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Today SCHULTZ, Susan Keefe May 21, 1922- April 26, 2016 •Sue Schultz passed peacefully at her home in Montecito, California early Tuesday, April 26th. She would have celebrated her 94th birthday next month. Sue had endured a progressive illness for the past several years with her trademark smile, unique internal and external strength, dignity, sound mind and continued interest in her friends, family and world events. •She is survived by her husband, Arthur W. Schultz who was devoted to her during their 28 years of marriage. Arthur diligently and lovingly cared for her at their home in Casa Dorinda. Sue was loving mother to Peter, Timothy, and Michael Barker and Beth Barker. Sue loved her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her sister, Patty Keefe Hene of Atlanta, Ga., also survives Sue. Her dear friend Carmen De La Torre was completely devoted to her. Sue was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 21, 1922. She grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and attended New Trier High School in Winnetka. She was an athlete and a scholar. She attended Wells College in New York and later the University of Chicago where she earned a BA degree. She was a pioneer in the business world working in retailing in Chicago for Mandel Brothers Department Store. Sue married Norman Barker Jr. in 1946 and they had five children. In the 1950's they moved to California, living in Arcadia and Los Angeles. Norman was with the First Interstate Bank of California and Sue was an integral part of his career and ascension to CEO. In 1986 Sue relocated to Santa Barbara, making her home in Montecito. Two years later she and Arthur Schultz married and enjoyed their wonderful life together there with many friends, travel and golfing companions and Arthur's passion of collecting and writing. Sue and Arthur first met in college. Sue was a mother and a spouse beyond compare. She nurtured all, guided well and cared deeply for everyone in her life. She freely offered advice and a strong point of view. She was wise, caring and happy throughout her life. Indeed, remarkably she shined all the brighter in her twilight years. She will be missed by all and remembered for the difference she made in so many lives. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
Today NEVAREZ, Philip Robert 1950 to 2016 Memorial to be held on May 13, 2016 at 11am at FREE METHODIST CHURCH, 1435 Cliff Drive. He is survived by his two sons Mark and Phil Jr. And step-daughters Anisa and Lynee and 11 grandchildren and brother Andrew and nieces & nephews. No reception to follow.
Today MOORE, Marylee 88, passed away on May 2, 2016 at the Friendship House due to complications from a recent stroke. She was the long time companion of Robert "Bob" Petersen. •She was born in Los Angeles, CA. on August 2, 1927 the daughter of Harriet Blanch Hamilton and Theodore Frederick Rich. She was a graduate of Santa Barbara High School and had quite a passion for retail merchandise. Formerly employed at Tumbleweeds Clothing Store in Santa Ynez, CA. before retiring. She most recently was a member of the Bethania Lutheran Church of Solvang and had a love for music, dancing, and period piece films. She will be remembered for her heart of gold, unconditional love, laugh, smile, friendship, and her radiant beauty. She undoubtedly was always dressed to the nine in the latest fashion with the utmost class. Her scent lingering for hours wherever she went, quite the head turner to say the least, but most of all it was her genuine kind soul that she has touched so many that will remain with us forever. She is survived by her three Daughters Corinne Lee Jarvi (Scot Jarvi) of Santa Ynez, Ca. Allison Mitchell (Jeff Mitchell) of Santa Ynez and Shelby Ellis (John Ellis) of Los Angeles. Her Grandchildren Stacy Ames (Chris Ames) of Santa Maria, Sally Pinoli Eubanks of Santa Ynez, Shelly Pinoli of Buellton, Allen Pinoli (Cammy Pinoli) of Solvang, Candice Mitchell of Los Olivos, Austin Fiorina of Los Angeles, and Jesse Fiorina a Sophmore at University of Oregon. Great Grandchildren are Kelsea Spry, Mackenzie Spry, Josie and Tanner Eubanks, Layne Frausto, Baylee Frausto, Tucker McMorrow, and Presley and Allen Pinoli. The graveside service will be held on Monday May 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carpenteria Cemetary District, 1501 Cravens Ln. Carpenteria, CA. 93013
Sunday IMMEL, JR., Joseph Herbert Joseph Herbert Immel, Jr., died unexpectedly on April 2, 2016 after sudden cardiac arrest and a brief stay at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. Joe was born October 28, 1952 in Rabat, Morocco. Joe is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Kephart Immel, and their children, Joseph Herbert Immel III and Eli Logan Immel.
