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Luis Goena: 1928 - 2014

Dancing with Luis

Folk dancing was a way of life in Santa Barbara in the '60s and '70s, often led by Luis Goena. Read story.

Louise Marie Moulton Hanson: 1914 – 2014

Rancher, Environmentalist

Louise would always say, "Ranchers were the first environmentalists." They care for the land so that it can give back to us all. Read story.

Jack Earl Smith: 1922 – 2014

Sunny Afternoons with Grandpa

Allie Cole remembers sunny afternoons with her grandfather. Read story.

Bill Richardson: 1926 - 2013

Story Teller, Hunter, Renaissance Man

When you had a conversation with Bill, no one else in the world existed. He paid attention. Read story.

Barry Spacks: 1931 – 2014

The Elephant in the Arts Room

I’m tempted to think of Barry Spacks as the elephant in the Santa Barbara poetry room, a creative force central to poetry and the other arts. Read story.

Ted Townsend: 1967-2014

Global Citizen

We've lost a fascinating, inquiring, brave, and caring human being with a sense of humor that wouldn’t quit. Read story.

Robert D. Heeley: 1970 - 2014

Surfer and Artist

The local surf community is a less colorful place now with the loss of a jewel by the name of Robert Heeley. Read story.

Memories of Barry Spacks

Tributes to and remembrances of poet Barry Spacks. Read story.

Mario (Walter) Cimmarrusti, OFM: 1931 - 2013

The Worst of What We Lived

A notorious Catholic priest who abused many boys at St. Anthony's Seminary died on November 23, 2013. Read story.

Pete Seeger: 1919-2014

D.J. Palladino Remembers a Folk Music Icon

Following Seeger's death on January 27, D.J. Palladino looks back on the moment he crowned the songwriter a hero. Read story.

My Old Hero

A Tribute to Barry Spacks

I’ve long considered myself Barry Spacks’s unofficial apprentice. Read story.

Jonny Wallis: 1946 - 2013

A Founding Mother of the City of Goleta

A tireless advocate for Goleta's cityhood, Jonny Wallis sat on the young city's first council and was mayor. Read story.

Robert Christensen: 1928 - 2013

Deep-Sea Diving Pioneer, Educator, and Gentleman

A deep-sea diving pioneer, Christensen was one of the first tenured instructors in SBCC's Marine Technology Program. Read story.

Joy Parkinson: 1924 – 2013

A Hero Moves On

A hero moves on. Read story.

Katherine "K.G." Ann Grgich: 1958 – 2013

Daughter, Sister, Natural Healer

Wherever she lived K.G.'s generous spirit spurred her to volunteer to help troubled youth, animal shelters, a Hawaiian-culture group in Kona. Read story.

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Joshua Christiansson

Celebration of Life For Joshua Christiansson And Grandmother Karen Sunday July 12, 1-4 pm 2427 Murrell Rd. ... Read

Robert Harris Ripley, Jr.

Robert Harris Ripley, Jr. (Bob), 76 of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Santa Barbara, died on March 26, ... Read

Lynn Ripley Willmarth

Lynn Ripley Willmarth, 79, of Marina Del Rey died on April 5, 2015. She was born on ... Read

Esther Isaacson

With the passing of Esther Isaacson on May 25 at age 102, the Santa Barbara County ranching ... Read

Dorothy G Beverly

Dorothy G. Beverly, 90, passed away on June 27, 2015 in Santa Barbara. Services Pending. Read

Wanda M. Barnett

Wanda M. Barnett, 85, passed on June 24, 2015. Formerly of Santa Barbara. Private Services. Read

Vivian Marie Hapeman Obern

Vivian, ‘Vie,’ passed away peacefully on June 21, 2015 at the age of 94. Vivian was born ... Read

Thomas Josephy Easterbrook

Thomas Joseph Easterbrook, 57, passed away on June 29, 2015 in Santa Barbara. No services planned. Read

Karen Christiansson

Karen Christiansson passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in her sleep on the afternoon of June 3, 2015. ... Read

Elizabeth Proffer

Elizabeth Proffer, 100, passed away on June 23, 2015 in Santa Barbara. No Services planned. Read

Josie Mae Howard

Josie Mae Howard, also known as “Jo-Mae,” finished her earthly duties on June 14, 2015, at age ... Read

Graham Ferrier Mackintosh

Graham Ferrier Mackintosh, fine printer and publisher. Born April 13, 1935 in Salt Lake City. He lived ... Read

Lawrence T. Hammett

Lawrence T. Hammett, 81, passed away on June 19, 2015 in Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A memorial ... Read

Eric Schulenberg

Eric-It doesn’t seem possible that you left this earth six years ago. There isn’t a day that ... Read

Frances "Nina" Navarro

Frances “Nina” Navarro, 64, passed away on June 11, 2015 in Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION:Funeral Mass will ... Read

Daniel Joseph O'Connor

Daniel Joseph O'Connor, 77, passed away on June 10, 2015 in Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: A Funeral ... Read

Martha Shore Riel

Martha Jean Shore changed her family forever when she arrived at their home in rural Coats, Kansas, ... Read

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