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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.

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.

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Valencia A. Gustafson

DATE OF BIRTH: May 12, 1929 DATE OF DEATH: May 18, 2017 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Jesus Mendoza Ortega

Jesus Mendoza Ortega, known to his family and many friends as “Guero,” passed away peacefully at his ... Read

Raymond Munoz

It is with great sorrow that Raymond, "Uncle Ray," passed away peacefully with his family at his ... Read

Alver Herman Smith

Assemblage artist. Again with Father Time and Mother Nature. Read

Mary Virginia Erickson

Born November 21, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to parents Frances and Sherrod Noe, Mary Virginia Erickson ... Read

Esperanza Darbyshire

May 27, 2012 4:36pm It's been 5 years, that you went to the house of the Lord. ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

May 27, 1986 I went searching for the words today Seeking them in tree tops and silent ... Read

Natalie Torres

DATE OF DEATH: 5/14/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. Read

Douglas Miller

The Reverend Doctor Douglas Miller died peacefully May 2nd at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after a ... Read

Frederick Allen Niediek

Frederick Allen Niediek, 76, died peacefully, Sunday, March 5, 2017 of a sudden Neuroendocrine Tumor, at his ... Read

Patricia Melbye Becchio

Patricia Melbye Becchio, born in Chicago to Gustave and Helen Melbye, came to Santa Barbara at age ... Read

Tara Cloud

The extraordinary Tara Cloud, traveling scholar, award-winning photographer and blogger (www.travelblog.org /Bloggers/taracloud/), passed away in Arequipa, Peru. ... Read

Stephen Thomas Sewell

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will ... Read

Florence Katz

The music stopped for “Aunt Flo,” Florence Katz, May 6, 2017. She was surrounded by memories, friends, ... Read

Renee Marie Callens

DATE OF DEATH: 05/11/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Carpinteria. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service on Thursday at 2:00 pm ... Read

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola

Italo (Sonny) Castagnola, grandpa extraordinaire, commercial fisherman, war veteran, and survivor of inviting Julia Child over for ... Read

Marcelino T. Dorado

DATE OF BIRTH: June 25, 1957 DATE OF DEATH: May 7, 2017 AGE: 59 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

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