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Ed Laing : 1933–2016

Democratic Socialist and Secular Humanist

An attorney and philosopher, Ed Laing worked for social justice during the dark days of the McCarthy era and up until he died. Read story.

Andrew David Darke: 1965-2016

Little League Baseball Coach

Andrew Darke's coaching for Little League teams was only a part of his life, but his friendship and demeanor on the field profoundly affected the players and the parents. Read story.

Joan Magruder (1939-2016)

Santa Barbara's Fairy Godmother

Joan Magruder died reluctantly after a lifetime as a blonde hurricane, championing others while overcoming personal fears, and lovingly spoiling her grandchildren. Read story.

Ripkyn Strader-Murphy: 1996 – 2016

In the end, it was Ripkyn's goodness that made you swoon. Read story.

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.

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Margaret (Peggy) Rigione Denton

Margaret (Peggy) Denton, beloved mother of Sandra Denton and Michael Denton (deceased), and grandmother (Nona) to Philip ... Read

Priscilla Yonge Riordan Lamore

Priscilla Lamore, 91, peacefully slipped away from us and this life at home Saturday morning 9/30/2017 in ... Read

Timothy Manning Sanchez

Authentic, kind, caring, loving, funny, and irreverent are just a few of the words that describe Timothy ... Read

Jean Gerard Spaulding

Jean Gerard Spaulding (Jacobson), 69, passed away peacefully in her sleep from complications of kidney cancer on ... Read

Timothy Manning Sanchez

DATE OF DEATH: 10/14/2017 AGE: 46 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Friday at Our Lady ... Read

Kenneth J. Frank, M.D.

Known in the community as a friend, doctor, nutritionist, loving husband, and one heck of a dancer. ... Read

Gloria Armstrong Lehto

Died in Bend, Oregon on August 8, 2017 two weeks after her 91st birthday. She was born ... Read

Ignacio Manzo Jr.

Date of Death: October 11, 2017 Age: 36 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Viewing will take place ... Read

Janice Cota Chase

It's been a sad 2 years without my best friend. You touched the hearts of so many. ... Read

Sylvia Glass

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Sylvia passed away, at age 102, on Sept. 27, 2017 ... Read

Custer Charles Baum

Custer Charles Baum was my father. Custer was born in Helena, Montana on March 22, 1914, and ... Read

Evelyn Rowbottam

Evelyn was born in 1919 in Los Angeles, and was one of five children. She survived her ... Read

William "Bill" Swanson

William "Bill" Swanson passed away on October 1, 2017 at Cottage Hospital surrounded by loved ones after ... Read

Howard Charles and Maria Luisa Garcia Menzel

Howard Charles Menzel • 1919 – 2017 Maria Luisa Garcia Menzel • 1920 – 2017 Howard passed ... Read

Daniel R. Walton

In Memoriam (February 2, 1967 - October 5, 2012) Don’t think of him as gone away Life ... Read

Richard "Dick" Arthur Tyler

Richard “Dick” Arthur Tyler, 83, passed away peacefully in Olympia, Washington on Monday, August 28, 2017, after ... Read

Henry Sharp

Henry was born in Oak Park, IL, on Aug 14, 1925 the son of Marie Bussian Sharp ... Read

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