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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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Jennie Beltran

In Loving Memory of Jennie Beltran My Jen Jen, I can’t believe it has been a year ... Read

Edwin Ryder Edwards

Edwin Ryder Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, October 7, 1922 to Emma Holland Ryder Edwards ... Read

Joseph Patarak

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-20-1920 DATE OF DEATH: 08-20-2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: No ... Read

Ronald Grant Robertson

DATE OF BIRTH: December 22, 1938 DATE OF DEATH: August 19, 2016 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria , ... Read

John Robert (J.R., Bob) Haller

John Robert (Bob) Haller, renowned California botanist, inspirational teacher, and mentor to so many, died on August ... Read

Mack Stanton

Remembering Mack Mack Stanton 02-05-37 to 09-07-09 You've been gone for seven years now, but I still ... Read

Dr. Gino C. Battistone

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, of Silver Spring, MD. Born in Baltimore, MD. He was a graduate ... Read

Sandy -Sandy Pants- Sandra D Dog

Born in Santa Barbara. Mother was a purebred Weimaraner, father was a Catahoula who climbed over a ... Read

William (Bill) Francis Shinn

Bill Shinn passed away August 17, 2016 at his home in Goleta, CA. Bill was born February ... Read

Barbara K. Chaney

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/2/1926 DATE OF DEATH: 8/14/2016 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: No Services. Read

Gerald S. Thede

Jerry Thede passed away peacefully August 7, 2016 in Santa Barbara from complications of Parkinson’s Disease after ... Read

Geoffrey R. Johnson

Geoffrey R. Johnson passed away on July 26, 2016 in Santa Barbara surrounded by his loving family. ... Read

Norman Wolfgang Jaffe

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1924 DATE OF DEATH: 8/13/2016 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Larry McMullen

A loving Father and husband, Larry McMullen, passed away from Early Onset Alzheimer’s on July 23, 2016. ... Read

Robert Burns Donnelly

DATE OF BIRTH: 8/04/1920 DATE OF DEATH: 8/14/2016 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside service Friday ... Read

Jasmine Murphy

It's been 2 years and you are still missed today, tomorrow and forever. I love you buttercup. ... Read

Raphael R. Saragosa

In Memoriam 5 December - 21 August 2001 In loving memory, we are strong as ever knowing ... Read

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