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Harris Seed: 1927-2017

Attorney, Nonprofit Advocate, Businessperson

Stories about Harris Seed’s forceful negotiating style and business acumen are legion. Read story.

Robinson Jay Eikenberry: 1969-2017

A Life of Light and Love

In the studio, Robinson Eikenberry’s gift was touching souls and allowing musicians to open up and express their soul's voice through their instruments. Read story.

Memoirs of a Traveler

'All the Rest Is Silence'

Ralph Lowe's roving life and perceptions take center stage in his memoirs. Read story.

Evelyn Gerlach: 1920 - 2017

'Be Kind to Yourself and Others'

A longtime marriage and family therapist, Evelyn Gerlach was also a self-taught artist. Read story.

James Meade DeLoreto: 1916-2017

James Meade DeLoreto: 1916-2017

James DeLoreto survived his posting as a WWII glider pilot in Europe and became a well-known attorney, president of the Bar, city councilmember, and Italian vice-consul in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Nancy Walker Koppelman: 1954-2017

The Definition of Feminine Power and Grace

An ambassador without a portfolio and a friend to presidents, Nancy Koppelman's greatest gift was her open heart. Read story.

Jody Lynn Kaufman: 1952-2017

Beautiful and Brilliant

All who knew her counted themselves extremely fortunate to have had Jody Kaufman in their lives. Read story.

John W. Carpenter: 1929-2017

Formative Santa Barbara County Sheriff

The county's sheriff from 1971-1990, John Carpenter modernized the department with a combination of planning and political astuteness. Read story.

Maureen Lance: 1938-2017

The Bird Lady

“Are you the bird lady?” For many years after failing eyesight forced Maureen Lance to give up caring for injured or orphaned birds, she would get such phone calls and was able to direct the caller to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Read story.

Bob Saunders: 1943-2017

The Man Who Loved Horses

A large-animal doctor, Bob Saunders treated cattle, ostriches, llamas, and alpacas during his time, but his business was horses. Read story.

Phil Womble: 1936-2017

A Man Who Never Gave Up

Phil Womble, an inspirational sports fan known as ‘Gaucho Phil,’ was a crusader for people with disabilities. Read story.

Frances Garvin Puccinelli: 1951-2016

A Woman of Action and a Maker

An art lover, rug crafter, and great friend, Fran Puccinelli was described as "the youngest person in the room.” Read story.

Nat Hentoff: 1925-2017

Words as Music to the Ears and Mind

Legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff was also a noted writer about First Amendment rights. Read story.

Corey S. Dubin: 1955-2017

A Powerful Voice and Advocate

Corey Dubin was passionate about social justice and had a true ability to hold political and emotional space for those who had no advocate in this life. Read story.

Michael Waugh Jochim: 1975-2015

A Very Able Individual

Born with a physical disability, Michael Jochim lived a life full of sports, archaeology, beach visits, humor, and freedom. Read story.

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Carmen Palato Aguilar

DATE OF DEATH: 11/17/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday, 7:00pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Susan Marie Wedow

Susan or Suzanne, as she was known by her friends, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on ... Read

Dr. Edward L. Hayes

DATE OF BIRTH: September 26, 1931 DATE OF DEATH: November 20, 2017 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Ramona M. Hernandez

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Ramona M. Hernandez ... Read

George & Mary Jane Spencer

In loving memory, George Little Spencer; March 20, 1921 - November 7, 2017 Mary Jane (Freidell) Spencer; ... Read

Kenneth L Kidd, MD

In Memoriam Kenneth L. Kidd, MD October 3, 1929 - November 6, 2017 Celebration of Life to ... Read

Carmen Palato Aguilar

DATE OF DEATH: 11/17/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday, 7:00pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Betty (Elizabeth) Klausner

Betty (Elizabeth) Klausner was a smart, strong, and determined person who overcame barriers faced by most women ... Read

Allister Bennett "Biff" Cooke

Allister Bennett ‘Biff’ Cooke, born August 5th 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaii, died peacefully at Cottage Hospital in ... Read

Joseph "Joe" and Charlotte Louise Dorfman

Joseph “Joe” Dorfman April 27, 1918-October 3, 2017 and Charlotte Louise Dorfman June 8, 1920-June 16, 2016 ... Read

Gail "Topsy" Fanning

Gail, fondly known as Topsy, passed away peacefully at 85 in her home on November 6, 2017; ... Read

Daniel D. Laguna

DATE OF BIRTH: 01-23-1946 DATE OF DEATH: 11-08-2017 AGE: 71 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Armand W. Schmitter

Santa Barbara native Armand Schmitter passed away November 8th. He was a highly respected lifelong cowboy. One ... Read

Robert Arnold Newcomb

Memorial: Sunday, November 19, 2017 2:00 p.m. Valle Verde Retirement Community 900 Calle de los Amigos Santa ... Read

Rev. Vidya "Terima" Vonne

Rev. Vidya “Terima” Vonne, our beautiful friend, wife, lifelong yogini and teacher, passed away last May 21, ... Read

Richard "Dick" Johnson

Richard “Dick” Johnson passed away on October 20, 2017 at his home in Santa Barbara with his ... Read

Terry Selzer

Terry Selzer passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017 in his home in Santa Barbara. Terry's family ... Read

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