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Today WHEELER, Allen Burton Our dear father Allen, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2016, in Santa Barbara, CA. at the age of 84, after a prolonged illness and is now in the hands of God. Allen was born in Moose Lake Minnesota Jan 16, 1932 and was the youngest of three siblings. The family moved to Hillsboro Wisconsin on a 180 acre farm and dairy during the great depression. Dad remembered milking cows at 5 am and then walking 5 miles in the snow to school. Allen attended Hillsboro High School and at an early age exhibited excellence in both athletics and academics. Allen was a standout in several sports in the mid-1940's including basketball, baseball and football. Allen was also valedictorian of his alma mater, and was selected upon graduation for an academic scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he earned a B.S. in Geology. During his tenure at U. of W., Allen was an active member of the college rowing team. While rowing with the crew during a workout on Lake Mendota, he observed an Air Force F-86 Sabre jet execute a perfect 8 point slow roll over their heads at 400 knots. The next day Allen enlisted in the Air Force ROTC during the Korean War, and was commissioned as an officer after graduation. In 1952 , he began primary flight training at Lackland AFB Texas flying the T-28 Trojan and later heavy transport aircraft with the rank of Captain. Allen served in the Air Force reserves for 12 years before being honorably discharged in the mid-1960's. After leaving the military, Allen was hired as a first officer on the DC-3 for Pacific Airlines based in San Francisco, CA. While flying for Pacific Airlines, Allen and his captain Bill Cleal were one of the first flight crew to be hijacked in U.S. history on July 1, 1961. The gunman shot the gate agent and gained access to the flight deck by force demanding they fly to Arkansas. The would be hijacker panicked and shot the Captain after engine start and while taxiing. As he turned to shoot Allen next, dads quick reactions saved other lives as he closed both throttles stopping the aircraft and subduing the gunman. Dad met the love of his life Margerey Rose Estes who was a chief stewardess for Northern Consolidated Airlines based in Anchorage, AK. They fell in love and bore two sons Douglass and Bruce respectively, and were married for 27 years. In 1966, Allen was hired by Pan American Worls Airways as a Flight Engineer on the Boeing 707 and encountered enemy small arms fire while airlifting Vietnam troops from Da Nang airfield with bullet holes in the aircraft. Allen also possessed an entrepreneurial side. Allen moved the young family from San Francisco to Redding, CA. in 1966 where he and a handful of ex-military pilots started one the original and most successful houseboat businesses on Lake Shasta, CA., namely holiday Flotels. In 1977, Allen moved his family to the Santa Ynez Valley as he continued his flying career as a First Officer on the B-747 for United Airlines until his retirement in 1989. Aliens professional aviation career spanned over three decades, flying to every corner of the globe where only the few have experienced. Allen was a courageous, compassionate and generous human being. Honorable to the last and a great father. He will be greatly missed by all. Allen is survived by his two sons Douglass ( Lompoc, CA.) and Bruce Palm Springs, CA. ) and nephews Russ Kane (Santa Barbara, CA. ), and Jeff Kane ( Sunset Beach, CA. Grand children (Bruce, Palm Springs) Courtlyn, Chase, Cade and Clay are all involved in sports, including Dance and all are excellent students. Allen even inspired Bruce's sons to pursue careers in aviation. Grand children Grant and Kristin (Russ Kane, Santa Barbara, CA.), are excellent students as well as Grant is attending Cal Berkely in Economics.
Today WATSON, Harold "Scott" 82, of Palm Desert, CA and a long time resident of Montecito, CA passed away April 29, 2016 in Palm Desert. He was born July 16, 1933 in Rogers, Arkansas to the late Cedric Harold Watson and Alta Elizabeth Scott Watson. He graduated from Rogers High School and the University of Arkansas with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. Scott served as an Engineer in the U.S. Army, and enjoyed a multi decades long career as an engineering and marketing leader in the aerospace and defense industry. He was noted for his role as a principal systems engineering architect of the U.S. Army’s Apache Helicopter, while an executive at Hughes Helicopters. Scott was a licensed instrument and commercial pilot, animal lover and avid golfer. He was a loyal friend, devoted husband and father. Scott was preceded in death by his beloved wife, and world traveling partner, of over 60 years, Sherryden Greene Watson. Scott is survived by his son Brian Watson of Los Angeles. Burial will be held in private at Rogers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to ASPCA.org.
