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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.

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.

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Nancy Jean Salvucci

Nancy Jean Salvucci, 61, passed away peacefully at home in Santa Barbara, California, on September 20th, 2016, ... Read

Dr. Gerald Ray White (Jerry)

Dr. Gerald Ray White (Jerry), 86, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away early Sunday morning September 4, ... Read

Lois Clark McCoy

Lois Clark McCoy served as President of the National Association for Search and Rescue. She then founded ... Read

Orlando "Londi" Ciabattoni

A Celebration of Life will be held for Orlando "Londi" Ciabattoni, who passed away on August 15, ... Read

Joan Reis

Joan Reis died on September 21. She was born in St Louis, the first of two children ... Read

Bobby Eugene Hodges

Bobby Eugene Hodges, 76, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2016 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara ... Read

Margie Sharpe

Margie Sharpe died peacefully on September 17, 2016. She was born Margaret Elizabeth Benbury on June 28, ... Read

Linda Colleen Conklin Peterson

DATE OF BIRTH: June 8, 1952 DATE OF DEATH: September 16, 2016 AGE: 64 RESIDENCE: Spokane WA, ... Read

William E. Rangel

DATE OF DEATH: 9/11/2016 AGE: 68 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Celebration of Life will be held ... Read

Joanne Cora Hull (Dal Pozzo) Carroll

Joanne, our cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother (GramGram), cousin and friend passed away peacefully on September ... Read

Carmen Vargas

DATE OF DEATH: 9/16/2016 AGE: 71 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending . Read

Lester Wayne Pixler

DATE OF BIRTH: November 1, 1918 DATE OF DEATH: September 15, 2016 AGE: 97 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

Cynthia (Cindy) Gene Nesheim

Cynthia (Cindy) Gene Nesheim passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 16, 2016 in Madison, WI. ... Read

Arthur "Jerry" Boyd Ward

Arthur “Jerry” Boyd Ward (4/9/1932-9/14/2016) grew up in Darien, CT and attended Phillips Academy Andover, MA followed ... Read

Rose Marie Smith-O'Neill

DATE OF BIRTH: 08-13-1925 DATE OF DEATH: 09-18-2016 AGE: 91 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Mass; ... Read

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus died on September 13, 2016 after an extended illness. She was born at ... Read

Katherine "K.G." Grgich

Kathy, Our flesh and blood; forever in our heart and souls. September 23rd marks the 3 year ... Read

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