Henry left peacefully from his
Santa Barbara home on Nov. 16th.
A native of Santa Barbara
whose family has been here since
the turn of the 20th century.
He grew up in the depression and
at the age of twelve began working
to support his family. This was
a point of pride for Henry.
He valued hard work and
The 1940’s was his favorite decade.
His eyes glowed when he reminisced
about dancing to Glenn Miller
and Tommy Dorsey. A good dancer and
guitarist, he learned the music
of the famous “Trio de Los Ponchos”.
Modest about his talents, he even played
“Boogie Woogie” on the piano.
Henry was a passionate billiard
player and proud member of
the Elks for over 60 years.
His unconventional style earned
him the nickname “The Phantom”.
This referred to how fast he
moved around the table. Many fell
to the Elks’ best player.
His greatest victory came in
Vallejo, CA. This contest featured
two Egyptian champions who were
favored to win. However, as the
Vallejo news reported, each one
fell to the veteran Henry Ybarra.
He played until his last days,
humbly passing on his knowledge
to anyone who asked. He is revered
by the Elks club and a plaque
will be placed on his favorite
table by his colleagues.
Henry loved Santa Barbara
and this city has lost a quiet
pillar in the community. Anyone
who knew him would say
that they were happy to have
“The Leader of the Band is tired
and his eyes are growing old.
But his blood runs through
my instrument and his
song is in my soul”.
Services will be held at
Our Lady of Sorrows on
Sat. Nov 29th. 10am.