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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.

Harold ‘Rusty’ Fairly: 1932-2016

Athlete, Coach, City Councilmember

Rusty Fairly was a tough football and baseball coach for UCSB and SBCC, and he later brought his down-to-earth style to the City Council. Read story.

Thomas Blatt: 1927-2015

A Witness to the Horrors of Sobibór

Thomas Blatt survived the Sobibór death camp and went on to tell the story the Nazis tried to erase. Read story.

George Gaynes: 1917-2016

Gifted Actor of Many Genres

The gifted actor’s career spanned multiple decades and genres. Read story.

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Manuel "Manny" Cheverez

On March 17, 2017 Manuel "Manny" Cheverez celebrated his 83rd birthday with family and friends filling his ... Read

Walter Eugene Fiechter

80 years of age Residence: Hilmar CA Date of death: 3/26/2017 Read

Banks Albach

After a short battle with liver disease, Banks Albach passed on March 8. At 44 years young, ... Read

Dr. Anthony Mulac

Dr. Anthony Mulac, 78, of Santa Barbara, CA passed away on March 8, 2017. A funeral service ... Read

Brian Sean O'Donnell

DOD 3/15/17 (58) Santa Barbara Read

Freda "Linda" Lee Good

Freda "Linda" Lee Good passed away in the evening on Sunday, March 19, 2017, just two weeks ... Read

Ruby Bradburn

Born Rebecca Shalhoob on October 9, 1937 in Lompoc Valley, California passed away peacefully after a brief ... Read

Mary Louise Crawford

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. - Mary Louise Crawford, 90, died peacefully at the Serenity House on Tuesday March ... Read

Virginia Grace Butterfield

Virginia Grace Butterfield, 94, passed away from causes related to pneumonia on March 4, 2017. Virginia was ... Read

Myra Hogan

Myra Hogan, a determined woman with a kind and optimistic spirit, passed away on March 3, 2017 ... Read

Leslie Frederika Holt

Leslie passed away in the early morning hours of March 9 after several weeks of loving care ... Read

Joe Pinnella

Joe Pinnella passed away gently, sweetly, beautifully, March 5, 2017, at home in Santa Barbara, with his ... Read

Rita Denise (Presley) Mitchell

Rita Denise (Presley) Mitchell, born and raised in Boonville, CA, graduated in 1965 from Ukiah High School ... Read

Ardna M. Pfeiler

DATE OF BIRTH: September 17, 1921 DATE OF DEATH: March 20, 2017 AGE: 95 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Olivia Galvez-Storke-Martinez

DATE OF DEATH: 3/17/2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral Mass will be held on ... Read

Lavonne Irene Sanchez

Lavonne Irene Sanchez passed away on March 7th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer at the ... Read

Richard E. Arbagey

DATE OF DEATH: 3/11/2017 AGE: 94 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Celebration of Life will be ... Read

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