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Stewart Harrison Mills:  1986-2015

Forever Young

Everyone who met Stewart Mills came away with a new friend; such was his remarkably positive, easy empathy, and sense of fun. Read story.

Lola Nava Guerra: 1925-2015

Gifted Singer, Caring Community Advocate

From the United Farm Workers boycott to saving Ellwood's butterfly grove, talented singer Lola Nava Guerra embraced the activist life. Read story.

Dana Schorr: 1952-2015

A Life Wild and Free

From international meetings to foreign bars, Dana Schorr could use his polylingual charm to get people talking despite cultural and linguistic barriers. Read story.

Barbara Sonia Adams, aka Madame Rosinka: 1947-2014

Wishing the World Well

She made many people’s dreams come true by helping them believe in themselves; her positive attitude was contagious. Read story.

Sojourner Café: 1978-2015

Veggies, with a Side of Nonconformity

A grateful remembrance of Canon Perdido’s beloved health food joint and community club house. Read story.

Rosa Margaret Pace: 1929-2015

Celebrated Chumash Elder and Tribal Advocate

Rosa Margaret Pace helped modernize the Chumash reservation and founded its first medical clinic. Read story.

Bob Whitney: 1941-2015

A Warrior for the Environment

Remembered fondly by all who worked with him, Bob Whitney helped preserve significant areas in Santa Barbara and Northern California. Read story.

Karen Sinsheimer, 1942 - 2015

Curator of Photography at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Read story.

Willy Chamberlin: 1940-2015

Expert in County Politics and Team Penning

The former county supervisor brought political power to the North County when he won and lost the same election in 1992. Read story.

Erno Daniel: 1946-2015

Pioneer in Geriatric Medicine

Erno Daniel, MD, practiced at Sansum Clinic since 1978 and was an early pioneer in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, lecturing across the country and writing extensively on the topics. Read story.

Merlyn Kelly: 1941 - 2014

Police Officer, Gentleman, and a Gentle Man

The Santa Barbara Police Department family remembers Merlyn Kelly as a kind and gutsy public servant. Read story.

Gwendolyn DeBard Strong: 2007-2015

A Young, Yet Full, Life Lived

In her 7 years and 9 months, Gwendolyn Strong touched the hearts of many and gave birth to a foundation to fight spinal muscular atrophy. Read story.

Vivian ‘Vie’ Marie Hapeman Obern: 1921 - 2015

Restored Hope House, Championed Trails, a Dedicated Volunteer

Children, bicycles, horses, history, and trails — all became the focus of Vie Obern's forward-looking civic efforts. Read story.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein: 1919-2015

A Member of WWII's White Rose

Dr. George Wittenstein was one of the only survivors of Nazi Germany's White Rose resistance group. Read story.

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Rochelle Fontes Phillips

Her family, friends, colleagues and the surrounding community of Solvang and Santa Ynez mourn the passing of ... Read

Mary L. Backstrom

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/3/1931 DATE OF DEATH: 7/22/2016 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private services will ... Read

David Louis Sever

Our beloved David passed peacefully into the arms of His loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 20th ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

Born on August, 14, 1935 to Santiago Ramirez and Maria Elena Flores in El Paso Texas. He ... Read

Guillermo Hector Daniel

Guillermo Hector Daniel was born to Dolores Gandarilla Daniel and Victor Hurtado Daniel on January 20th, 1950. ... Read

Rory Steven Willett

66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at The Serenity House in Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

David Louis Sever

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/10/1930 DATE OF DEATH: 7/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION:A Memorial Service ... Read

Freda Jo Ward

DATE OF BIRTH: 2/10/1941 DATE OF DEATH: 7/18/2016 AGE: 75 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett, 76, of Carpinteria, passed away following a brief illness on March 22, 2016, ... Read

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at ... Read

James B. Reigle

Reigle, James B. Age 85, formerly of Flint, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in California. Jim was ... Read

Carmen Aguirre

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-10-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 07-15-2016 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation; ... Read

Peter Kenneth Worsley

Peter was born in London England and married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957. Leaving ... Read

Susanna Fletcher Higman

Susanna Fletcher Higman was born on July 23, 1919, to Arthur and Suzy Baat. The family moved ... Read

Lorraine "Vickie" Bruce

Vickie Bruce passed away May 10, 2016 in New York City surrounded by her family. She was ... Read

Donald Spencer Martin

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/20/1929 DATE OF DEATH: 7/13/2016 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at 9:30 ... Read

Yvonne Thomas Jarvis

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/4/1935 DATE OF DEATH: 7/11/2016 AGE: 80 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

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