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Luis Goena: 1928 - 2014

Dancing with Luis

Folk dancing was a way of life in Santa Barbara in the '60s and '70s, often led by Luis Goena. Read story.

Louise Marie Moulton Hanson: 1914 – 2014

Rancher, Environmentalist

Louise would always say, "Ranchers were the first environmentalists." They care for the land so that it can give back to us all. Read story.

Jack Earl Smith: 1922 – 2014

Sunny Afternoons with Grandpa

Allie Cole remembers sunny afternoons with her grandfather. Read story.

Bill Richardson: 1926 - 2013

Story Teller, Hunter, Renaissance Man

When you had a conversation with Bill, no one else in the world existed. He paid attention. Read story.

Barry Spacks: 1931 – 2014

The Elephant in the Arts Room

I’m tempted to think of Barry Spacks as the elephant in the Santa Barbara poetry room, a creative force central to poetry and the other arts. Read story.

Ted Townsend: 1967-2014

Global Citizen

We've lost a fascinating, inquiring, brave, and caring human being with a sense of humor that wouldn’t quit. Read story.

Robert D. Heeley: 1970 - 2014

Surfer and Artist

The local surf community is a less colorful place now with the loss of a jewel by the name of Robert Heeley. Read story.

Memories of Barry Spacks

Tributes to and remembrances of poet Barry Spacks. Read story.

Mario (Walter) Cimmarrusti, OFM: 1931 - 2013

The Worst of What We Lived

A notorious Catholic priest who abused many boys at St. Anthony's Seminary died on November 23, 2013. Read story.

Pete Seeger: 1919-2014

D.J. Palladino Remembers a Folk Music Icon

Following Seeger's death on January 27, D.J. Palladino looks back on the moment he crowned the songwriter a hero. Read story.

My Old Hero

A Tribute to Barry Spacks

I’ve long considered myself Barry Spacks’s unofficial apprentice. Read story.

Jonny Wallis: 1946 - 2013

A Founding Mother of the City of Goleta

A tireless advocate for Goleta's cityhood, Jonny Wallis sat on the young city's first council and was mayor. Read story.

Robert Christensen: 1928 - 2013

Deep-Sea Diving Pioneer, Educator, and Gentleman

A deep-sea diving pioneer, Christensen was one of the first tenured instructors in SBCC's Marine Technology Program. Read story.

Joy Parkinson: 1924 – 2013

A Hero Moves On

A hero moves on. Read story.

Katherine "K.G." Ann Grgich: 1958 – 2013

Daughter, Sister, Natural Healer

Wherever she lived K.G.'s generous spirit spurred her to volunteer to help troubled youth, animal shelters, a Hawaiian-culture group in Kona. Read story.

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Ann Frances Winters

Ann Frances Winters, born in England on Feb 6th 1953 passed away Sunday March 9, 2014. She ... Read

Charles "Chuck" Rao

11/1950 -3/2014 Charles "Chuck" Rao passed away in Santa Barbara, CA on March 31st, 2014 after battling ... Read

Dorothy Clements Spence Mitchum

Dorothy Clements Spence Mitchum, a daughter of William Lemuel Spence and Ina Clements Spence, born in Camden, ... Read

Elizabeth R. Kronen

KRONEN, Elizabeth R.; of Santa Barbara; died April 9, 2014 (Born: 07/14/1925); she was 88. Services Pending. ... Read

Daniel William "Stoney" Stonecipher

Born in Oakland, California to Maxine and William Stonecipher, the family relocated to Newark, Delaware thereafter where ... Read

Peter Meijes Tiersma

TIERSMA, Peter Meijes; of Goleta; died April 13, 2014; he was 61. Private service pending. Arrangements by ... Read

Mildred Edith Lowe

LOWE, Mildred Edith; of Horse Creek CA, formerly of Goleta; died April 9, 2014; she was 103; ... Read

Mary Grace Canfield

Mary Grace Canfield, veteran actress, mother, grandmother and friend, who was grateful for every day of life, ... Read

Beverly "Betty" Sanders

Beverly Sanders (Betty to everyone who knew her) died peacefully on April 8, 2014, two and half ... Read

Gwendolyn Shirley

Gwendolyn Shirley, 89, of Goleta passed away in her sleep on April 7th, 2014. She is survived ... Read

Francis H. Cassidy

CASSIDY, Francis H.; of Santa Barbara; died April 6, 2014 (Born: 01/27/1924); she was 90. Funeral Mass ... Read

Elizabeth L. Crews

CREWS, Elizabeth L.; of Santa Barbara; died April 6, 2014; she was 87. Services are pending. Arrangements ... Read

Tracie Virene Klosowski

KLOSOWSKI, Tracie Virene; of Santa Barbara; died April 6, 2014; she was 27. SERVICE: Friday, 5:00 - ... Read

Gary Reisenweber

On March 17th, 2014, Gary Reisenweber, passed peacefully in his sleep. He was born on July 20, ... Read

Richard "Jeff" Jeffers

JEFFERS, Richard “Jeff”; of Santa Barbara; died March 20, 2014. Memorial Mass 12:30pm, April 26, San Roque ... Read

Charles B. Versola, Jr.

VERSOLA, Charles B., Jr.; formerly of Santa Barbara; died March 21, 2014 (Born: 10/20/1974); he was 39. ... Read

Dr. Joseph Zimmerman

Beloved father, grandfather and friend to all in need, passed away in the early morning hours of ... Read

Billy Collins & Aimee Mann

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Former U.S. Poet Laureate ... Read More