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Leonel Acosta: 1932-2014

From Huetamo to Santa Barbara, Many Times

Born in Huetamo, Michoacán, México, Leonel Acosta inspired his family with his life and his lessons. Read story.

Eva Landecker Menkin: 1923-2014

Therapist, Writer, Tennis Enthusiast, Proprietor of the Menkin Motel

The therapist, author, tennis enthusiast, and proprietor of the Menkin Motel is lovingly remembered by her son. Read story.

Mesa Memories of Chris Whitcraft

Remembering the Winemaker, Friend, Neighbor, and Co-Founder of This Weekend's Santa Barbara Wine Festival

Three friends remember the winemaker, neighbor, and co-founder of this weekend's Santa Barbara Wine Festival. Read story.

Fred Kavli: 1927 – 2013

Physicist, Philanthropist

The physicist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist endowed institutes and chairs at universities around the world, including UCSB. Read story.

Bill Yerkes: 1934 – 2014

Solar Pioneer

Bill Yerkes brought solar power — and the price per watt — down to earth from its development in the space industry. Read story.

Lorenzo 'Dal' Dall’Armi: 1922-2014

Educator, Athlete, Chef

Past president of SBCC and county superintendent of schools, Lorenzo Dall'Armi also once traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters. Read story.

Joe Pasinato: 1950-2014

The Face of the Forest Service

The Forest Service's Joe Pasinato is remembered for his dry wit and can-do attitude. Read story.

Brock Brower: 1931-2014

Author and Journalist’s Work Spanned Media and Eras

From novels to journalism to television, Brock Brower’s distinctive voice shaped American culture. Read story.

Barney Berglund: 1957 –2014

Devoted Dad, Avid Cyclist, Community Volunteer

Father, avid bicyclist, community volunteer, Barney Berglund is remembered fondly by many of his friends. Read story.

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.

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Larry Ayres

Born November 15, 1939 in Lewiswtown, PA to parents Thomas and Evelyn (Finan) Ayres; passed on November ... Read

Gloria Sokol Betz

Memorial Meeting Please Join us as we celebrate the lives of GLORIA SOKOL BETZ, 1929-2014 and PETER ... Read

Peter Cohen

Memorial Meeting Please Join us as we celebrate the lives of GLORIA SOKOL BETZ, 1929-2014 and PETER ... Read

Robert "Cocoa" Berken

Cocoa passed away on November 22, 2014 in the company of his beloved wife of 45 years, ... Read

Henry Ybarra

Henry left peacefully from his Santa Barbara home on Nov. 16th. A native of Santa Barbara whose ... Read

Julie Brasseur Benson

Julie Brasseur Benson died unexpectedly in her home in Los Olivos on the early morning of October ... Read

Manfred A. Gauer

Known by friends as Freddy passed away peacefully on November 12, 2014 at age 43 after a ... Read

Frank Molina

During this season of Thanksgiving, we remember Frank Molina who died peacefully at home in Santa Barbara, ... Read

Angela Russell

Angela was born Angela Carol Hammond on April 9, 1945 in Normanton, in the West Riding of ... Read

John Daniel Van Ryn

He is a deeply loved father, adored brother, uncle, and friend. He will be greatly missed. He ... Read

Ruby Grace Hernandez

Hernandez, Ruby Grace, 87, of Santa Barbara, died at the Californian on November 16, 2014. The Rosary ... Read

Paula V. Loomis

Paula V. Loomis, 87, passed away in Santa Barbara on November 14th, 2014. A memorial service will ... Read

Mario Johnson

Mario Johnson, 57, of Santa Barbara passed away on November 16th, 2014. A Memorial Service is Pending. Read

Richard Young

Richard Young, 93, passed away in Santa Barbara on November 3rd, 2014. Memorial Service - Saturday, November ... Read

Mandfred A. Gauer

Manfred A. Gauer, 43, passed away in Santa Barbara on November 11th, 2014. Services are pending Read

John Karl Mielke

John Karl Mielke Sr. of Morro Bay, California left this world unexpectedly on October 8th 2014 at ... Read

Dorothy Eugene Fredendall McNeil

I was born in Columbia, Missouri, to loving, supporting parents. They both knew that all humans worldwide ... Read

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