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o_Beaudette 081819 BEAUDETTE, Karen (Brooks) Karen took her leave from us in the midnight hour of July 24, 2019. She was surrounded by family and friends and she was peaceful. This enigmatic, beautiful and intelligent woman was a true artisan and Santa Barbara native. She loved the ocean, music and finding tranquility taking walks on the beach with her dogs. She spent her time quilting, drawing and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her Mother Carolyn, brothers Robbie (Scotti) and Brett (Shannon), daughter Lindsey, nieces, a nephew and a granddaughter Lily. Greeting her in the next life are husband's Dennis (Mac) Macintyre, Gary Beaudette and Father Perry. A celebration of life will be held on November 9th at Leadbetter Beach at 1pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to Serenity House or Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara in Karen's name.
o_Flynn082019 FLYNN, Paul Galbraith The Honorable Paul Galbraith Flynn June 2, 1939-August 10, 2019 Paul Galbraith Flynn passed away at home in Santa Barbara, California surrounded by his family after a 10-month battle with esophageal cancer. Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, he was a proud alumnus of Loomis Chaffee college prep in Windsor, Connecticut and then attended Georgetown University where he sang bass a cappella with the Chimes and earned a B.A. in U.S. History in 1961. Paul served from Ensign to Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Western Pacific 1961-65, before earning his J.D. in 1968 from the University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA. He was an associate at O'Melveny & Myers 1968-71 and then Assistant U.S. Attorney 1971-78, and Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney 1978-80 for the district of CA in Los Angeles. From 1985-89 he was a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, School of Law. In 1989 he was appointed by Governor Deukmejian as a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles County where he served on the bench for 20 years, adjudicating criminal cases. Later he moved to the Santa Monica court system, where he presided over civil matters because the 3-strikes law required him to impose sentences with long prison terms for offenses he did not believe were warranted. As a judge he was known to run an efficient, well-organized courtroom balanced with humor, kindness and authority. He expected lawyers to be prepared, succinct and "to understand the gravity of certain issues and the minor nature of others." He met and married Christina Wendel in 1961 while both attended Georgetown. They had three children; Bridget Flynn Walker, Ph.D., Sean Flynn, and Deirdre Flynn, Ph.D., who survive him along with seven grandchildren. Paul's brother David Flynn also survives him. In 1971 he met and married Kee Ralphs Flynn, who survives him. They shared 48 years of love, travelled the world, and resided in Pacific Palisades, CA before retiring in Montecito, CA. Paul brought people together. He presided over the marriages of more than 100 friends and family members. He loved people and all of his friends and family first and foremost. He possessed a special charm and ease with people of all walks of life and had an infectious sense of humor and wit that made him the guy everyone wanted to know and love. He was an avid golfer and a proud member of The Valley Club of Montecito (where the flag flew at half-mast in his honor after his passing) and The Los Angeles Country Club. We all shed many tears and hold happy memories of him close to our hearts. We will miss him deeply and carry his spirit with us. Memorial services will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, donations in the Judge's memory can be made to the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County online at or by mailing a check to: Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, 301 E Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (payable to Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, memo: In memoriam - The Hon. Paul G. Flynn).
o_Gilman081819 GILMAN, Doris J. Mrs. Doris J. Gilman, age 76, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away Saturday morning, August 10, 2019, at Valle Verde Health Center due to complications from her second stroke in late May. She was born September 5, 1942, in Redlands, California, to her late parents, Lewis and Dorothy Hanson. Doris was preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Hanson, in 2013. After growing up in Redlands, Doris married the love of her life, Gordon, on July 22, 1961. They promptly moved to Santa Barbara and continued to live and raise a family in the same house they purchased in 1963. Throughout her life, Doris was active in church and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), making many dear friends over the years. She enjoyed cooking and gardening, and was an accomplished seamstress, even donating her skills for many years to the Royal Family Kids Camp, making beautiful quilts for countless local children. She was also active in the Coastal Quilters Guild for many years. Doris worked in several medical facilities as a receptionist and in medical records and billing. Doris took great pride in her family and enjoyed travelling the world with Gordon. When her sons were young, she volunteered as a Den Mother with Cub Scouts and as they got older, she enjoyed attending numerous band performances and musicals at La Colina Junior High and San Marcos High School. And when grandchildren arrived, she never missed a performance, a recital, or a graduation. Doris is survived by her husband, Gordon, and by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike Gilman and Kari Summerour of Olympia, Washington, and Don and Deana Gilman of Santa Barbara, California. Arguably born to be a grandmother, Doris is also survived by her three grandchildren, Emily, Brianna, and Adam Gilman, all from Santa Barbara. Gordon and the family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Doris' loving caregivers, Carmen, Kiera, and Juana, who became part of the Gilman family over the past four years, and to the incredible staff at Valle Verde Health Center who simply couldn t have done more for Doris and her family. A celebration of Doris' life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Santa Barbara Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts may be made to Royal Family Kids Camp Quilters, P.O. Box 8614, Goleta, CA 93118. