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Sunday DELBROOK, Arthur Ferdinand February 23, 1932 - November 14, 2014 Well loved, Arthur Delbrook left us in November, 2014 bound for peaceful golden fishing ponds. A going away party in his honor will be held on 3/22/15. Please call 805-448-4104 for details.
Sunday WILLIAMS, David Stephen "Woof-Woof" Passed away at Cottage Hospital on Saturday, February 14, 2015, due to a brain hemorrhage and complications following a seizure on the street. David was born in North Carolina, orphaned at an early age and made his way to California as a young man. Before his disability from a head injury, David was a carpenter and mechanic and worked for TraCor Aviation at Santa Barbara Airport. David had dignity; he was kind and generous and helped others in more dire circumstances than his own. Joanie, a friend for more than 35 years, will always love and miss you, Woof-Woof. During the last three years of his life, David was touched by the love of God in his spiritual home with the congregation of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. He was a faithful parishioner who regularly attended services. Friends of David are invited to a memorial service for him at All Saints, 83 Eucalyptus Lane, Montecito at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
Sunday REEVES, Douglas W. 4/12/45 2/17/2015 Doug was born to Carl and Ruth Reeves in Los Angeles, California on April 12 1945. After high school and junior college, he served with the Army in Germany. He took his leave overseas and travelled throughout Europe. Marveling at the historical architecture in Europe, he returned to California and pursued his dream of becoming an architect graduating from Cal Poly SLO School of Architecture. On a ski trip to June Mountain, Doug met the love of his life, Carla Klein Reeves. They married right after Doug's graduation from Cal Poly. Doug and Carla spent many years skiing and traveling. Doug had his own architectural practice and although he designed many beautiful homes in Santa Barbara, his specialty was designing unique restaurants and redoing the downtown State Street corridor. There are few buildings down town that don't have Doug's signature on them. Doug designed and built a beautiful home for his family which was always filled with kids, family and friends. It was a place for celebrating. Doug coached Little League all the years that son Jon played. His team won the District 63 Senior League Championship in 1997. Doug redesigned the City College's Pershing Park Baseball field and Dugouts, the Little League Field and the Santa Barbara High School Baseball field. When son Jon went off to College, he joined the Forester Board of Directors. His buddy Mike Pearl and he spent many summers organizing the hot dogs and hamburgers sold at home games. The Reeves hosted numerous collegiate baseball players from around the country in their home during the summer season. Doug became known as "summer" dad to these boys. As a gifted athlete Doug played baseball and football in high school. He was a scratch golfer, an amazing skier and a serious fisherman. He had numerous baseball, golf and fishing buddies; but he especially loved the Montana wilderness where he and son Jon spent many a summer fishing. Doug never met a stranger. He had a playful sense of humor, an optimistic outlook in life, kind word for everyone and was always willing to step up wherever and whenever his help was needed. Doug fought his illness for 2.5 years like a soldier. Through his surgeries and treatment ups and downs he kept going with a joke and a smile. He was an inspiration to everyone he knew. Dr. Melony Parent held his hand throughout his last year-and-a-half of struggle. She was his physician and friend. They had an ongoing repertoire of texting each other as Doug was also her Architect. Dr. Lindsey Blount and Dr. Alan Rosenblum managed his cancer treatments with amazing care; the family thanks them and their wonderful staff for their kindness. Dr. Kathy Gruver massaged his pain away. Doug is survived by Carla, his loving wife of 40 years, their son Jon, sister Sharon Montagne (Pat) and numerous nephews and nieces who all benefited from his mentoring and helpfulness. A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday March 7 at 11 am at Doug's favorite golf course, Santa Barbara Muni Golf Club (Mulligans) 3500 McCaw Ave. Please let us know you are coming: carlabreeves@gmail.com. If you wish to remember Doug, please make a donation to his favorite charity, the Foresters' Hugs for Cubs (a support program for childhood cancer survivors). www.sbforesters.org
Sunday RASKIN, Walter Harold Walter Harold (Walt) Raskin, 92, of Santa Barbara passed away on December 15, 2014, with family at his side. Born on April 11, 1922, he was the son of Abe and Leah Raskin of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Walt graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, Walt earned his Master's degree in Physics at the University of Minnesota and then worked for several federal agencies, including the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He married Pearl (Bonnie) Glikson in 1960. That same year, he was recruited to work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he helped manage and build a series of highly successful satellite instruments for the United States space program. He came to Santa Barbara with his family in 1977 to represent NASA at Hughes Aircraft's Santa Barbara Research Center. Walt retired from NASA in 1981 and subsequently went to SBRC, where he continued his work with satellites. Walt loved sailing, camping and travel, going to such diverse places as Europe, South America, the Galapagos Islands, and the South Pacific. He reveled in Santa Barbara's blue skies and glorious sunsets. He enjoyed opera and was an avid bridge player. Walt also loved math and word puzzles, and was known among his family and friends for his dry humor and wit. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonnie Raskin, son Lee Robert Raskin, and a niece and two nephews. Walt was a thoughtful, gentle man who was devoted to his family, and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life is planned for April 11, 2015, his 93rd birthday.
