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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.

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.

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Sherilyn Celeste Scranton

DATE OF DEATH: 6/21/2017 AGE: 62 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. Read

Pedro Maldonado Reyes

DATE OF BIRTH: 06-29-1940 DATE OF DEATH: 06-25-2017 AGE: 76 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary; Thursday, ... Read

Bette Zoe Levin Pattis

Bette Zoe Levin Pattis, of Rancho Mirage, CA, formerly of Highland Park, IL, passed away on June ... Read

Catalina Edillo

Catalina Edillo, a retired Clinical Laboratory Medical Technologist, at the former Saint Francis Medical Center, Santa Barbara, ... Read

Erin Blair Dwight-Murray

On Friday, June 9, 2017, friend, sister, mother, and all around zany and free-spirited, Erin Blair Dwight-Murray ... Read

Bernhard "Bernie" Penner

Bernhard “Bernie” Penner passed away suddenly on Fathers Day. Bernie arrived in America as an 11-year old ... Read

Esther Davis

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 06/19/2017 Age: 90 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

David Ferreira

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/17/2017 Age: 63 Occupation: Chef Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Robert Brierton Jr.

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/17/2017 Age: 67 Occupation: Automotive Mechanic Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Julio Gonzalez Limón

Julio Gonzalez Limón passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA. Our Lord called ... Read

Julio "Pancho" Carrillo, Jr.

Date of Death: June 15, 2017 Age: 73 Residence: Santa Ynez, CA Services: Funeral Mass will be ... Read

Dora Luz Perez

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-19-1962 DATE OF DEATH: 06-17-2017 AGE: 55 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary and ... Read

Charlotte Palacios

Charlotte (“Char”) Palacios, 68, passed away peacefully June 1, surrounded by her children. She is survived by ... Read

Carol Victoria Dell

Carol Victoria Dell, 71, died June 10 at her home after a long illness. She was born ... Read

Eric Duane Schulenberg

Every day we think of you and miss you. We see you everywhere in the beauty of ... Read

George Colin Harrower

George Harrower, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at his long ... Read

Robert William Clayton

DATE OF BIRTH: February 25, 1932 DATE OF DEATH: June 18, 2017 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

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