Maureen Lance: 1938-2017

The Bird Lady

“Are you the bird lady?” For many years after failing eyesight forced Maureen Lance to give up caring for injured or orphaned birds, she would get such phone calls and was able to direct the caller to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Read story.

Bob Saunders: 1943-2017

The Man Who Loved Horses

A large-animal doctor, Bob Saunders treated cattle, ostriches, llamas, and alpacas during his time, but his business was horses. Read story.

Phil Womble: 1936-2017

A Man Who Never Gave Up

Phil Womble, an inspirational sports fan known as ‘Gaucho Phil,’ was a crusader for people with disabilities. Read story.

Frances Garvin Puccinelli: 1951-2016

A Woman of Action and a Maker

An art lover, rug crafter, and great friend, Fran Puccinelli was described as "the youngest person in the room.” Read story.

Nat Hentoff: 1925-2017

Words as Music to the Ears and Mind

Legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff was also a noted writer about First Amendment rights. Read story.

Corey S. Dubin: 1955-2017

A Powerful Voice and Advocate

Corey Dubin was passionate about social justice and had a true ability to hold political and emotional space for those who had no advocate in this life. Read story.

Michael Waugh Jochim: 1975-2015

A Very Able Individual

Born with a physical disability, Michael Jochim lived a life full of sports, archaeology, beach visits, humor, and freedom. Read story.

Mike Moses: 1957-2016

Santa Barbara Firefighter and Malibu Lifeguard

Mike Moses was a longtime ladder truck captain for Santa Barbara City Fire and lifeguard for Los Angeles County. Read story.

Stanley Sheinbaum: 1920-2016

A Life Fully Lived

A strong backer of liberal causes, politicians, and publications, Stanley Sheinbaum blew the whistle on the CIA's covert torture program in Vietnam and later came to Santa Barbara to join the Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Read story.

John Robert 'Bob' Haller


With a love of the natural world that he shared with all, renowned botanist Bob Haller preferred to see his Trees of Santa Barbara on the front seat of cars with smudge prints, dog-eared pages, and leaves stuck in it. Read story.

Danielle K. Chackel: 1970-2016

A Kind Heart in Bankruptcy Court

Danielle Chackel, the liaison for free legal clinics at Bankruptcy Court, was a wonderful listener who cared deeply for all living things. Read story.

Dan Secord: 1936–2016

An Orphan Who Delivered 6,000 Babies

An ob-gyn and a city councilmember for many years in the community, Dr. Dan Secord left behind a multitude of friends, many of who sang him a last farewell. Read story.

Tom Hayden: 1939-2016

Beloved Comrade

Tom Hayden was famous as a politician and 1960s radical, but the former altar boy was also an electrifying speaker. Read story.

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. publishes Death Notices, with Service information, at no charge. They appear online and in our Thursday newspaper, if space allows.. Extended Obituaries are also available for a nominal fee.

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Morgan Christine Corey

To know her was to love ABBA, Alanis, and Alice in Chains. Morgan Christine Corey had her ... Read

Shirley-Ann Florence Stickney

> DATE OF BIRTH: 12-16-1927 > DATE OF DEATH: 1-09-2018 >AGE:90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA > >SERVICE ... Read

Rebecca May

Born in 1950 in Blackfoot, Idaho, “The Potato Capital of the World,” Becky was the eldest of ... Read

Betsy H. Green

Betsy made her entrance in Buffalo and lived here and there, each move an improvement in climate ... Read

Ruth T. Joel

Ruth Thomas Joel – Dobbs Ferry, NY/ Santa Barbara, CA - passed away peacefully on January 11, ... Read

George Sirkin

Celebration of Life George Sirkin July 21, 1929-November 23, 2017 Service to be held Saturday, February 10 ... Read

Naoma Gower Ford

Naoma Gower Ford, nee Naoma Jean Gower, passed away on January 5th, 2018, at age 88. She ... Read

Gary Howard

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 01/13/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: Civil Engineer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Elke Dreves

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 01/10/2018 Age: 78 Occupation: Mortgage Broker Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Shirley Ann Wirtz

Shirley Ann Wirtz died peacefully on January 15, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of ... Read

Alejandro Ortega

Alejandro Ortega, age 85, lived a long beautiful life, having immigrated to the United States from Mexico ... Read

James Armas Ranta

James Armas Ranta, age 71, had a heart attack late Thursday night and passed away early Friday ... Read

Elizabeth Wienecke

County Residence: Carpinteria Date of Death: 12/28/2017 Age: 81 Occupation: Minister Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Esther Medina

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/29/2017 Age: 72 Occupation: Drug Counselor Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Donald Knapp

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/31/2017 Age: 65 Occupation: Cook Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Steven Combs

County Residence: Ventura Date of Death: 12/28/2017 Age: 64 Occupation: Private-US Army Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

William Harvey

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 01/01/2018 Age: 71 Occupation: Hair Dresser Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

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