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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.

Hilda Wenner: 1935-2016

Folk Musician and Teacher

Many remember the Adult Ed classes taught by Hilda Wenner, with a roomful of guitars propelling the music forward. Read story.

Jean Louise Thomson: 1958-2016

Cyclist, Swimmer, Gardener, Friend

A big, happy kid who loved to play outside, Jean Thomson had a cheerful enthusiasm that won her friends everywhere she went. Read story.

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.

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Jasmine Murphy

3 years ago my life forever changed when you passed away. Not one day minute or second ... Read

Bernice Sciorra Anfuso

Army veteran, high-school English teacher, travel agent, active parishioner at Old Mission Santa Barbara (lector/docent/office assistant), and ... Read

Hunter Gough

On your birthday, a wonderful tribute from our dear friend. We love you Hunter… Mom, Dad and ... Read

Carl Stanton Young

DATE OF DEATH: 8/2/2017 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Memorial Service will be held at ... Read

Peter Ewanick

Peter Ewanick was born on 23 May 1919 in Forestville, Pennsylvania, to Ukrainian immigrants who had fled ... Read

Robert Leon Casier

Robert (Bob) Casier, a popular local professor of political science and a leading faculty figure in the ... Read

Winifred "Freddie" Mae Jorgensen

“Freddie” Jorgensen died peacefully at her Maravilla home in Santa Barbara, California on August 12, 2017. She ... Read

Daniel J. Meaney III

Daniel J. Meaney III, age 57, died at his home in Fortuna, California, on the night of ... Read

Penelope "Penny" Gemar

County Residence: Carpinteria Date of Death: 08/05/2017 Age: 73 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Stephen A. Katz

Stephen A. Katz, sixty-one, of Santa Barbara, died peacefully at home on August 5th after a battle ... Read

Margo Chase

Margo Su Chase lost her life in an airplane accident on July 22 in Apple Valley. Margo ... Read

Carlos Jimenez Sr.

DOD: 08/01/17 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICES: Friday, August 11 at 10:00am at our Lady ... Read

Theresa Savala

DOD: 08/02/17 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Orcutt, CA SERVICES: N/A Read

Scott Jay Stephens

Scott Jay Stephens passed away peacefully June 16th, 2017 at his home in Long Beach, CA. His ... Read

Elbert George Wells III

Elbert George Wells III, age 63 of Santa Barbara, Ca passed away of natural causes on July ... Read

Jose Luis Saleta

Jose Luis Saleta passed away on August 3, 2017, after a 2-year battle with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral ... Read

Elisa C. Merkl

The daughter of Sara and Antony DaCruz, Lisa was born in Coimbra, Portugal in the winter of ... Read

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