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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.

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.

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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 DATE, ... Read

George Edward McLintock

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

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter

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

Ellen Reid

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

Fern Mae Halperin

DATE OF BIRTH: 04-18-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 02-09-2017 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Celebration ... Read

Barbara Louise Swain

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

Steven John Andrach

51 years, Has gone home to be United With the Lord, February 4th 2017. His Mother, Josie ... Read

Tom Tsunoda

Tom Tsunoda was born and raised in Santa Barbara, growing up on the eastside near Franklin school. ... Read

Michael Alan Vigil

Michael Alan Vigil was born in Santa Barbara to Phyllis Valdez Vigil and Edward R Vigil on ... Read

Cora Jean Hardoin

Date of Death: February 8, 2017 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Viewing will be Saturday ... Read

Charlotte Garrett

Charlotte Garrett Age 51, went to be with the Lord on Monday January 20, 2017. Charlotte was ... Read

Robert L. Miller

Rev. Robert L. Miller, 83, passed away in his mountain home in Livermore, CO January 28, 2017. ... Read

William Smolinski

The world lost a wise soul last Monday morning when William (Bill, Bimby) Smolinski, age 84, passed ... Read

Richard H. Aberle

Richard H. Aberle died on January 31, 2017 after a brief illness. He was greeted by the ... Read

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