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Antonio Martinez Guevara

1924-2015

The patriarch to a large family of children, friends, and customers, Tony Guevara also turned his hand often to repairs. Read story.

Audie Love: 1941-2015

A Teacher in a Million

Audie Love was a noted art teacher nationally, and his encouragement of many students led to professional art careers. Read story.

Cliff Sponsel: 1910 - 2014

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Cliff Sponsel's life spanned from a one-room schoolhouse to an engineering career to a love of cars to some major philanthropy. Read story.

Clare Conk: 1922-2015

Self-Taught Attorney, Social Justice Advocate

At Community Housing, California Rural Legal Assistance, and S.B.'s Legal Defense Center, Clare Conk worked and volunteered her time for social justice. Read story.

Dr. John D. Ehrenborg: 1927 - 2015

Innovative Educator

A student at Hope School and a longtime principal at Monte Vista, John Ehrenborg encouraged teachers' talents and innovations. Read story.

John Steven Harris: 1942-2015

Bodyworker Extraordinaire

An innovative teacher, John Harris had an uncanny knack with trigger points and big, soft, warm, intelligent, responsive hands and feet. Read story.

Alberto Paul Pizano: 1931-2015

A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Alberto Pizano was a multitalented man who founded nonprofits and had a passion for history. He truly excelled in his ability to communicate through the written word. Read story.

Ronald J. Faoro, DVM: 1954-2015

The Saint of St. Francis Pet Clinic

As a veterinarian, Ron had an intelligence, charisma, and passion that were unparalleled. Many of his first clients remain to this day. Read story.

Tony Johansen: 1937 - 2015

Creator of the Glendessary Jam

Tony Johansen was a mentor to dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians in the Santa Barbara area. Read story.

Jeremy Dennis Hass: 1936-2014

Attorney, Social Engineer, Historian

Pearl Chase encouraged Jeremy Hass to become a social engineer on behalf of historic preservation, and he helped restore the Presidio neighborhood as we know it today. Read story.

Sandra K. Smith: 1946-2014

Loving Kindness Her Religion

Loving kindness was Sandy Smith's religion, and she put her philosophy into practice every day. Read story.

Louise Boucher: 1930 – 2013

Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader

Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.

Joseph Scher: 1924 - 2014

Accomplished Mentor and Pragmatic Philanthropist

His wit and wise counsel earned Joe admirers; his kindness and loyalty brought him friends and the love of family. Read story.

Larry Agenbroad: 1933 – 2014

Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend

Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.

Gwen Phillips: 1934-2014

A Champion of Educational Innovation

Her establishment of Open Alternative School opened the door to shared decision-making, hands-on learning, and the wisdom of circle time. Read story.

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Mary L. Backstrom

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/3/1931 DATE OF DEATH: 7/22/2016 AGE: 85 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private services will ... Read

David Louis Sever

Our beloved David passed peacefully into the arms of His loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 20th ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

Born on August, 14, 1935 to Santiago Ramirez and Maria Elena Flores in El Paso Texas. He ... Read

Guillermo Hector Daniel

Guillermo Hector Daniel was born to Dolores Gandarilla Daniel and Victor Hurtado Daniel on January 20th, 1950. ... Read

Rory Steven Willett

66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at The Serenity House in Santa Barbara, CA ... Read

David Louis Sever

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/10/1930 DATE OF DEATH: 7/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION:A Memorial Service ... Read

Freda Jo Ward

DATE OF BIRTH: 2/10/1941 DATE OF DEATH: 7/18/2016 AGE: 75 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett, 76, of Carpinteria, passed away following a brief illness on March 22, 2016, ... Read

James B. Reigle

Reigle, James B. Age 85, formerly of Flint, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in California. Jim was ... Read

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at ... Read

Carmen Aguirre

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-10-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 07-15-2016 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation; ... Read

Peter Kenneth Worsley

Peter was born in London England and married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957. Leaving ... Read

Susanna Fletcher Higman

Susanna Fletcher Higman was born on July 23, 1919, to Arthur and Suzy Baat. The family moved ... Read

Lorraine "Vickie" Bruce

Vickie Bruce passed away May 10, 2016 in New York City surrounded by her family. She was ... Read

Donald Spencer Martin

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/20/1929 DATE OF DEATH: 7/13/2016 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at 9:30 ... Read

Yvonne Thomas Jarvis

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/4/1935 DATE OF DEATH: 7/11/2016 AGE: 80 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

8-14-1935 to 7-4-2016 Donations appreciated at Gofundme.com Gus Ramirez Memorial Fund Read

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