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Gary Ray Chafe: 1937-2017

Artist, Rebel, Wit, and Friend

Gary Chafe was an artist for more than 60 years, and he also founded the Yes Store, was an activist against Big Oil, and helped many along their artistic path. Read story.

In Memoriam: Chris Casebeer, 1946-2017

Expert in the Art of Friendship

In real estate for 44 years, Chris Casebeer’s clients became his friends, and his friends became his clients. Read story.

Doug Miller: 1941-2017

Radical Christian

During his search for authentic Christianity, Doug Miller challenged seminary students to think broadly, supported the interfaith community, and built housing for the homeless. Read story.

Joanne ‘Jody’ White: 1922-2017

Fought the Good Fight for Santa Ynez Valley

Enamored of the natural beauty and rural, agricultural character of the Santa Ynez Valley, Jody White devoted many years to protecting it. Read story.

Philip Koplin: 1942-2017

Editor, Artist, and Funk Zone Pioneer

Philip Ivan Koplin died suddenly of a viral heart infection on July 6, 2017. Read story.

Michael Adam Cobb: 1965-2017

The Soul of Generosity

Mike Cobb was incredibly kind, the person who lent a hand or a board — or any gear that he had. Read story.

Bill Coleman: 1941-2016

Reawakened the Farmers' Market

Known for a personality that could engage nearly anyone, Bill Coleman was a farmer and an important part of the original organic food movement and the development of the current farm-to-table and slow-food trends. Read story.

Harris Seed: 1927-2017

Attorney, Nonprofit Advocate, Businessperson

Stories about Harris Seed’s forceful negotiating style and business acumen are legion. Read story.

Robinson Jay Eikenberry: 1969-2017

A Life of Light and Love

In the studio, Robinson Eikenberry’s gift was touching souls and allowing musicians to open up and express their soul's voice through their instruments. Read story.

Memoirs of a Traveler

'All the Rest Is Silence'

Ralph Lowe's roving life and perceptions take center stage in his memoirs. Read story.

Evelyn Gerlach: 1920 - 2017

'Be Kind to Yourself and Others'

A longtime marriage and family therapist, Evelyn Gerlach was also a self-taught artist. Read story.

James Meade DeLoreto: 1916-2017

James Meade DeLoreto: 1916-2017

James DeLoreto survived his posting as a WWII glider pilot in Europe and became a well-known attorney, president of the Bar, city councilmember, and Italian vice-consul in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Nancy Walker Koppelman: 1954-2017

The Definition of Feminine Power and Grace

An ambassador without a portfolio and a friend to presidents, Nancy Koppelman's greatest gift was her open heart. Read story.

Jody Lynn Kaufman: 1952-2017

Beautiful and Brilliant

All who knew her counted themselves extremely fortunate to have had Jody Kaufman in their lives. Read story.

John W. Carpenter: 1929-2017

Formative Santa Barbara County Sheriff

The county's sheriff from 1971-1990, John Carpenter modernized the department with a combination of planning and political astuteness. Read story.

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Samantha "Sam" Paulson

Samantha “Sam” Paulson, age 20, of Carrington, ND passed on February 12, 2018, at her home. Samantha ... Read

Launa Soske Kitros

In Memory Launa Soske Kitros, a 45-year-resident of Santa Barbara, Calif. passed away peacefully in Orem, Utah ... Read

Robin S. Gauss

On Feb. 17, 2017 Robin S. Gauss passed away. Not long after, an obituary was published in ... Read

Margaret H. Mercado

DATE OF DEATH: 02/14/2018 AGE: 93 RESIDENCE: Formerly of Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 ... Read

Alice Hall

DATE OF DEATH: 02/11/2018 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Graveside Service at Goleta Cemetery on ... Read

Kimberly Helen Flory

Kimberly Flory was born October 19, 1955 in Escondido Ca. She came to Santa Barbara in 1973 ... Read

Mark and Caroline Montgomery

A life lived so beautifully deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us for a CELEBRATION OF ... Read

Stanley Russell Riffle Jr.

Stanley Russell Riffle Jr., 73, of Point Roberts, Washington, passed away peacefully on February 2nd, 2018. Stan ... Read

Victor R. Schumacher

Greatly loved by his family and friends, Victor R. Schumacher, 76, passed away peacefully at Serenity House ... Read

Dorothy (Sievert Burke) Winn

Dorothy (Sievert Burke) Winn died on Feb 01, 2018, after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. ... Read

Jeffery Smith

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/01/2018 Age: 54 Occupation: Textile Assembler Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Dawn Lyman

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 01/30/2018 Age: 49 Occupation: Pastor Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Victor Schumacher

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/0/2018 Age: 76 Occupation: Architect Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

Manuel Rubio

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/08/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: School Janitor Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Sylvia Cleary

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 02/04/2018 Age: 83 Occupation: Vice President Risk Management at Ralph's ... Read

Roger Clark Bradley

Roger Clark Bradley, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017. He succumbed to ... Read

Behjat Ziaee-Yahyavi

“Those who live with love, live forever.” –Rumi Behjat Ziaee-Yahyavi passed away on February 8th, 2018, at ... Read

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