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Green1082519 o_Green3082819 GREEN, Larry 11/5/1941-8/11/2019 Larry was a fun loving man who enjoyed being with people and entertaining. There were frequent holiday parties at his house usually attended by many friends. People looked up to him and enjoyed knowing him as he exhibited integrity, dignity and sincerity. Larry Green passed away peacefully Sunday August 11th at Cottage Hospital. Larry was born in Lebanon Missouri to Alvin and Margie Green and had one sister Betty June Bradshaw. His father owned a Chrysler dealership and this instilled in Larry a lifelong love of automobiles. He especially liked Cadillacs and always liked the saying "Cadillac: the ride, the pride, and the room inside," and owned several Cadillacs along the way. He was very mechanically oriented, had a proclivity for electronics, and always loved gears, even using one as a logo for a company he started later. He studied engineering at Missouri University in Columbia and built the Thunder Cadillac by removing six feet out of the middle of a Cadillac Hearse. He drove it to Santa Barbara to begin work at UCSB. It was quite a creation and even briefly appeared on display in a local art gallery. Larry was always friendly towards others and curious about engineering subjects. He had a "can-do" attitude that guided him towards founding the several technology companies he started. His first job in Santa Barbara was as director of IT for UCSB. He helped keep the computers in the different departments working and connected to the university's mainframe computer. After leaving the university he worked as a digital engineer for several years, including at Associated Computer Consultants (ACC). He went on to start several technology companies involved with computer networking, helping to make local area networking widely available and also helping to define standards that allowed different vendors' products to communicate over all types of networks. He always enjoyed explaining technology to others, complete with lots of drawings on whiteboards to illustrate his points. He was admired and consulted with by several entrepreneurs in the area for his perspective on starting up a company. Larry loved sailing and for several years owned a beautiful 1926 wooden 65 foot Herreschoff schooner, the Gallant, which was in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Along with many day sails and trips to the Channel Islands, he sailed from Santa Barbara to Hawaii and back. After returning he subsequently sailed from Santa Barbara south through the Panama Canal to Florida and back to California. On a break from all the technology Larry lived in Big Sur for a time in the seventies, where he met Debbie Farrell, who would become his wife. They were together for 46 years, until his passing, sharing many sailing adventures and creating a daughter Rachel Rickie Lee, who is now married to Nathan Hickman and they have a daughter Elizabeth Rose. He is also survived by his sister and nieces Heidi, Rebekah and Ann, and nephew York. A memorial service and celebration of life will be at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, Montecito, on August 29th at 11:00 AM.
o_Livingstone082519 LIVINGSTONE, Marguerite Jean May 28, 1923 - August 5, 2019 Marguerite (Margie) Jean Wadle Kelley Sweet Livingstone died peacefully in her sleep the morning of August 5th, 2019, over two years after suffering a stroke on June 7th, 2017. She was 96. Margie was born in Iowa, an orphan, was adopted by John and Lillian Wadle, and was raised on her Grandfather Hoch's farm near Bauer, Iowa. When Margie was 13, her mother took a job in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Margie attended Sacred Heart Academy there -- her innate good spirits stood her in good stead. After high school, Margie and her mother moved Chico, CA where Lillian worked in Uncle Benny's Cafe and Hotel while Margie attended Chico State. When WWII began, she found work at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. There she met Lieutenant John Kelley and fell in love. While overseas, John flew 35 combat missions out of England as the navigator on the B-24 Liberator, "Double Trouble," with the 467th Bomb Group. Near the end of the war John and Margie married and lived in Pasadena, CA, where he became a stock broker with Merrill and Lynch and later a Federal bank inspector. Margie became a legal secretary at Hahn and Hahn in Pasadena. Their daughter, Susan, was born there in 1946. After John died, in 1986 and Margie married Charles Sweet, their long-time camping buddy, the following year and they lived in La Verne, CA. Margie and Chuck, often with his daughter Carol Isakson, traveled in their VW camper-van over much of the USA. They also took several European trips. When Chuck died, in 1989, Margie moved to the Encina Royale senior's community in Goleta, CA, to be near her daughter. There, she participated in ER activities and made many friends. She started taking an Adult Ed writing class in Santa Barbara, in 2007, where she met Bill Livingstone. After his wife died in 2010, Margie and Bill married on February 26, 2011, when they were both 87. "Why so soon?" people would ask. "Because we weren't getting any younger," they would answer. They were very happy together. Margie leaves behind, her husband, Bill, her daughter, Susan Drake and her son-in-law Rick Drake, of Goleta, her grandson, Kevin Van de Water of the US Virgin Islands, her sister-in-law, Jean Britton of West Covina, and her step-daughter, Carol Sweet of Monroe, WA. Margie lived a full and productive life. All who knew her remember her intelligence, grace, and sense of humor. Her ashes will be scattered in the places she loved. Margie's family gives special thanks the caregivers she loved: Mary Wilbur, Yesenia Madrigal, Judy Herrera, Norma Martinez, Lesly Jimenez, and Maribel Valasquez. Contributions to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara would be appreciated.