Today FAIRBANKS, Ronald Kenneth •Died unexpectedly on April 30, 2016 after a left leg blood clot led to a sudden cardiac arrest at Santa Barbara harbor in the late afternoon while he was cleaning the deck of his beloved boat the Miss Devin. •Ron was born June 9, 1944 in Lompoc, CA. His father and mother were farmer-ranchers in Lompoc valley. His dad, Kenneth Clyde Fairbanks, came from long time connections to the valley and Ventura County. His mom, Mary Emily Dettamanti Fairbanks, came from northern Italian immigrants who settled in the valley towards the end of WWI. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Bonnie Alice (Hurlbut) Fairbanks, and their children, Dean Howard Kenneth Fairbanks and wife Portia Ceruti of Chico, CA and Devin Catherine Fairbanks and husband Tom McFaul of Santa Barbara, CA. He is survived by his sister Lorraine Catherine Ploch of Lompoc. His grand children are Sibaya Libby Fairbanks and Sabin Zane Fairbanks also of Chico, CA. His nieces and nephews are Shelly ("Phyllis") Kay Ploch, Stacey Marie (Ploch) Cleckley, Steven Loren Ploch, Jeremy Hurlbut, Paige Hurlbut, and Mason Hurlbut. Ron in his youth was involved in 4H, working on the family farm and as a box boy at Jordano's Market, surfing at Refugio beach, hunting with his friends and Uncle Henry Dettamanti, and camping with family. In 1961 he met his future wife Bonnie at the local A&W Root beer, by introduction from his friend Les Schuyler. After graduation in 1962 from Lompoc High School instead of going to CalPoly San Luis Obispo he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Seabees learning the construction trade and especially plumbing/heating-cooling mechanical. He served in the early days of the Vietnam era being placed in San Diego, Port Hueneme, Midway Island and Honolulu, Hawaii until being discharged in 1966. It was at Midway Island in 1963 where he learned to scuba dive, which became a lifelong hobby. He married Bonnie on August 22, 1965 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Lompoc and they lived together in Hawaii until the end of 1966. Their first son Dean was born in 1969 and daughter Devin in 1970. They returned and settled in Lompoc where Ron continued to work and develop his construction and plumbing mechanical skills by working first for the Lompoc School District and Lompoc Hospital. During this time he completed two AA/AS degrees in small business administration and political science from Allan Hancock Junior College. In 1972 he received his California State Contractors License. In 1970 he went to work for Walt Stanley Plumbing and Heating where he became head foreman, eventually purchasing the business in 1975 and creating Ron's Plumbing and Heating (and later Solar in 1981). His business consisted of parts sales, repair service, remodeling and new construction. Many in the community will remember the red trucks with the monkey painted on the side holding a drain snake with the motto "Don't Monkey Around, Call Us!" Genially known as "Running Ron" he sold the business in 1995, but continued plumbing and contracting in a private capacity. In 1996 he started Ocean Sports, a business catering to scuba diving and fishing. He was a PADI diving instructor for 15 years serving over 450 students. He sold the business in 2012. Ron loved building and mechanical work. He built the family home in 1970, two more homes on the same block, as well as two commercial buildings where his businesses resided. His love affair with the ocean led to two of his biggest building projects involving boat building. In 1985 he started building the Devin K, a commercial fishing boat, which was launched at Santa Barbara Harbor in 1989. The boat was lost in 1991 to be replaced by the Miss Devin a New England style lobster boat. In 1996 he earned his US Coast Guards Captains license, and became affectionately known as Captain Ron. He ran a successful charter boat business on the Miss Devin from 1996 until his passing. He loved serving people, conducting trips for divers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, whale watchers, sunset cruises, research expeditions, oil companies, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and documentary film makers like the BBC all around the Santa Barbara Channel and Islands. Most especially he loved taking out his family, friends and his grandson who delighted in his special fishing trips. Ron and Bonnie loved to travel, and remain current with world news. With family and friends, he traveled the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Africa, Swaziland, Costa Rica, Tahiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados and Australia. They also made many trips to spend time with their grandkids who are fortunate to have so many special memories. Ron was a member of the Lompoc Dive Club, Lompoc Valley Club (on the Board of Directors for over 25 years), Lompoc Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club, Elks Lodge, Grange, and St. Mary's Episcopal Church. A member of St. Mary's since 1965, he served on the vestry and helped as a consultant with the construction of its new location. He served on the Lompoc Cemetery Board, having been its chair for the last 22 years. He was active in organizations with his children, especially Boy Scouts where he went on countless backpack trips in the Santa Barbara backcountry and Sierra Nevada. He had long time friendships who met regularly for early morning coffee at the American Host, Friday lunch at Tom's burgers, and with the River Bottom Boys. From his youth he maintained a lifelong connection to the local farming and ranching families. He was a friend to many and loved his community. He supported many people and often would help without asking, always willing to give. He never gave up on people, always finding the good in everyone. Ron was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, family member, friend, community member, contractor, businessman, boat captain, and mentor. Ron's family is thankful for the retired fireman who helped and the emergency room doctor and staff at Cottage Hospital. We especially thank the outpouring of support from Ron's family, friends and former students, their messages of love and support are much appreciated. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 6th, 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2800 Harris Grade Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436. Parking is limited. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to an organization in the Lompoc community, the town that Ron loved.
Today BUNTIN, Lisa Maria 60, of Santa Barbara, loving wife, mother, mother in law, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 24th, 2016 in Santa Barbara. •Lisa Maria (Sari ana) Buntin was born on November 27, 1955 in Santa Barbara where she attended Bishop Diego High School. She later became a successful accountant for Dal Pozzo Tires for over 15 years. •Throughout her life, Lisa enjoyed the company of many friends. She had many interests and hobbies such as scrap booking, card making, jewelry and much more. Lisa is survived by her husband Rick, sons Richard; Thomas; daughter in law Minerva Buntin; grandchildren Anthony, Andrew and Emma; mother Amelia Sari ana, sister Anna Vasquez and niece Amanda Vasquez. She was preceded in death by her father Pablo Sari ana. Services will be held on May 11th, 2016 at 10:00am at St. Raphael's Church, 5444 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara. A reception will be held immediately following the service.