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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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Mary Josephine Little

Mary Jo Little passed away at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 14, 2017 surrounded ... Read

Francis "Franco" Bernard Karzag

FRANCIS (“Franco”) BERNARD KARZAG, a beloved son, brother, father, grandpa, uncle, and husband, as well as a ... Read

David McLeod Brainard

Surfer. Actor. Cyclist. Writer. Teacher. Ironman. Bartender. Realtor. Warrior. Santa Barbara recently lost a mountain of a ... Read

Kevin Thomas O'Dea

DATE OF DEATH: 4/11/2017 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday at 6:00pm at ... Read

David Bariş Miller

Long time Santa Barbara resident, David Bariş Miller, 46, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday ... Read

Obedia Theresa Chierici

DATE OF DEATH: 4/17/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola, ... Read

Virginia Lee Morrissey

DATE OF DEATH: 4/16/2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

Jacqueline Hyde

Jacqueline Hyde, 95, passed away peacefully March 29, 2017 in Santa Barbara. She was born on Feb. ... Read

Edward Tacadena

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 04/07/2017 Age: 69 Occupation: Roofer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Ray John Cooper "Coop"

John Cooper of Santa Barbara, CA passed away March 28, 2017. Born May 28, 1936 in St. ... Read

Italo F. Castagnola

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-24-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 04-06-2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Services ... Read

Margaret Marini Griffin

Her irresistible positive attitude never left. Yes, you know who she was. The woman who drove around ... Read

Norma Z. Brown

Date of Death: April 1, 2017 Age: 88 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Memorial Service will be Tuesday, ... Read

Michael Towbes

Michael Towbes, age 87, Chairman of the Board of The Towbes Group, Inc. and Montecito Bank & ... Read

Donna C. Saar

Date of Death: April 4, 2017 Age: 72 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Memorial Service will be Tuesday, ... Read

Mark Schlagel

SANTA BARBARA LOCAL THRU & THRU November 25, 1952-March 28, 2017 Mark Schlagel, 64, passed away at ... Read

Betty Jean Nelson

Betty Jean Nelson, 92, died Monday March 6, 2017 of natural causes. She was born 9/14/24 in ... Read

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