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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.

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.

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Phyllis J. Flett

DATE OF BIRTH: 06-03-1924 DATE OF DEATH: 09-17-2017 AGE: 93 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Services ... Read

Phyllis Jeanne Flett

Phyllis Jeanne Flett, 93 years old and life-long resident of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully on the ... Read

Tracie Marie Gunderson

Tracie Marie Gunderson, 34, died on September 6th, 2017, from an aortic artery aneurism, in Santa Barbara, ... Read

Harry Graham

Harry Graham died in July from catastrophic brain injury resulting from a fall. He was removed from ... Read

Frank Leroy Warren

Frank Leroy Warren passed away peacefully early Wednesday, September 13 at the age of 92 in the ... Read

James Wm "Jim" Maddalon

James Wm Maddalon ("Jim") originally of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away at age 66 at his home ... Read

Naomi Dawn Trinidad Alcasas Castanon

Passed away peacefully on September 10, 2017. Born October 11, 1981 in Santa Barbara. Naomi was a ... Read

Philip "Bud" Tullis

On August 31st, 2017, Philip ‘Bud’ Tullis let go after over 3 years work at recovering from ... Read

Mae Alice "Sammy" Lynaugh

Mae Alice “Sammy” Lynaugh, lover of animals, advocate for children with disabilities, passionate fan of Tony Bennet ... Read

Eileen Jo Said Dykema

Eileen was a beautiful woman who loved God first and loved her family and friends deeply. She ... Read

Chris Casebeer

Chris Casebeer was a man who was big, bold, and full of love. Breaking social norms everywhere ... Read

Eric H. Boehm

Eric H. Boehm passed away peacefully at home on September 11, 2017, at age 99. Eric was ... Read

Robert Morrell Talley

Robert Morrell Talley passed away peacefully on September 11 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. True to the ... Read

Joseph Manuel "Manny" Osuna

Joseph Manuel "Manny" Osuna was born on April 25, 1949 and he passed away peacefully on September ... Read

Linda Hinkle

Linda Hinkle passed away while surrounded by family on August 12, 2017, due to complications from a ... Read

Patricia L. Bunce

DATE OF BIRTH: 10-17-1939 DATE OF DEATH: 09-09-2017 AGE: 77 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Alexis Maria Keramaris

Alexis Maria Keramaris was born Oct 20, 1991 in Santa Barbara to Nick Keramaris and Terry Chlentzos. ... Read

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