o_Oaks1082219 o_Oaks2082219 OAKS, Don Don Oaks passed away August 12th, 2019 at his home in the Santa Ynez Valley. He was born at home in Hot Springs, Arkansas on September 6, 1940. His family moved to California after the war. Don married his high school sweetheart in 1961. He began a career in the fire service in 1962 with the El Segundo Fire Department. Later, he relocated to Santa Barbara where he joined the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as Fire Marshal in 1975. He retired from Santa Barbara County in 2001, but continued as a fire protection consultant on a statewide and national level. Don had a passion for his family, fire and cars. He managed to spend his entire life combining those. He spent a good deal of time at the dry lake beds of El Mirage, The Salt Flats of Bonneville, and Ontario Motor Speedway when it was still around. Don was fond of saying, "If it makes noise, goes fast, and has the potential to leak oil, I'm in." Don's other true passion was for learning and to that end, he acquired a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, a law degree, and a lifetime teaching credential. He was also a member of the adjunct faculty of the National Fire Academy, and has lectured there as well as at various state academies in California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Alaska. Don is survived by his wife, Suzi, his children, Steve (Michelle) Oaks, Tiffany Oaks (Chris) Bloyer, his grandchildren, Lauren Oaks (Cole) Eubanks, Mitch (Katie) Oaks, Zach Bloyer, Alex Bloyer, Sam Bloyer, his great-grandson Leo Eubanks, his sister, Jan (Don) Martin, and many other extended family members and dear friends. A Gathering to honor Don and celebrate his life will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in Ballard, California, on September 7th, at 2:00 p.m.
o_Olivas082519 OLIVAS, Mary Louise Mary L. Olivas transitioned from this earth into the hands of our precious LORD on August 19, 2019, at her home in Carpinteria, CA, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born Maria Luisa Hernandez to Arturo Hernandez and Luisa Lucero Hernandez in Deming, New Mexico on September 20, 1931. While in Deming, as a young child at the age of 1 1/2, Mary's mother died; Her grandmother, Maria Andasola had previously passed away a few years prior, in 1928. Mary's great grandmother, Emilia, raised her. Mary grew up during the Great Depression. She was forced to pick cotton in the fields to help the family survive. She attended elementary school when she could and began to learn English. Shortly after her great grandmother's death, she was embraced by her aunt, Lillian Ortega and moved to her home in Santa Barbara, CA at the age of 13. Mary was married and divorced twice. She married her first husband, Daniel Jimenez, when she was 18 yrs old; and they had two children, Alex and Amanda. Danny and Mary divorced in 1958. She married her second husband, Richard Olivas, in 1962. They settled in Carpinteria, CA and finished raising her children until their divorce in 1980. Before her divorce to Richard and still in her 40's, Mary went back to school. She studied psychiatry and graduated from Santa Barbara County's Mental Health program. She loved psychiatry and worked at the Santa Barbara County Psychiatric Health Facility, PHF, for 23 yrs. She retired in 1998. Mary was recognized for establishing the first AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) program in the City of Carpinteria. Mary was a strong, independent woman who loved her family! After her retirement, she put her traveling plans on hold to help raise her grandchildren. However, she did manage to take her family with her on cruises to Mexico and Hawaii. She made several trips to Arizona to visit family, especially her beloved aunt, Lillian Ortega. Mary meant so much to her family and friends. She treated everyone equally and always said what she meant, never beating around the bush. She will be remembered for her quick wit, her sense of humor, hospitality and her amazing cooking. Mary will be most remembered for her love of the Lord. She accepted the Lord as her Savior and became a Christian in the 80's. She made sure to spread the gospel to her family and many others throughout her life. She was a prayer warrior. Mary was predeceased by her son, Alex Jimenez, who passed away in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Blackmore; her grandchildren, Joshua Jimenez, Nathan and Natalie Blackmore; her great grandchildren, Olivia Jimenez, Taylor Blackmore, Jiyah Blackmore Rojo and Jalen Blackmore; Her two aunts, Lillian and Elsie; and many close cousins. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Mary's Life on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 11:00 am. at Reality Church, 5251 Sixth Street, Carpinteria, CA. Immediately following, the interment service will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane. The reception location will be announced at her celebration. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services
