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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.

Weidong 'Henry' Han, Huijie 'Jennie' Yu, and Emily Han

Irreplaceable Loss to the Community

The grief and disbelief over the horrifying murders of herbalist Henry Han, Jennie Yu, and Emily Han are powerful testimony to the place they held in Santa Barbara. Read story.

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Kevin Wesley Speier

Kevin Wesley Speier was born in Santa Barbara on April 26, 1983 and departed this life on ... Read

Michael Charles David Laffey

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 62 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Funeral service will be ... Read

Andrée Marie Harmer

Andrée Marie Harmer died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 21. She ... Read

Bryan Devin Carreno

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-28-1990 DATE OF DEATH: 02-12-2017 AGE: 26 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION:Visistation; Thursday,9am ... Read

Else Schilling Bard

Her many grandchildren (she had 16!) called her “Omah”. To friends and family near and far she ... Read

Glenn William "Bill" Elliott

Our beloved Bill died at home on February 10, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born June 3, ... Read

Robin S. Gauss

Robin S. Gauss left us unexpectedly 2/17/2017. He was a diver, pilot, surfer, friend, and mentor to ... Read

John "Gus" Gustave Wollschlaeger

John “Gus” Gustave Wollschlaeger, born March 2, 1959, passed away July 28, 2016. He spent most of ... Read

Joseph B. Schomer

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 71 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: No service planned. Read

Kevin W. Speier

DATE OF BIRTH: April 26, 1983 DATE OF DEATH: February 15, 2017 AGE: 33 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA ... Read

George Edward McClintock

It was a different era, when all men felt it their patriotic duty to serve in the ... Read

Aurelia H. Herrera

DATE OF BIRTH: June 16,1925 DATE OF DEATH: February 15, 2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on February 13th, 2017. She maintained strong ... Read

Isidro Torres

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-15-1961 DATE OF DEATH: 02-07-2017 AGE: 55 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter died on Thursday, February 9, surrounded by her family in her home. ... Read

Steven John Andrach

Andrach, Steven John, 51 years, Has gone home to be United With the lord, February 4th 2017. ... Read

Barbara Louise Swain

Louise quietly passed away November 17, 2016, at the age of 87. Born in Longview, WA, she ... Read

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