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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.

Nelson Mandela: 1918 – 2013

Das Williams 'Remembers' Nelson Mandela

When the first post-apartheid election campaign began, Das Williams headed to South Africa and worked to get Mandela elected. Read story.

Michelle D. Falvey: 1962-2013

Radiant and Magical Being, Psychotherapist

Family and friends recall a selfless and tender woman who helped many. Read story.

Cork Millner: 1931-2013

Teacher, Mentor, Writer

A popular teacher, mentor, and writer, Cork Millner was known as The Man Who Launched a Thousand Pens. Read story.

Arnita Matthews: 1941 – 2013

Wise Friend, Gentle Soul

For my friend, as she was slowly being evicted from this mortal coil, I couldn’t help but feel the universe was lapping at the soul of the wrong person. Read story.

Albert 'Bud' Wheelon: 1929-2013

Scientist, Patriot, Gentleman

Albert "Bud" Wheelon, developer of the first U.S. spy satellite, was a quiet man who lived with his adored wife Cicely on a side street in Montecito without drawing attention to himself. Read story.

Henry H. Tai, 1922-2012

Journalist, Librarian, Community Builder

Our father set out from his home village in Jiangsu Province for a 1,000-mile trek through war-torn China in 1943. His sole purpose: to go to college. Read story.

Mary Carol Edwards, 1924 – 2013

Spiritual Seeker, Wise Woman

The Rev. Dr. Mary Carol Edwards, a spiritual seeker and wise woman, died peacefully on August 22, in a hospice in Abingdon, Virginia. Read story.

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Gerda Geppert

GEPPERT, Gerda; 86, of Santa Barbara, passed away July 6, 2014. Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett and Associates ... Read

Ralph Fertig

Dear Friends, The Santa Barbara bicycling community suffered a devastating loss on Friday, July 18 with the ... Read

Eric Paul Laschinger

He was brave. He was honest. He was an explorer of life, constantly intrigued by his daily ... Read

Francicso Dominguez

DOMINGUEZ, Francisco, 58, of Santa Barbara, died on July 12, 2014 at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. no ... Read

Margaret Jeanne Heiduk

9/18/40 - 7/14/14 A NEW BRIGHT LIGHT SHINES IN THE HEAVENS AT NIGHT Margaret passed away peacefully ... Read

Reyna Vargas

VARGAS, Reyna, 49, of Santa Barbara, died on July 12, 2014, at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. The ... Read

Rosalina Ordonez

ORDONEZ, Rosalina, 84, of Goleta, died on July 11, 2014, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The Rosary ... Read

Michael Matson Fessier

Michael Matson Fessier, Southern California writer, died on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The cause of death was ... Read

Elizabeth Yankwich

YANKWICH, Elizabeth; of Santa Barbara; died July 18, 2014 (Born: 07/10/1923); she was 91. Services Pending. Arrangements ... Read

Tomoko Yamada

YAMADA, Tomoko; of Santa Barbara; died July 20. 2014; at the age of 93. Services are pending. ... Read

Mabel Wood

WOOD, Mabel; of Santa Barbara; died July 15, 2014 (Born: 06/27/1926); she was 88. Private Services. Arrangements ... Read

Renee Cavalier Fox

Renee Cavalier Fox passed away on July 15, 2014 in the presence of her family. Renee waged ... Read

Galen Phillipe Avery

Galen A.K.A. “Zan Zalen” Avery passed away peacefully in the morning hours of July 5th, 2014. Born ... Read

Lubomir Fast

FAST, Lubomir; of Goleta; died July 14, 2014; at the age of 89. No services are planned. ... Read

Kathleen "Kay" Rose

Miles of desert sand; Hot, with paltry shade for birds or lizards. Red soil, uplifted strata, sagebrush, ... Read

Jacqueline Kronberg

Jacqueline Kronberg passed away peacefully on Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014. Until the end of her life, ... Read

Roy W. Riel

RIEL, Roy W.; of Santa Barbara; died July 7, 2014 (Born: 08/09/1924); he was 89. Visitation 7/17 ... Read

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