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Maureen Lance: 1938-2017

The Bird Lady

“Are you the bird lady?” For many years after failing eyesight forced Maureen Lance to give up caring for injured or orphaned birds, she would get such phone calls and was able to direct the caller to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Read story.

Bob Saunders: 1943-2017

The Man Who Loved Horses

A large-animal doctor, Bob Saunders treated cattle, ostriches, llamas, and alpacas during his time, but his business was horses. Read story.

Phil Womble: 1936-2017

A Man Who Never Gave Up

Phil Womble, an inspirational sports fan known as ‘Gaucho Phil,’ was a crusader for people with disabilities. Read story.

Frances Garvin Puccinelli: 1951-2016

A Woman of Action and a Maker

An art lover, rug crafter, and great friend, Fran Puccinelli was described as "the youngest person in the room.” Read story.

Nat Hentoff: 1925-2017

Words as Music to the Ears and Mind

Legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff was also a noted writer about First Amendment rights. Read story.

Corey S. Dubin: 1955-2017

A Powerful Voice and Advocate

Corey Dubin was passionate about social justice and had a true ability to hold political and emotional space for those who had no advocate in this life. Read story.

Michael Waugh Jochim: 1975-2015

A Very Able Individual

Born with a physical disability, Michael Jochim lived a life full of sports, archaeology, beach visits, humor, and freedom. Read story.

Mike Moses: 1957-2016

Santa Barbara Firefighter and Malibu Lifeguard

Mike Moses was a longtime ladder truck captain for Santa Barbara City Fire and lifeguard for Los Angeles County. Read story.

Stanley Sheinbaum: 1920-2016

A Life Fully Lived

A strong backer of liberal causes, politicians, and publications, Stanley Sheinbaum blew the whistle on the CIA's covert torture program in Vietnam and later came to Santa Barbara to join the Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Read story.

John Robert 'Bob' Haller

1930-2016

With a love of the natural world that he shared with all, renowned botanist Bob Haller preferred to see his Trees of Santa Barbara on the front seat of cars with smudge prints, dog-eared pages, and leaves stuck in it. Read story.

Danielle K. Chackel: 1970-2016

A Kind Heart in Bankruptcy Court

Danielle Chackel, the liaison for free legal clinics at Bankruptcy Court, was a wonderful listener who cared deeply for all living things. Read story.

Dan Secord: 1936–2016

An Orphan Who Delivered 6,000 Babies

An ob-gyn and a city councilmember for many years in the community, Dr. Dan Secord left behind a multitude of friends, many of who sang him a last farewell. Read story.

Tom Hayden: 1939-2016

Beloved Comrade

Tom Hayden was famous as a politician and 1960s radical, but the former altar boy was also an electrifying speaker. Read story.

Ed Laing : 1933–2016

Democratic Socialist and Secular Humanist

An attorney and philosopher, Ed Laing worked for social justice during the dark days of the McCarthy era and up until he died. Read story.

Andrew David Darke: 1965-2016

Little League Baseball Coach

Andrew Darke's coaching for Little League teams was only a part of his life, but his friendship and demeanor on the field profoundly affected the players and the parents. Read story.

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Robin S. Gauss

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

Mark and Caroline Montgomery

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

Victor R. Schumacher

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

Stanley Russell Riffle Jr.

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

Dorothy (Sievert Burke) Winn

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

Sylvia Cleary

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

Hilton Masami Sumida

Hilton Masami Sumida passed away peacefully but unexpectedly in his sleep of a heart attack on Wednesday, ... Read

Mark "Hoss" Amans

Mark “Hoss” Amans, a Santa Barbara resident and friend to many in our community for over 25 ... 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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