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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.

Nelson Mandela: 1918 – 2013

Das Williams 'Remembers' Nelson Mandela

When the first post-apartheid election campaign began, Das Williams headed to South Africa and worked to get Mandela elected. Read story.

Michelle D. Falvey: 1962-2013

Radiant and Magical Being, Psychotherapist

Family and friends recall a selfless and tender woman who helped many. Read story.

Cork Millner: 1931-2013

Teacher, Mentor, Writer

A popular teacher, mentor, and writer, Cork Millner was known as The Man Who Launched a Thousand Pens. Read story.

Arnita Matthews: 1941 – 2013

Wise Friend, Gentle Soul

For my friend, as she was slowly being evicted from this mortal coil, I couldn’t help but feel the universe was lapping at the soul of the wrong person. Read story.

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Robert William Dodson

Bob Dodson, a long- time resident of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29 at Cottage ... Read

Richard Blair

Richard passed from this world peacefully on April 25,2015 . He was born in Hartford Connecticut ,grew ... Read

John C. Wright

In the early morning of April 18, 2015, John passed away comforted by his family at Serenity ... Read

Audie Love

Audie Love, 73, died peacefully in his sleep on May 2, 2015, after a brief illness. Audie ... Read

Bruce Rolland

Bruce was born on September 3, 1950, in Santa Monica, CA, the 3rd child of Raymond and ... Read

Jacquie Newman

Jacquie passed away on Saturday May 3rd 2014 at 3:15 AM. Jacquie was surrounded by family and ... Read

Robert Callahan

ROBERT EDWYN CALLAHAN died March 9, 2015 at the age of 66. Robert was born in Oceanside, ... Read

Robert L. Hembree

IN MEMORY OF One year ago on May 2nd 2014, my husband passed away from cancer. This ... Read

Norma T. Ziegler

Our mother passed peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Norma was born in Red Bluff, CA on ... Read

Dr. Raymond Albert Buelow

Dr. Raymond Buelow died April 19, 2015 at the age of 81. An air force veteran and ... Read

Florence Mae Ocese

Florence Mae Olcese, 96, passed away on April 23, 2015. No Service Interment. All Souls Cemetery, Long ... Read

Mary B. Prekker

Mary Bernadette Suter was born on Sept 17, 1926 to Sophie and Joseph Suter in Clara City, ... Read

Audrey Violet Holden

Our beloved mother, grand-mother, great-grandmother, Audrey Holden passed away on April 10, 2015 in Brevard, North Carolina. ... Read

Sylvia Valenzuela

Sylvia was born February 16, 1926 in London, England to Leonard (Pop) and Hannah (Nan) Lee, and ... Read

Reverend Jerome Smith

Born on August 4, 1919 in Santa Barbara to Joseph and Susie Smith. He attended schools in ... Read

Richard Langley Schall

Richard Langley Schall, greatly loved and respected husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle died April 18, 2015, ... Read

Samuel Thomas Hurst IV

Sam Hurst died peacefully at his home in Montecito on April 10 of natural causes. He was ... Read

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