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Gwendolyn DeBard Strong: 2007-2015

A Young, Yet Full, Life Lived

In her 7 years and 9 months, Gwendolyn Strong touched the hearts of many and gave birth to a foundation to fight spinal muscular atrophy. Read story.

Vivian ‘Vie’ Marie Hapeman Obern: 1921 - 2015

Restored Hope House, Championed Trails, a Dedicated Volunteer

Children, bicycles, horses, history, and trails — all became the focus of Vie Obern's forward-looking civic efforts. Read story.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein: 1919-2015

A Member of WWII's White Rose

Dr. George Wittenstein was one of the only survivors of Nazi Germany's White Rose resistance group. Read story.

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.

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James Patrick DeLarvin

DATE OF BIRTH: November 14, 1970 DATE OF DEATH: April 8, 2017 AGE: 46 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Charles Patterson Collier

Charles “Chuck” Collier passed away in peace on April 17, 2017, at Cottage Hospital at the age ... Read

David McLeod Brainard

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

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 Bariş Miller

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

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

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