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. publishes Death Notices, with Service information, at no charge. They appear online and in our Thursday newspaper, if space allows.. Extended Obituaries are also available for a nominal fee.

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Ignacio Manzo Jr.

Date of Death: October 11, 2017 Age: 36 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Viewing will take place ... Read

Gloria Armstrong Lehto

Died in Bend, Oregon on August 8, 2017 two weeks after her 91st birthday. She was born ... Read

Janice Cota Chase

It's been a sad 2 years without my best friend. You touched the hearts of so many. ... Read

Sylvia Glass

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Sylvia passed away, at age 102, on Sept. 27, 2017 ... Read

Custer Charles Baum

Custer Charles Baum was my father. Custer was born in Helena, Montana on March 22, 1914, and ... Read

Evelyn Rowbottam

Evelyn was born in 1919 in Los Angeles, and was one of five children. She survived her ... Read

William "Bill" Swanson

William "Bill" Swanson passed away on October 1, 2017 at Cottage Hospital surrounded by loved ones after ... Read

Howard Charles and Maria Luisa Garcia Menzel

Howard Charles Menzel • 1919 – 2017 Maria Luisa Garcia Menzel • 1920 – 2017 Howard passed ... Read

Daniel R. Walton

In Memoriam (February 2, 1967 - October 5, 2012) Don’t think of him as gone away Life ... Read

Richard "Dick" Arthur Tyler

Richard “Dick” Arthur Tyler, 83, passed away peacefully in Olympia, Washington on Monday, August 28, 2017, after ... Read

Naomi June Grant

DATE OF DEATH: 10/04/2017 AGE: 96 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Jane D. Ayres

DATE OF BIRTH: 07-20-1926 DATE OF DEATH: 09-30-2017 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: No ... Read

Henry Sharp

Henry was born in Oak Park, IL, on Aug 14, 1925 the son of Marie Bussian Sharp ... Read

Max Eugene Henderson

Date of Death: September 30, 2017 Age: 93 Residence: Goleta, CA Services: Funeral Mass will be held ... Read

Joseph Scozzaro

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 09/26/2017 Age: 73 Occupation: Owner of Jazz Club Oyster Bar ... Read

Joseph Dorfman

County Residence: Arroyo Grande Date of Death: 10/03/2017 Age: 99 Occupation: Owner-Operator Antique Store Arrangements by: Coast ... Read

Diana Hull

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 10/01/2017 Age: 93 Occupation: Epidemiologist Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

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