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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.

Louise Boucher: 1930 – 2013

Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader

Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.

Joseph Scher: 1924 - 2014

Accomplished Mentor and Pragmatic Philanthropist

His wit and wise counsel earned Joe admirers; his kindness and loyalty brought him friends and the love of family. Read story.

Larry Agenbroad: 1933 – 2014

Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend

Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.

Gwen Phillips: 1934-2014

A Champion of Educational Innovation

Her establishment of Open Alternative School opened the door to shared decision-making, hands-on learning, and the wisdom of circle time. Read story.

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.

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Dr. Joan Grumman

Joan Grumman, Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College from 1972¬1996, passed peacefully at Serenity House ... Read

Patricia Everett Lacks

Dr. Patricia Lacks, age 75, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on December 3, 2016 after a ... Read

Margaret Lopez

Mom your loving caring and a beautiful person to all especially your family and friends you are ... Read

Joy Ivern Fringer Saragosa

On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Joy Ivern Fringer Saragosa, 72, of Santa Barbara, California, passed peacefully from ... Read

Pat Wells Farwell

Pat Wells Farwell was born in Skagway, Alaska on January 26, 1919. He passed away November 19, ... Read

Dan P. Parks

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

Tom Merkel

Tom Merkel age 59 Artist and Friend Tom is survived by his brothers Nicholas, Benjamin, and Henry. ... Read

Herbert R. Pfannenstiel

DATE OF DEATH: 11/23/2016 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 450 Ward Dr. ... Read

Patricia McCloskey

Date of Death: November 29, 2016 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Cresenciano Hernandez (Chano/Joe) Vazquez

We have lost an amazing, kind and loving man that touched so many lives. He left us ... Read

Don Warren

Date of Death: November 15, 2016 Age: 87 Residence: Santa Barbara, CA Services: Memorial service will be ... Read

Cresenciano H. Vazquez

DATE OF DEATH: 11/27/2016 AGE: 83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola ... Read

Elizabeth Erin Neal

Elizabeth Erin Neal, 48, passed away November 16, 2016 after a short battle with cancer and pneumonia. ... Read

John Fred Aros

John Fred Aros was born on April 27, 1964 in Santa Barbara, CA and went home to ... Read

Maria Elena Lorca

Maria Elena Lorca, our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, and a long time resident of Old Town ... Read

Maria Elena Lorca

DATE OF DEATH: 11/20/2016 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Goleta. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary at St. Raphaels Church on Wednesday, ... Read

Richard C. Schwartz

In Remembrance of Richard C. Schwartz September 2, 1932-October 28, 2016. Richard passed away in Santa Rosa, ... Read

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