, ... Read

Jeff Bass

Jeff Bass was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947 and moved to LA at the same time ... Read

Jesse Papworth

Jesse Papworth passed away on March 9th at his home in Santa Barbara after a 14 month ... Read

Jonathan Matthew Cox

Jonathan left us unexpectedly on Friday, March 6 at the age of 42 in Santa Barbara. He ... Read

Lavonne Bonnie Friedman

Lavonne “Bonnie” Friedman, 92, passed away on March 13th, 2015. Burial will be in Manilus, IL. Read

Glenn Franklin Van Blaricum

Glenn Franklin Van Blaricum, 94, passed away on March 13th, 2015. Services will be held in Illinois. Read

Ronald J. Faoro D.V.M.

On March 1st, 2015 Ron Faoro was taken from us unexpectedly while paragliding in the skies above ... Read

Sheila Carter Ehrman

Sheila Carter Ehrman of Santa Barbara passed away on February 18, 2015. Sheila will always be remembered ... Read

Joseph Penn Gibson Davis Jr.

Joseph Penn Gibson Davis Jr. was born on March 17, 1953 and left this earth on February ... Read

Joseph Molina

Joseph Molina, 92, passed away in Santa Barbara on March 13th, 2015. Services will be private. Read

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