o_Sparks082519 SPARKS, Edythe M Edythe M. Sparks, age 79, of Santa Barbara, California passed away August 8, 2019 at Serenity House after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 9, 1940, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to her late parents Dr. Albert and Ellen (Dick) Sudman. She came from a large family of five children. She grew up in Green River, Wyoming, and left home to attend college at the University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears! After graduation, she worked as a laboratory technician in medical research at the University of California, San Francisco. She married Dr. Lowell Sparks, Jr. and they began raising a family in San Francisco. Their three children, Lynne, Greg and Jennifer were born in San Francisco, and they moved to Santa Barbara in 1968 when Jennifer was a baby. Edy was a caring mother who supported her children's activities and hobbies such as piano lessons, marching band, swim team, boy and girl scouts, auto shop, and horseback riding. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and extended family, and hosted large gatherings at her home during the holidays. She proudly followed her grandchildren to many sporting events, ballet and theater performances, and Destination Imagination tournaments. Although she and Lowell divorced in 1987, both remained devoted to their children and grandchildren. Edy was very active in the Santa Barbara community. She was a long-time member of the Assistance League, where she worked in the Thrift Shop, and was an enthusiastic member of the Ukulele Lulu's. She was a subscriber to the Santa Barbara Symphony, and participated as a volunteer in the Music Van program to introduce instrumental music to local school children. Edy was adventurous and loved to travel. She worked as a travel agent, and enjoyed planning trips with her clients. She visited many parts of the world including Europe, Canada, Africa, Costa Rica, South America and Cuba. She was a keen investor, and enjoyed researching and trading stocks. When tragedy struck and her house was lost in the Painted Cave fire, she was a survivor who loved planning and rebuilding her home, being on-site every day with her hard hat and tape measure. She had an eye for art, and was a collector of paintings, pottery and treasures from her travels. She was known for her sense of humor and her quick wit! She loved to read, debate politics and follow current events. She enjoyed playing bridge and being a member of her book club with many lifelong friends. She was an amazing friend who always picked up the phone and had time to listen. She will be greatly missed. Edythe is survived by her sisters Mary (Herbert) Donovan, Margaret (Bob) Johnson and Ellen (Mike) Davidson; and her children Lynne Sparks (Keith Barker) of Santa Barbara, Greg (Vicky) Sparks of Libertyville, Illinois, and Jennifer Sparks of Sacramento. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Margot, Grace, and Kevin Barker, and Curtis, Adam and Eric Sparks. She was preceded in death by her brother, Theodore Sudman in 1965. There will be a memorial for Edythe at Valle Verde Senior Living Community (900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara) at Quail Lodge Lounge on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11 am. All friends and family are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to the Assistance League of Santa Barbara, or the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.
o_Tysell082519 TYSELL, Barbara Voss Barbara Voss Tysell, age 74, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. She was born Barbara Lucille Voss on January 2, 1945, in Portland, Oregon to Oliver Voss and Beula Walker. She graduated from Cloverdale High school in Cloverdale, California in 1963. She married Alan Miller in 1965 moving to Santa Barbara in 1969. In 1985, she married Stanley Tysell and was happily married until his death in 2012. She worked as a legal secretary for years moving into education administration with the Santa Barbara Unified School District from which she retired in 2008. Barbara was a dedicated Mom and Grammy who lived life connecting with her family and friends. She enjoyed movies, poetry and walking. Barbara had a natural ability to reach people in a deep and positive way always wearing her heart on her sleeve. She is survived by her two children, Janelle Vogel and Scott Miller; her six grandchildren, Carly, Kaitlyn and Vincent Vogel, and Aidan, Devlan and Madeline Miller; her brothers, sisters and many other family members and friends, all whom she loved dearly. Family and friends whose lives Barbara touched are invited to Barbara's home in Santa Barbara on September 28, 2019 at noon for a celebration of Barbara's wonderful life to reminisce, grieve, support each other and, of course, share a glass of wine.