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John Joseph Alvarado: 1933-2016

A Very Good Life

Relatives, friends, and customers alike remember John Alvarado's integrity and kindness; he leaves behind a proud heritage. Read story.

George Solinas: 1926-2015

A Builder of Community

George Solinas worked with the United Farm Workers, La Casa de la Raza, and many others who needed his artistry and building skills. Read story.

William Matthew Connell: 1954-2016

Hot Dog Man, Legislative Crusader

Bill Connell nourished customers with hot dogs and wise-cracking asides at his Carpinteria Bluffs stand — with which he won for all veteran vendors tax-free status. Read story.

Dr. Marianna Masin: 1918-2015

Distinguished Cancer Researcher

A survivor of Majdanek prison camp, Dr. Marianna Masin pioneered early cancer detection with her husband at Sansum Medical Research Foundation. Read story.

James Louis Pattillo: 1920-2015

One of the Greatest Generation

From humble beginnings, Jim Pattillo became a decorated WWII pilot and judge of the Santa Barbara courts. Read story.

Kenji Ota: 1923 - 2015

Martial Arts and Ballroom Dance Sensei

Gruff, warm, commanding, and relentlessly generous, Ken Ota combined the teaching of martial arts and ballroom dance. Read story.

Ed Mannon: 1953 - 2016

Homeless Rights Advocate, Street Person

Ed Mannon occupied the epicenter of homeless activism in the 1980s, challenging the "no camping" ordinance and getting voting rights for people with no "fixed domicile." Read story.

J.J. Hollister III: 1932-2016

Gaviota Rancher, Raconteur

An attorney, rancher, and grand storyteller, J.J. Hollister left a legacy of civic and family pride. Read story.

Haskell Wexler: 1922-2015

The People’s Cinematographer

Haskell Wexler earned Oscars for producing a short film and two for cinematography, and recognition at Cannes along the way. Read story.

Helen Stathis: 1930-2015

Inspired the Greek Festival

Bringing the warm hospitality of her Greek heritage to her adopted city, Helen Stathis sparked the first of Santa Barbara's decades of Greek Festivals in 1973. Read story.

Hilda (Shanta-Ma) Densmore: 1915-2015

The Original 'Hugging Mother'

Nothing in Shanta-Ma's brutal early life would suggest she'd live an increasingly loving and openhearted 100 years. Read story.

Dennis Rickard: 1953–2015

Old Spanish Days Leader

Dennis Rickard's involvement in Fiesta started when he was 2 and culminated in his role as El Presidente. Read story.

Steve Malone: 1949-2015

Photographed Santa Barbara for 43 Years

Photographer Steve Malone spent his life capturing the essential moments in the life of our town. Read story.

Dan Poynter: 1938-2015

Legendary Author and Self-Publishing Pioneer

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual guided countless authors' manuscripts into becoming books. Read story.

Kenneth Storey Korten: 1954 - 2015

A Gifted Artist Who Lived Simply

Santa Barbara artist Kenneth Korten created beautiful objects through careful observation and patient craftsmanship, and he walked gently on this earth. Read story.

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Mary L. Backstrom

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/3/1931 DATE OF DEATH: 7/22/2016 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private services will ... Read

David Louis Sever

Our beloved David passed peacefully into the arms of His loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 20th ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

Born on August, 14, 1935 to Santiago Ramirez and Maria Elena Flores in El Paso Texas. He ... Read

Guillermo Hector Daniel

Guillermo Hector Daniel was born to Dolores Gandarilla Daniel and Victor Hurtado Daniel on January 20th, 1950. ... Read

Rory Steven Willett

66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at The Serenity House in Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

David Louis Sever

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/10/1930 DATE OF DEATH: 7/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION:A Memorial Service ... Read

Freda Jo Ward

DATE OF BIRTH: 2/10/1941 DATE OF DEATH: 7/18/2016 AGE: 75 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett, 76, of Carpinteria, passed away following a brief illness on March 22, 2016, ... Read

James B. Reigle

Reigle, James B. Age 85, formerly of Flint, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in California. Jim was ... Read

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at ... Read

Carmen Aguirre

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-10-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 07-15-2016 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation; ... Read

Peter Kenneth Worsley

Peter was born in London England and married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957. Leaving ... Read

Susanna Fletcher Higman

Susanna Fletcher Higman was born on July 23, 1919, to Arthur and Suzy Baat. The family moved ... Read

Lorraine "Vickie" Bruce

Vickie Bruce passed away May 10, 2016 in New York City surrounded by her family. She was ... Read

Donald Spencer Martin

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/20/1929 DATE OF DEATH: 7/13/2016 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at 9:30 ... Read

Yvonne Thomas Jarvis

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/4/1935 DATE OF DEATH: 7/11/2016 AGE: 80 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

8-14-1935 to 7-4-2016 Donations appreciated at Gofundme.com Gus Ramirez Memorial Fund Read

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