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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.

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.

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Alver Herman Smith

Assemblage artist. Again with Father Time and Mother Nature. Read

Raymond Munoz

It is with great sorrow that Raymond, "Uncle Ray," passed away peacefully with his family at his ... Read

Jesus Mendoza Ortega

Jesus Mendoza Ortega, known to his family and many friends as “Guero,” passed away peacefully at his ... Read

Mary Virginia Erickson

Born November 21, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to parents Frances and Sherrod Noe, Mary Virginia Erickson ... Read

Esperanza Darbyshire

May 27, 2012 4:36pm It's been 5 years, that you went to the house of the Lord. ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

May 27, 1986 I went searching for the words today Seeking them in tree tops and silent ... Read

Natalie Torres

DATE OF DEATH: 5/14/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. Read

Douglas Miller

The Reverend Doctor Douglas Miller died peacefully May 2nd at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after a ... Read

Frederick Allen Niediek

Frederick Allen Niediek, 76, died peacefully, Sunday, March 5, 2017 of a sudden Neuroendocrine Tumor, at his ... Read

Tara Cloud

The extraordinary Tara Cloud, traveling scholar, award-winning photographer and blogger (www.travelblog.org /Bloggers/taracloud/), passed away in Arequipa, Peru. ... Read

Patricia Melbye Becchio

Patricia Melbye Becchio, born in Chicago to Gustave and Helen Melbye, came to Santa Barbara at age ... Read

Stephen Thomas Sewell

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will ... Read

Florence Katz

The music stopped for “Aunt Flo,” Florence Katz, May 6, 2017. She was surrounded by memories, friends, ... Read

Renee Marie Callens

DATE OF DEATH: 05/11/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service on Thursday at 2:00 pm ... Read

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola, grandpa extraordinaire, commercial fisherman, war veteran, and survivor of inviting Julia Child over for ... Read

Marcelino T. Dorado

DATE OF BIRTH: June 25, 1957 DATE OF DEATH: May 7, 2017 AGE: 59 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Gloria Shepherd

DATE OF BIRTH: 03-06-1937 DATE OF DEATH: 01-27-2017 AGE: 79 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

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