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John Robert 'Bob' Haller

1930-2016

With a love of the natural world that he shared with all, renowned botanist Bob Haller preferred to see his Trees of Santa Barbara on the front seat of cars with smudge prints, dog-eared pages, and leaves stuck in it. Read story.

Danielle K. Chackel: 1970-2016

A Kind Heart in Bankruptcy Court

Danielle Chackel, the liaison for free legal clinics at Bankruptcy Court, was a wonderful listener who cared deeply for all living things. Read story.

Dan Secord: 1936–2016

An Orphan Who Delivered 6,000 Babies

An ob-gyn and a city councilmember for many years in the community, Dr. Dan Secord left behind a multitude of friends, many of who sang him a last farewell. Read story.

Tom Hayden: 1939-2016

Beloved Comrade

Tom Hayden was famous as a politician and 1960s radical, but the former altar boy was also an electrifying speaker. Read story.

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.

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Rick A. Vega

DATE OF DEATH: 7/12/2017 AGE: 64 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral Service on Saturday at 10:00a.m. ... Read

Frank G. La Barge, AIA

Frank was born in Pond Creek, Oklahoma, on December 6th, 1933. His family moved to California in ... Read

Nino Campobello

Our beloved Nino Campobello left the Earth on his journey home on April 20, 2017. Born in ... Read

Connie Linden

Connie Linden, age 73, passed away peacefully in her home in Santa Barbara, California and joined the ... Read

John W. Shaver

May 1950-July 2017 John leaves behind his friends who will miss him greatly. He was not only ... Read

Richard Joseph (Dick) Blair

Dick Blair of Edwards, Colorado and Santa Barbara, California passed peacefully into the arms of God on ... Read

Lucy Maren Smith Lindwall

Lucy Maren Smith Lindwall, 93, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, with her family by her side. ... Read

Roger Morrison

Roger Morrison, a Santa Barbara resident, age 79, passed away on April 13, 2017. He is survived ... Read

Frank George La Barge, AIA

Date of Death: July 05, 2017 Age: 83 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Matthew David Halych

Date of Death: July 9, 2017 Age: 38 Residence: Ventura formerly of Santa Barbara, CA Services: Viewing ... Read

Billie Clifton

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/05/2017 Age: 85 Occupation: Caterer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Jennifer Hinton

County Residence: Seaside Date of Death: 07/02/2017 Age: 50 Occupation: Elementary School Teacher Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

James Robinson II

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/07/2017 Age: 65 Occupation: Motion Picture Prop Master Arrangements by: ... Read

Dolores Perez Lomeli

Date of Death: July 7, 2017 Age: 96 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: The Rosary will be ... Read

Grace Kipp

Grace passed from pancreatic cancer in her home town of Hsinchu, Taiwan on March 16th. Grace was ... Read

Aristea Padilla

Date of Death: July 04, 2017 Age: 78 Residence: Carpenteria, CA Services: Rosary will be Monday, July ... Read

Eugene Edwin Peterson

Gene passed away at home with loving family on June 20, 2017 after a heroic battle with ... Read

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