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Ed Laing : 1933–2016

Democratic Socialist and Secular Humanist

An attorney and philosopher, Ed Laing worked for social justice during the dark days of the McCarthy era and up until he died. Read story.

Andrew David Darke: 1965-2016

Little League Baseball Coach

Andrew Darke's coaching for Little League teams was only a part of his life, but his friendship and demeanor on the field profoundly affected the players and the parents. Read story.

Joan Magruder (1939-2016)

Santa Barbara's Fairy Godmother

Joan Magruder died reluctantly after a lifetime as a blonde hurricane, championing others while overcoming personal fears, and lovingly spoiling her grandchildren. Read story.

Ripkyn Strader-Murphy: 1996 – 2016

In the end, it was Ripkyn's goodness that made you swoon. Read story.

Thomas Myles Steinbeck: 1944-2016

Writer and Raconteur

The writer of several novels and a fierce defender of the works of his father, John, Thomas Steinbeck left with the Perseid meteor shower this year. Read story.

Sue Higman: 1919-2016

A True Pearl's Girl

Feisty and dogged, Sue Higman had learned at Pearl Chase's knee that the good fight was a tireless one, skills she used to save the Wilcox property. Read story.

Manuel Mata Barajas: 1937-2016

Patriarch of the Rose Café #2

After working with his mother at her Haley Street restaurant, Manuel Barajas opened his own Rose Café on the Mesa in 1980. Read story.

Elie Wiesel: 1928-2016

A Remembrance

“When a Jew cries, 20 centuries cry with him or her," he told the author. Read story.

Dennis Spangler: 1953-2016

Fabric Designer, Jewelry Maker

Dennis Spangler made hand-colored fabrics for an exclusive clientele, designed jewelry, and converted found objects into marvelous art pieces. Read story.

Cedric James Robinson: 1940-2016

Uncowed and Unbowed

Cedric James Robinson was born in Oakland, California, on November 11, 1940. Read story.

Robert Klausner: 1926-2016

Power Broker in Santa Barbara for Two Decades

On the frontlines of Santa Barbara environmentalism and politics for two decades, Bob Klausner lent his intellect and intensity to progressive goals. Read story.

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.

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Don Kracke

Artist, Author, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Father Don Kracke often joked that he knew exactly what he wanted his ... Read

Valencia A. Gustafson

DATE OF BIRTH: May 12, 1929 DATE OF DEATH: May 18, 2017 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Alver Herman Smith

Assemblage artist. Again with Father Time and Mother Nature. Read

Raymond Munoz

It is with great sorrow that Raymond, "Uncle Ray," passed away peacefully with his family at his ... Read

Jesus Mendoza Ortega

Jesus Mendoza Ortega, known to his family and many friends as “Guero,” passed away peacefully at his ... Read

Mary Virginia Erickson

Born November 21, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to parents Frances and Sherrod Noe, Mary Virginia Erickson ... Read

Esperanza Darbyshire

May 27, 2012 4:36pm It's been 5 years, that you went to the house of the Lord. ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

May 27, 1986 I went searching for the words today Seeking them in tree tops and silent ... Read

Natalie Torres

DATE OF DEATH: 5/14/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. Read

Douglas Miller

The Reverend Doctor Douglas Miller died peacefully May 2nd at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after a ... Read

Frederick Allen Niediek

Frederick Allen Niediek, 76, died peacefully, Sunday, March 5, 2017 of a sudden Neuroendocrine Tumor, at his ... Read

Tara Cloud

The extraordinary Tara Cloud, traveling scholar, award-winning photographer and blogger (www.travelblog.org /Bloggers/taracloud/), passed away in Arequipa, Peru. ... Read

Patricia Melbye Becchio

Patricia Melbye Becchio, born in Chicago to Gustave and Helen Melbye, came to Santa Barbara at age ... Read

Stephen Thomas Sewell

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will ... Read

Florence Katz

The music stopped for “Aunt Flo,” Florence Katz, May 6, 2017. She was surrounded by memories, friends, ... Read

Renee Marie Callens

DATE OF DEATH: 05/11/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service on Thursday at 2:00 pm ... Read

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola, grandpa extraordinaire, commercial fisherman, war veteran, and survivor of inviting Julia Child over for ... Read

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