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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.

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.

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Gloria Sokol Betz

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

Peter Cohen

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

Robert Vincent Francis

Robert V. Francis, Esq., passed away on October 24, 2014, of complications from his several handicaps, having ... Read

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