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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.

Hilda (Shanta-Ma) Densmore: 1915-2015

The Original 'Hugging Mother'

Nothing in Shanta-Ma's brutal early life would suggest she'd live an increasingly loving and openhearted 100 years. Read story.

Dennis Rickard: 1953–2015

Old Spanish Days Leader

Dennis Rickard's involvement in Fiesta started when he was 2 and culminated in his role as El Presidente. Read story.

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Mary Louise Crawford

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. - Mary Louise Crawford, 90, died peacefully at the Serenity House on Tuesday March ... Read

Ruby Bradburn

Born Rebecca Shalhoob on October 9, 1937 in Lompoc Valley, California passed away peacefully after a brief ... Read

Myra Hogan

Myra Hogan, a determined woman with a kind and optimistic spirit, passed away on March 3, 2017 ... Read

Virginia Grace Butterfield

Virginia Grace Butterfield, 94, passed away from causes related to pneumonia on March 4, 2017. Virginia was ... Read

Freda "Linda" Lee Good

Freda "Linda" Lee Good passed away in the evening on Sunday, March 19, 2017, just two weeks ... Read

Brian Sean O'Donnell

DOD 3/15/17 (58) Santa Barbara Read

Leslie Frederika Holt

Leslie passed away in the early morning hours of March 9 after several weeks of loving care ... Read

Joe Pinnella

Joe Pinnella passed away gently, sweetly, beautifully, March 5, 2017, at home in Santa Barbara, with his ... Read

Rita Denise (Presley) Mitchell

Rita Denise (Presley) Mitchell, born and raised in Boonville, CA, graduated in 1965 from Ukiah High School ... Read

Olivia Galvez-Storke-Martinez

DATE OF DEATH: 3/17/2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral Mass will be held on ... Read

Ardna M. Pfeiler

DATE OF BIRTH: September 17, 1921 DATE OF DEATH: March 20, 2017 AGE: 95 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Lavonne Irene Sanchez

Lavonne Irene Sanchez passed away on March 7th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer at the ... Read

Richard E. Arbagey

DATE OF DEATH: 3/11/2017 AGE: 94 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Celebration of Life will be ... Read

Elizabeth Frances Ruskauff

DATE OF DEATH: 3/8/2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Graveside Service will be held ... Read

H. Peter Karoff

H. Peter Karoff, a renowned contributor to the world of philanthropy and a business leader in Boston, ... Read

Edwin (Ed) Aspinwall

Edwin (Ed) Aspinwall passed away peacefully at home in Thousand Oaks, on February 21, 2017, following a ... Read

Darlene Giorgi Postel

Darlene Giorgi Postel, 88, passed into the Kingdom of Heaven on March 7, 2017. Darlene was born ... Read

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