Sunday ROEGNER, Mr. Mark Arthur 63, of Santa Barbara, California passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, surrounded by his loving family, following a long battle with cancer. A modern day Renaissance Man, Mark was born to parents Jeanne and Arthur Roegner in Pasadena, California on March 3, 1953. Mark is survived by his father, Arthur Roegner; his wife, Kathy Roegner; son and daughter in-law,...
Sunday OGLE, John L. December 14, 1920 - February 8, 2016 "I never met a stranger." -John Ogle John Ogle, 95, of Grants Pass, Oregon peacefully passed away in his sleep on the night of February 8th, 2016. For more information please visit www.mcdermottcrockett.com or call (805) 569-2424.
Today MOSHER, Elizabeth •Age 80 of Santa Barbara, CA died May 23rd, 2016. A soprano and Professor of voice earned her BM and MM in voice performance from the University of Southern California. With a Fulbright Scholarship, she studied further at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hamburg, Germany. Engaged at the Biel-Solothurn Opera in Switzerland where she sang 18 leading roles. Returning to the United States in 1963, she was given two Martha Baird Rockefeller Grants and won the Walter Naumburg Award for concert artists in 1964 with a debut recital at Town Hall NYC in 1965, followed by a European tour. In 1966 she won the American Opera Auditions which resulted in a Milan debut at Teatro Nuovo in Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz. Her teaching career includes three Universities; The University of Michigan from 1970 to 1979, the University of Arizona from 1979 to 1997, and the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1997 to 2005. Additionally she served on the summer faculties of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria. Her many successful students have sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe, Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, San Francisco and can also be found in dozens of academic positions throughout the country. Elizabeth is survived by her son Zachary Kraus of Chicago, Illinois and two nieces, Caroline Sullivan and Katherine Brown who both reside in California. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Santa Barbara, CA. •In lieu of flowers please donate in her memory to either of her favorite charities, bestfriends.org or musicacademy.org.
Today LEWIS, Garett Sean •It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Garett, who returned home to the Lord on May 14, 2016. •Garett was born May 17, 1965 in Santa Barbara, California and resided there most of his life. Garett attended Kellogg School, Goleta Valley Junior High and graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in 1983. Garett was employed by Home Improvement and various other companies in Santa Barbara and Gold Coast Draft in Moorpark, CA. Garett loved the ocean and fishing, playing the drums, listening to rock and country music, and was exceptional in the graphic arts. He was a kind person, generous to a fault, and always willing to lend a hand. He was a true animal lover and spent many hours caring for a myriad of pets. Most important, Garett loved his family and his life. Garett is preceded in death by his daughter, Breanne Renee Lewis, his maternal grandfather Mr. Joseph Galvez, of Carpinteria, CA, and his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lealia and Donald Lewis of Santa Barbara. He is survived by his mother, Connie Mireles and her husband Bob, of Santa Barbara, and his father Gary Lewis, of Bakersfield, and two brothers Christopher and Jeffrey. Garett is also survived by his grand mother, Esther Galvez (Bill Cox), of Carpinteria, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins that make up a very close extended family. Garett will be laid to rest in a ceremony at Goleta Cemetery, 44 S. San Antonio Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110 at 11 a.m. Saturday May 28, 2016. A private memorial to follow. Arrangements are under the care of Alma Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Bakersfield and Goleta Cemetery.
Sunday IWATSUKI, Dr. Shunzaburo 1940-2016 passed away of a heart attack on Saturday May 14. Dr "Shun" as his patients called him was a renowned liver transplant surgeon beloved by his patients and colleagues. He will be missed so much by his friends and his wife Jeanette. A shining light has left this earth.
Sunday HEROLD, George Andrew August 1, 1928-May 12, 2016 George Andrew Herold never wavered in his selflessness, integrity, belief in God, and devotion to his family. He is preceded in death by Maria and survived by his children Ann Herold, of Los Angeles; Matthew Herold, of Santa Barbara; Christina DaRos (Peter), of Santa Barbara; Mark Herold (Mary), of Templeton, Monica Christensen (Eric), ...
Sunday HAMILTON, Charles Finley December 28, 1930-May 12, 2016 Charlie was lovingly referred to at times as "The Energizer Bunny" because of his ability to bounce back from numerous serious health problems. Born on December 28, 1930, in Bay City, Michigan, to Charles and Ruby Hamilton, Charlie was the youngest of four. His first medical practice was in Van Nuys, ...