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Joan Magruder (1939-2016)

Santa Barbara's Fairy Godmother

Joan Magruder died reluctantly after a lifetime as a blonde hurricane, championing others while overcoming personal fears, and lovingly spoiling her grandchildren. Read story.

Ripkyn Strader-Murphy: 1996 – 2016

In the end, it was Ripkyn's goodness that made you swoon. Read story.

Thomas Myles Steinbeck: 1944-2016

Writer and Raconteur

The writer of several novels and a fierce defender of the works of his father, John, Thomas Steinbeck left with the Perseid meteor shower this year. Read story.

Sue Higman: 1919-2016

A True Pearl's Girl

Feisty and dogged, Sue Higman had learned at Pearl Chase's knee that the good fight was a tireless one, skills she used to save the Wilcox property. Read story.

Manuel Mata Barajas: 1937-2016

Patriarch of the Rose Café #2

After working with his mother at her Haley Street restaurant, Manuel Barajas opened his own Rose Café on the Mesa in 1980. Read story.

Elie Wiesel: 1928-2016

A Remembrance

“When a Jew cries, 20 centuries cry with him or her," he told the author. Read story.

Dennis Spangler: 1953-2016

Fabric Designer, Jewelry Maker

Dennis Spangler made hand-colored fabrics for an exclusive clientele, designed jewelry, and converted found objects into marvelous art pieces. Read story.

Cedric James Robinson: 1940-2016

Uncowed and Unbowed

Cedric James Robinson was born in Oakland, California, on November 11, 1940. Read story.

Robert Klausner: 1926-2016

Power Broker in Santa Barbara for Two Decades

On the frontlines of Santa Barbara environmentalism and politics for two decades, Bob Klausner lent his intellect and intensity to progressive goals. Read story.

Muhammad Ali: 1942-2016

The Conscience of a Generation

Muhammad Ali, an ever greater showman, put it all on the line time after time in the ring, in his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and in his embrace of Islam. Read story.

Margaret "Peggy" Louise Hurst: 1930-2016

A Passion for the Road

Peggy Hurst is remembered as a "home economist" extraordinaire with a passion for hitting the road. Read story.

Jonathan Edward Bailey: 1952-2016

A Good Cop

Jon Bailey enjoyed being a guardian. He was good at it, because he loved what he did. Read story.

Walter Kohn: 1923-2016

Nobel Laureate, Physicist, Peace Advocate

Though science and physics were his life, Walter Kohn was a humanist, artist, and philosopher who mentored and inspired students and colleagues alike. Read story.

Harold ‘Rusty’ Fairly: 1932-2016

Athlete, Coach, City Councilmember

Rusty Fairly was a tough football and baseball coach for UCSB and SBCC, and he later brought his down-to-earth style to the City Council. Read story.

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.

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Robin S. Gauss

On Feb. 17, 2017 Robin S. Gauss passed away. Not long after, an obituary was published in ... Read

Mark and Caroline Montgomery

A life lived so beautifully deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us for a CELEBRATION OF ... Read

Margaret H. Mercado

DATE OF DEATH: 02/14/2018 AGE: 93 RESIDENCE: Formerly of Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 ... Read

Alice Hall

DATE OF DEATH: 02/11/2018 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service at Goleta Cemetery on ... Read

Kimberly Helen Flory

Kimberly Flory was born October 19, 1955 in Escondido Ca. She came to Santa Barbara in 1973 ... Read

Victor R. Schumacher

Greatly loved by his family and friends, Victor R. Schumacher, 76, passed away peacefully at Serenity House ... Read

Stanley Russell Riffle Jr.

Stanley Russell Riffle Jr., 73, of Point Roberts, Washington, passed away peacefully on February 2nd, 2018. Stan ... Read

Dorothy (Sievert Burke) Winn

Dorothy (Sievert Burke) Winn died on Feb 01, 2018, after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. ... Read

Sylvia Cleary

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/04/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: Vice President Risk Management at Ralph's ... Read

Jeffery Smith

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/01/2018 Age: 54 Occupation: Textile Assembler Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Dawn Lyman

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 01/30/2018 Age: 49 Occupation: Pastor Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Victor Schumacher

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/0/2018 Age: 76 Occupation: Architect Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Manuel Rubio

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/08/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: School Janitor Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Hilton Masami Sumida

Hilton Masami Sumida passed away peacefully but unexpectedly in his sleep of a heart attack on Wednesday, ... Read

Mark "Hoss" Amans

Mark “Hoss” Amans, a Santa Barbara resident and friend to many in our community for over 25 ... Read

Roger Clark Bradley

Roger Clark Bradley, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017. He succumbed to ... Read

Behjat Ziaee-Yahyavi

“Those who live with love, live forever.” –Rumi Behjat Ziaee-Yahyavi passed away on February 8th, 2018, at ... Read

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