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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

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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.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

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Kevin Wesley Speier

Kevin Wesley Speier was born in Santa Barbara on April 26, 1983 and departed this life on ... Read

Bryan Devin Carreno

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-28-1990 DATE OF DEATH: 02-12-2017 AGE: 26 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION:Visistation; Thursday,9am ... Read

Andrée Marie Harmer

Andrée Marie Harmer died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 21. She ... Read

Else Schilling Bard

Her many grandchildren (she had 16!) called her “Omah”. To friends and family near and far she ... Read

Michael Charles David Laffey

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 62 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Funeral service will be ... Read

Glenn William "Bill" Elliott

Our beloved Bill died at home on February 10, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born June 3, ... Read

John "Gus" Gustave Wollschlaeger

John “Gus” Gustave Wollschlaeger, born March 2, 1959, passed away July 28, 2016. He spent most of ... Read

Robin S. Gauss

Robin S. Gauss left us unexpectedly 2/17/2017. He was a diver, pilot, surfer, friend, and mentor to ... Read

Joseph B. Schomer

Date of Death: February 9, 2017 Age: 71 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: No service planned. Read

Kevin W. Speier

DATE OF BIRTH: April 26, 1983 DATE OF DEATH: February 15, 2017 AGE: 33 RESIDENCE: Goleta, CA ... Read

George Edward McClintock

It was a different era, when all men felt it their patriotic duty to serve in the ... Read

Aurelia H. Herrera

DATE OF BIRTH: June 16,1925 DATE OF DEATH: February 15, 2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on February 13th, 2017. She maintained strong ... Read

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter

Shirley Anne Doris (McLellan) Carter died on Thursday, February 9, surrounded by her family in her home. ... Read

Isidro Torres

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-15-1961 DATE OF DEATH: 02-07-2017 AGE: 55 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Steven John Andrach

51 years, Has gone home to be United With the Lord, February 4th 2017. His Mother, Josie ... Read

Barbara Louise Swain

Louise quietly passed away November 17, 2016, at the age of 87. Born in Longview, WA, she ... Read

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