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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.

Steve Malone: 1949-2015

Photographed Santa Barbara for 43 Years

Photographer Steve Malone spent his life capturing the essential moments in the life of our town. Read story.

Dan Poynter: 1938-2015

Legendary Author and Self-Publishing Pioneer

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual guided countless authors' manuscripts into becoming books. Read story.

Kenneth Storey Korten: 1954 - 2015

A Gifted Artist Who Lived Simply

Santa Barbara artist Kenneth Korten created beautiful objects through careful observation and patient craftsmanship, and he walked gently on this earth. Read story.

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.

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.

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The Rev. Stefani S. Schatz

Stefani grew up in Santa Barbara and it was her wish that after 14 months of struggling ... Read

Rick A. Vega

DATE OF DEATH: 7/12/2017 AGE: 64 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral Service on Saturday at 10:00a.m. ... Read

Frank G. La Barge, AIA

Frank was born in Pond Creek, Oklahoma, on December 6th, 1933. His family moved to California in ... Read

Nino Campobello

Our beloved Nino Campobello left the Earth on his journey home on April 20, 2017. Born in ... Read

Connie Linden

Connie Linden, age 73, passed away peacefully in her home in Santa Barbara, California and joined the ... Read

Richard Joseph (Dick) Blair

Dick Blair of Edwards, Colorado and Santa Barbara, California passed peacefully into the arms of God on ... Read

John W. Shaver

May 1950-July 2017 John leaves behind his friends who will miss him greatly. He was not only ... Read

Frank George La Barge, AIA

Date of Death: July 05, 2017 Age: 83 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Roger Morrison

Roger Morrison, a Santa Barbara resident, age 79, passed away on April 13, 2017. He is survived ... Read

Lucy Maren Smith Lindwall

Lucy Maren Smith Lindwall, 93, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, with her family by her side. ... Read

Matthew David Halych

Date of Death: July 9, 2017 Age: 38 Residence: Ventura formerly of Santa Barbara, CA Services: Viewing ... Read

Billie Clifton

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/05/2017 Age: 85 Occupation: Caterer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Jennifer Hinton

County Residence: Seaside Date of Death: 07/02/2017 Age: 50 Occupation: Elementary School Teacher Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

James Robinson II

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 07/07/2017 Age: 65 Occupation: Motion Picture Prop Master Arrangements by: ... Read

Dolores Perez Lomeli

Date of Death: July 7, 2017 Age: 96 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: The Rosary will be ... Read

Grace Kipp

Grace passed from pancreatic cancer in her home town of Hsinchu, Taiwan on March 16th. Grace was ... Read

Aristea Padilla

Date of Death: July 04, 2017 Age: 78 Residence: Carpenteria, CA Services: Rosary will be Monday, July ... Read

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