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Agnes Mata Guevara:  1917 - 2014

Matriarch of the Rose Café

When Mamanita began working at the Rose Café in 1945, she worked 16-hour days, seven days a week, for eight years, making 75 cents an hour. Read story.

William Samuel DeMayo: 1921 - 2014

A Return to Freedom

Bill DeMayo was grateful for all life offered, from the GI Bill to the people he met. Read story.

Léni Fé Bland: 1915-2014

A Wise Friend and Philanthropist

Léni Fé Bland was a great friend to the music and dance communities. Read story.

Lynn T. Burtness: 1938 – 2014

Heart of Gold

Our mother's love of sewing continued her entire life, and the layers of our Fiesta flower girl skirts are among our most prized possessions. Read story.

Richard García: 1947–2014

Un Hombre de la Raza

A Vietnam vet and UCSB graduate, García worked for equality for Hispanic peoples. Read story.

Swingin' Dave Collert: 1952-2014

Guitar Master

Master guitarist David Collert was known as “Swingin’ Dave” thanks to his guitar prowess and larger-than-life persona. Read story.

Ralph Fertig: 1939-2014

Bicycle Hero

So many solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety in Santa Barbara can be laid at Ralph Fertig's feet. Read story.

To Richard

Remembering a Neighbor Who Didn't Live in a House

Remembering a neighbor who didn't live in a house. Read story.

Remembering Tom Sneddon

I am the only lawyer who tried six felonies to a jury verdict against TWS, and then I worked for him for 24 years after I quit defense work. Read story.

Darcy Aston: 1959-2014

Watershed Woman

Though Darcy has passed on, her signs can be found, literally, around town: interpretive signs about plants and animals and “no dumping, drains to ocean” signs on storm drains. Read story.

Thomas W. Sneddon, Jr.: 1941 – 2014

A Great and Caring District Attorney

Santa Barbara County's District Attorney from 1983-2006, Tom loved his family first, then his job, friends, softball, golf, and Notre Dame. Read story.

Rob Puddicombe: 1950-2014

Compassionate Activist

An activist to save I.V.'s Perfect Park, he also tried to prevent the extermination of the black rats of Anacapa Island. Read story.

Joanne Maureen Miller: 1928 - 2014

A Courageous Fighter for Equality

Many remember Jo for serving those less fortunate and for leading community causes. Read story.

John L. Sirois III: 1946-2014

The Sage of Summerland

Smart, steady, and kind, John Sirois was a fine photographer, respected real estate agent, and a regular at the Summerland Post Office. Read story.

Alfred 'Al' Alvarez: 1961-2014

SBPD Records Specialist and Friend

Remembering Al Alvarez, a records specialist at SBPD and friend. Read story.

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David Louis Sever

DATE OF BIRTH: 4/10/1930 DATE OF DEATH: 7/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION:A Memorial Service ... Read

Yvonne Thomas Jarvis

Yvonne Camella Thomason was born in 1935 Oklahoma, and grew up in Blythe. California. At 17, she ... Read

Freda Jo Ward

DATE OF BIRTH: 2/10/1941 DATE OF DEATH: 7/18/2016 AGE: 75 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett

Dr. Gretchen Fall Burnett, 76, of Carpinteria, passed away following a brief illness on March 22, 2016, ... Read

James B. Reigle

Reigle, James B. Age 85, formerly of Flint, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in California. Jim was ... Read

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda

Lorenzo Dominique Sauceda went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at ... Read

Carmen Aguirre

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-10-1928 DATE OF DEATH: 07-15-2016 AGE: 88 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation; ... Read

Susanna Fletcher Higman

Susanna Fletcher Higman was born on July 23, 1919, to Arthur and Suzy Baat. The family moved ... Read

Peter Kenneth Worsley

Peter was born in London England and married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957. Leaving ... Read

Donald Spencer Martin

DATE OF BIRTH: 1/20/1929 DATE OF DEATH: 7/13/2016 AGE: 87 RESIDENCE: Solvang. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at 9:30 ... Read

Lorraine "Vickie" Bruce

Vickie Bruce passed away May 10, 2016 in New York City surrounded by her family. She was ... Read

Gustavo Ramirez

8-14-1935 to 7-4-2016 Donations appreciated at Gofundme.com Gus Ramirez Memorial Fund Read

Yvonne Thomas Jarvis

DATE OF BIRTH: 9/4/1935 DATE OF DEATH: 7/11/2016 AGE: 80 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

Abraham Lincoln wrote: "And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, ... Read

William Cress Alexander

William Cress Alexander was called home to be with his Lord on June 30, 2016. Bill was ... Read

Beatrice "Mamala" Antenore

Born April 2, 1924, New York, New York, where she proudly attended Music and Arts High School; ... Read

Edgar Rickard "Rick" Mohun

Beloved husband, father, and friend passed away in June. Rick lived a long, full life enriched by ... Read

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