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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.

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.

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Caleb Wheeler Ibsen

Our Caleb passed away at home on the fifth of December, 2014 due to complications from a ... Read

Walt O'Brien

Walt O'Brien passed away October 12 2014 at his home in Missouri City, Texas surrounded by his ... Read

Agnes Mata Guevara

Obituary for our loving Angel and Matriarch, Agnes Mata Guevara aka Mamanita by her children and Gramanita ... Read

Marilyn A. Haussier

Marilyn A. Haussier, 94, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 13th, 2014. Services pending. Read

Gene Schechter

Gene Schechter, 75, passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2014 in Liberty, New York. He grew up ... Read

Beth Landes

On November 22, 2014 our beloved Beth Landes, 94 years old, passed away peacefully under Hospice Care ... Read

Jose G. Cornejo

Jose J. Cornejo, 85, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 15th, 2014. Rosary at 6:00pm on ... Read

Stella Saperstein

Stella Saperstein, 86, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 16th, 2014. Private services are planned. Read

Carol T. Gallas

Carol T. Gallas, 95, passed away on December 5th, 2014 in Santa Barbara. Services pending. Read

Harold Haakon Tollefson

Harold Haakon Tollefson, 92, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 10th, 2014. Services will be private. Read

Cyril Johnson

Cyril Johnson, 93 passed away Thursday December 11, 2014 at Valle Verde Health Center after a brief ... Read

Lila Lee Davis

Lila Lee Davis--known as Lee, Yi or Catherine, died Nov. 20, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. from complications ... Read

James Spencer Lee

James Spencer Lee, 81, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 4th, 2014. No services are planned. Read

Ali S. Malaikah

Ali S. Malaikah, 79, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 4th, 2014. Services will be private. Read

Sarah D. Conover

Sarah D. Conover, 84, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 1st, 2014. Services will be held ... Read

Shirley L. Aanerud

Shirley L. Aanerud, 90, passed away on November 26th, 2014. Services pending. Read

Bruce Edward Ayer

Bruce Edward Ayer was born at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on March 4, 1950 to Robert ... Read

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