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John Joseph Alvarado: 1933-2016

A Very Good Life

Relatives, friends, and customers alike remember John Alvarado's integrity and kindness; he leaves behind a proud heritage. Read story.

George Solinas: 1926-2015

A Builder of Community

George Solinas worked with the United Farm Workers, La Casa de la Raza, and many others who needed his artistry and building skills. Read story.

William Matthew Connell: 1954-2016

Hot Dog Man, Legislative Crusader

Bill Connell nourished customers with hot dogs and wise-cracking asides at his Carpinteria Bluffs stand — with which he won for all veteran vendors tax-free status. Read story.

Dr. Marianna Masin: 1918-2015

Distinguished Cancer Researcher

A survivor of Majdanek prison camp, Dr. Marianna Masin pioneered early cancer detection with her husband at Sansum Medical Research Foundation. Read story.

James Louis Pattillo: 1920-2015

One of the Greatest Generation

From humble beginnings, Jim Pattillo became a decorated WWII pilot and judge of the Santa Barbara courts. Read story.

Kenji Ota: 1923 - 2015

Martial Arts and Ballroom Dance Sensei

Gruff, warm, commanding, and relentlessly generous, Ken Ota combined the teaching of martial arts and ballroom dance. Read story.

Ed Mannon: 1953 - 2016

Homeless Rights Advocate, Street Person

Ed Mannon occupied the epicenter of homeless activism in the 1980s, challenging the "no camping" ordinance and getting voting rights for people with no "fixed domicile." Read story.

J.J. Hollister III: 1932-2016

Gaviota Rancher, Raconteur

An attorney, rancher, and grand storyteller, J.J. Hollister left a legacy of civic and family pride. Read story.

Haskell Wexler: 1922-2015

The People’s Cinematographer

Haskell Wexler earned Oscars for producing a short film and two for cinematography, and recognition at Cannes along the way. Read story.

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.

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Elizabeth F. Stone

Elizabeth F. Stone passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 9, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. ... Read

Domingo Saragosa

Date of Death: December 13, 2017 Age: 100 Residence: Carpinteria, CA Services: Friday, December 22, 2017 – ... Read

Karl Sivert Hove

Karl Hove passed away peacefully on December 7, 2017. He was born to Peter and Lillian Hove ... Read

Teri Oelschlager Irvine

DATE OF DEATH: 12/07/2017 AGE: 74 RESIDENCE: GOLETA. SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending Read

Sol "George" Sirkin

George Sirkin-dearly loved husband, father and grandfather passed on peacefully November 23 at Serenity House in Santa ... Read

Dan P. Parks

...It was a sunny Mesa Christmas Day back in 1965 for Realtor Dan P. Parks. Born 04/29/1927 ... Read

Elizabeth F. Stone

DATE OF DEATH: 12/09/2017 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Interment will be in Georgetown, MA Read

Paul Anthony Zamora

Born September 18, 1957 to Paul Zamora and Diane Skare-Zamora, Paul passed away November 24, 2017 at ... Read

Anita Loredo

Date of Death: December 7, 2017 Age: 79 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Services are currently pending. Read

Cory Breck Rodriguez

Cory Breck Rodriguez, born August 25, 1991 in Santa Barbara and passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. ... Read

Sylvia Macks

Sylvia Macks County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/08/2017 Age: 93 Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Carolyn Calandro

Carolyn Calandro (nee Hohman) passed away on December 6, 2017 surrounded by her husband John, her children ... Read

Max Lynn

Max Lynn was born January 1st, 1935 in Winchester, Kansas and passed away on November 15th, 2017 ... Read

Tavia Damron

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 12/05/2017 Age: 89 Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura & ... Read

Cory Breck Rodriguez

AGE: 26 RESIDENT OF: ATASCADERO DATE OF DEATH: 12/03/2017 PLACE OF DEATH: ATASCADERO, CA Read

Martin Kellogg

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 11/24/2017 Age: 72 Occupation: Naturalist Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations Ventura ... Read

Juanita Montiel

County Residence: Lompoc Date of Death: 11/30/2017 Age: 86 Occupation: Registered Nurse Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

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