Sunday McCARTNEY, Walter Henry Our beloved husband and father went safely home forever on February 20, 2015, he was 78. Walt is absent from the body but we know he is present with the Lord. Walter was born February 18, 1937 in Canonsburg PA. He served in the United States Air Force. He worked for Southern California Gas Company for 22 years in Santa Barbara CA. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Raphael's Parish as well as an Usher. He was preceeded in death by his parents Walker and Pauline McCartney and his beloved sister Loretta Hall. He is survived by Judy McCartney his wife of 47 years, sons Michael Williams and Joshua McCartney, Daughters Paula O'Briant (Tom), and Audrey McCartney, his brother Raymond McCartney and Sister-in-Law Aretta Coffelt also his cherished grandchildren Keven, Kash, Hannah, Ashton, and Riley. Also many cousins, nieces and nephews. Walter in a word: Selflessness - this was a man that would always go the extra mile. He touched so many lives by teaching all always to do the right thing. He loved and treasured his family and was so proud of the life he and Judy built together. He cherished all the time he was able to spend with the ones he loved - nothing made him happier than being with family. He will be missed for his generosity and his devotion to his family and friends. Walt's life was filled with love, adventure and accomplishments. His shining spirit will carry on with us forever. His impact was great. A Funeral Mass will be held, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 10:30 am, at St. Raphael's Church. Light refreshment following the Mass in the hall. Interment following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 199 North Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice care, 509 E Montecito Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 - 805-690-6290. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-HaiderFuneral Home, Santa Barbara, California
Sunday LEDBETTER, Jesse 1922-2015 Jesse Ledbetter has left this life at 92 years of age. Born on a Ranch in Sugar City Colorado, Jesse was a descendant of the Ledbetters of the Virginia colonies, and a direct descendant of Patrick Henry. He was raised in Canon City, Colorado. Jesse was an accomplished horseman. His Cherokee grandmother, Sarah Mayes, was a major influence in his life, and he often quoted her wisdom, which included "doing the right thing is its own reward," and "animals have rights too." He had amazing veterinary skills and would "doctor" stray animals and his horses. He proudly served as a pilot in WWII, and also won multiple awards for his marksmanship. After the war, he graduated Colorado College, Colo. Springs, became a science and math teacher and also a building contractor. He constructed more than 45 luxury homes in the Cheyenne Canyon and Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs. He left his beloved Colorado in the 1960's to live in Santa Barbara, where he enjoyed his animals, playing and collecting violins, and writing screenplays. He will be remembered and loved always, by his wife, Rosemarie, and daughters Kathleen and Marilee, and grandson Clint Mitchell, who are comforted to know that Jess is now home with the Lord. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Judith Carolyn Mitchell.
Sunday DANIEL, Dr. Erno S. Dr. Erno Scipiades Daniel died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Santa Barbara, California home on Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 68 years old. Dr. Daniel was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed dearly by his loving wife, four children, and their families. Dr. Daniel was born on December 15, 1946, in Budapest, Hungary. He was the son of professional musicians Dr. Erno and Katinka Daniel. Dr. Daniel was a young child during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and its aftermath, the events of which transpired mere blocks from his childhood home in Budapest. To celebrate his 60th birthday, his entire family joined him for an unforgettable trip to Hungary and Romania. As a teenager, Dr. Daniel immigrated to the United States in 1960 with his mother and sister where they were reunited with his father who had fled Hungary a decade earlier. Dr. Daniel became a United States citizen in 1964. He was a proud American who believed deeply in American ideals and held strong convictions about the great freedoms and responsibilities we enjoy as American citizens. Dr. Daniel was a graduate of the Santa Barbara High School class of 1964, and in 1968 he received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Daniel received a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, writing his thesis on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. In 1975, he completed his M.D. at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at UCLA in 1978. Dr. Daniel met the love of his life, Martha Peaslee, at the UCLA Medical Center where she was a registered nurse. In a true love story, they married in Martha's childhood hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota, on August 14, 1976, less than six months after their first date. At the time of his death they had been happily married over 38 years. Being a husband and father were the greatest joys of Dr. Daniel's life. Erno and Martha have four children: Kristina, Michael, Mary, and Monica. Dr. Daniel had an unwavering commitment to his family and his greatest happiness was being with them. Professionally, Dr. Daniel was a renowned physician who practiced since 1978 at the Sansum Clinic (formerly the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic) in Santa Barbara, California. Early in his career, Dr. Daniel pursued an interest in the developing medical specialty of geriatric medicine, and was among the first physicians in the United States to be board certified in the specialty. He had special interests in dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, and he lectured across the country and was the author of textbook chapters, papers, and a variety of educational materials on the topics. For his work, Dr. Daniel was recognized by the Alzheimer's Association's Santa Barbara chapter with their 2001 Leadership Award. At the time of his death, Dr. Daniel also served as the Medical Director of the Vista del Monte Rehabilitation and Care Center and was on the medical and scientific advisory board of the Center for Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapies of Santa Barbara. In 2008, Dr. Daniel published a book, Stealth Germs in Your Body , which received national attention. Dr. Daniel was a special kind of doctor whose story is best told by the numerous patients and families whose lives he touched. He was a master diagnostician who remembered every medical and personal detail about his patients. He will be greatly missed by his many colleagues at the Sansum Clinic and Cottage Hospital, his loyal patients whom he treated as family, and their families. Dr. Daniel is survived by the love of his life, Martha Peaslee Daniel, and their four children and their families: Kristina Daniel Lawson and her husband Matt Lawson of Walnut Creek, California; Michael Peaslee Daniel and his wife Erica Lash Daniel of Truckee, California; Mary Daniel Gullett and her husband Randy Gullett of Foster City, California; and Monica Ann Daniel and her boyfriend Andre Shevchuck of Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Daniel was the proud grandfather of Katherine Lawson (10), Graham Lawson (5), Tyler Daniel (3), Molly Daniel (1), Jonathan Gullett (5), and Evan Gullett (1). Dr. Daniel was thrilled to be expecting his seventh grandchild - a boy - who is due to be born in the summer of 2015. Dr. Daniel is also survived by his sister, Alexa Maland, her husband, Lynn, and their two children, Daniel and Sarah of Salt Lake City, Utah, and by his first cousin and lifelong best friend, Dr. Peter Patkos, and his family, of Budapest, Hungary. In recent years, he enjoyed a special friendship with his sister-in-law, Ann Bunce, and her husband, Dr. Brian Bunce, of Stillwater, Minnesota. He was incredibly fond of his West Highland Terrier, Ollie. Dr. Daniel was predeceased by his parents, Erno and Katinka Daniel, and by his in-laws, Ernest and Mary Peaslee. A funeral Mass is planned for Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at our Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 1300 East Valley Road in Montecito, California. A celebration of his life will follow the Mass at The Fess Parker Resort at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. As he wished, Dr. Daniel will be buried at a later date in Stillwater, Minnesota, alongside Martha's family. Dr. Daniel spent his entire professional career at the Sansum Clinic and loved practicing medicine in Santa Barbara. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Thomas Beamer, Dr. Thomas Jones, Dr. Joseph Aragon, and Dr. Kurt Ransohoff. Memorial donations may be made to the Sansum Clinic in the name of Dr. Erno Daniel. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
Sunday CRAWFORD, Gerry Santa Barbara native and lifelong resident Gerry Crawford passed away on February 20, 2015 after a brief illness. Gerry was born in Santa Barbara on January 24, 1930 to Beatrice and Emmett Prescott, both Santa Barbara natives themselves. She was preceded in death by he adored husband, Donald (Busbie) Crawford. Married for 55 years, they lived a long and happy life in their darling Mesa home. Gerry's first job, while still in high school, was at the iconic I. Magnin. This early experience started a lifetime love and appreciation of style and fashion. She went on to a long career with local banks, ending, after many years, with Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. Always an avid reader, one of her prized possessions was the library card she carried for 80 years. From the day in 1958 when the newlywed Crawford's drove up in their sporty Austin Healy, they lived for over 50 years in their ideal home. Gerry's home and garden, as everything else about her, was in perfect order and neat as a pin. Her love of her home was only exceed by her love of animals. Over the years she had countless pets and provided food and water for neighborhood wildlife. Her whimsical yard was a haven for happily splashing small birds and giant hungry crows. Gerry was a fun loving and gregarious person ever ready for an evening out. She loved movies and could be seen dining at one of her many favorite restaurants. Her friends will attest to her warm and generous heart. Gerry was always there to help a friend and could be counted on as a tireless and sympathetic listener. Gerry has been a warm and comforting fixture in so many lives for such a long time. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors. Mrs. Crawford is survived by her daughter Kelly, and her beloved Persian cat Winston II. Her daughter wishes to thank the staff at Serenity House, along with Linda Prince and dear friends Adrianna and Arianna Ortega for being so kind and helpful to her mother. Anyone wishing to honor Gerry's memory, may donate to Serenity House.