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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.

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.

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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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