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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.

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.

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Mary Josephine Little

Mary Jo Little passed away at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 14, 2017 surrounded ... Read

Francis "Franco" Bernard Karzag

FRANCIS (“Franco”) BERNARD KARZAG, a beloved son, brother, father, grandpa, uncle, and husband, as well as a ... Read

David McLeod Brainard

Surfer. Actor. Cyclist. Writer. Teacher. Ironman. Bartender. Realtor. Warrior. Santa Barbara recently lost a mountain of a ... Read

Kevin Thomas O'Dea

DATE OF DEATH: 4/11/2017 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday at 6:00pm at ... Read

David Bariş Miller

Long time Santa Barbara resident, David Bariş Miller, 46, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday ... Read

Obedia Theresa Chierici

DATE OF DEATH: 4/17/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola, ... Read

Virginia Lee Morrissey

DATE OF DEATH: 4/16/2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

Jacqueline Hyde

Jacqueline Hyde, 95, passed away peacefully March 29, 2017 in Santa Barbara. She was born on Feb. ... Read

Edward Tacadena

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 04/07/2017 Age: 69 Occupation: Roofer Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Ray John Cooper "Coop"

John Cooper of Santa Barbara, CA passed away March 28, 2017. Born May 28, 1936 in St. ... Read

Italo F. Castagnola

DATE OF BIRTH: 02-24-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 04-06-2017 AGE: 89 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Services ... Read

Margaret Marini Griffin

Her irresistible positive attitude never left. Yes, you know who she was. The woman who drove around ... Read

Norma Z. Brown

Date of Death: April 1, 2017 Age: 88 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Memorial Service will be Tuesday, ... Read

Michael Towbes

Michael Towbes, age 87, Chairman of the Board of The Towbes Group, Inc. and Montecito Bank & ... Read

Donna C. Saar

Date of Death: April 4, 2017 Age: 72 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Memorial Service will be Tuesday, ... Read

Mark Schlagel

SANTA BARBARA LOCAL THRU & THRU November 25, 1952-March 28, 2017 Mark Schlagel, 64, passed away at ... Read

Betty Jean Nelson

Betty Jean Nelson, 92, died Monday March 6, 2017 of natural causes. She was born 9/14/24 in ... Read

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