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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.

Stewart Harrison Mills:  1986-2015

Forever Young

Everyone who met Stewart Mills came away with a new friend; such was his remarkably positive, easy empathy, and sense of fun. Read story.

Lola Nava Guerra: 1925-2015

Gifted Singer, Caring Community Advocate

From the United Farm Workers boycott to saving Ellwood's butterfly grove, talented singer Lola Nava Guerra embraced the activist life. Read story.

Dana Schorr: 1952-2015

A Life Wild and Free

From international meetings to foreign bars, Dana Schorr could use his polylingual charm to get people talking despite cultural and linguistic barriers. Read story.

Barbara Sonia Adams, aka Madame Rosinka: 1947-2014

Wishing the World Well

She made many people’s dreams come true by helping them believe in themselves; her positive attitude was contagious. Read story.

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Aaron Louis Lieberman

Born January 12, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA. Aaron Louis Lieberman died peacefully at home in Santa Barbara ... Read

Ann Montgomery Brower

Ann Montgomery Brower, writer and artist, died at age 83 in her home in Goleta, Calif., on ... Read

Ronald Ousey

Ronald Ousey was born in Rochdale England on March 6, 1928. His parents were William and Florence ... Read

Robert Bryan Jameson

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/23/1950 DATE OF DEATH: 6/15/2016 AGE: 66 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

James Siebert

Dearly loved friend, father, and fine artist extraordinaire, James Siebert, swiftly and peacefully passed away in Santa ... Read

Joseph Michael Navarro

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/23/1991 DATE OF DEATH: 6/14/2016 AGE: 25 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

Dr. Jennifer Fortman

Born in Stevenage, England in October of 1948 to American WWII veteran, Bob Sulzbach, and English woman, ... Read

William "Bill" Underwood Jr.

Bill Underwood, 89, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Long Beach, CA on May 5, ... Read

Lavell Canley

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/20/1946 DATE OF DEATH: 6/10/2016 AGE: 69 RESIDENCE: Oxnard. SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch- ... Read

Maria Anna Herzog

Maria Anna Herzog “Ann,” age 88, resident of Oxnard for over 40 years, passed away on Friday, ... Read

Katherine Jones Starr

STARR, Katherine Jones was a spirited, generous, and courageous woman of uncommon fortitude. She succumbed peacefully at ... Read

Sue Leota Harris

On Sunday June 5, 2016, Sue Leota Harris passed away at her home in Santa Barbara CA, ... Read

Gilles Dupuis

Gilles Dupuis passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in southern Oregon on May 20, ... Read

Manuel Mata Barajas

Manuel Mata Barajas, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on May 11, ... Read

George Taborsky

George Taborsky was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 12th, 1928, to Dr. Otto Taborsky, a historian, ... Read

Brian Craig Hutchinson

Brian Craig Hutchinson passed away on May 24th, 2016 peacefully and surrounded by loved ones after a ... Read

Zygmunt & Helena Weyna

Zygmunt and Helena Weyna, Santa Barbara residents of the San Roque area, were born in Poland in ... Read

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