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o_Elliott022217 ELLIOTT, Glenn William "Bill" •Our beloved Bill died at home on February 10, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born June 3, 1928 in Wheatland, Wyoming, he grew up on the family farm in Mitchell, Nebraska. His parents were Glenn Weaver and Retta Springer Elliott. The farm was part of land homesteaded and purchased by the three Springer brothers (one of whom was his grandfather) who had passed through the North Platte Valley along the Oregon Trail. Life on the farm taught Bill and his four sisters the value of family, community, and work and instilled a respect for the land and all living things. He earned a B.S in Mathematics and an M.A in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska. After serving as a 1st Lieutenant, Field Artillery, in Korea he completed his Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from the University of Denver. Bill, his wife, Dorothy Harnsberger, and their daughters Amy and Elizabeth then moved to California where he was Guidance Coordinator for the San Diego County Department of Education and then School Psychologist for Carlsbad Union School District. In 1963 he began a career in the Goleta Union School District serving as Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Director of Title I,III, and V ESEA projects, and School Psychologist until his retirement in 1989. He developed the interdisciplinary model for Goleta's Child Study Team. Bill married Susan Cherney Ehrlich in 1982 and their combined family included John William Elliott, Bill's grandson/adopted son and Leigh and Dave Ehrlich. They hosted many exchange students, had wonderful travel experiences and shared a passion for birding. Bill was a master pie baker and indulged his wife by learning to tango. He read avidly, relished the exchange of ideas, and could never resist buying a book of poetry. He taught graduate level courses in Education through the University of California, Santa Barbara, and California Lutheran College and supervised counselor interns from UCSB. He was a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association, several state counseling and psychological organizations, and the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. He was an early volunteer supervisor with the Santa Barbara Night Counseling Center and a founding member of the Isla Vista Youth Project. He served on the boards of the local March of Dimes, the Santa Barbara Mental Health Association, and the Goleta Valley Land Trust and was a member of the Santa Barbara County Mental Health Commission. In 2013 he was honored by the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara as a Hero for Justice for his assistance to elderly and disabled clients helping many avoid eviction and homelessness. He was preceded in death by his son John and his sister Eleanor Ganz of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughters Amy (Victor) Gallant of Cloverdale, Oregon, Elizabeth (Stephen) Green and grandsons Bryan and Brennen Green of Lake Oswego, Oregon, David Ehrlich (Cheryl) of Hercules, California, Leigh Ehrlich (Alexander Ivanov) and granddaughter Aurora Ivanova of Moscow, Russia and Santa Barbara, and sisters Arlene Buffington of Mitchell, Clela Duemler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Donna Swaim of Tucson, Arizona. Bill's life work was helping people to grow. He had a generous spirit and a warm and caring heart. His school office was well supplied with scrap wood, tools, glue and nails because therapy was not all talk, and he and his kids wore out many pairs of batakas. After retiring from the schools, his clients ranged from toddlers to seniors to group home kids to Santa Barbara's homeless. He traveled about town in his "therapy" van and designated a picnic table at the beach where the homeless could find him. A modest, unassuming man, Bill would have shrugged his shoulders and described himself simply as a Nebraska farm boy trying to make his way in the world. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Santa Barbara. Friends may honor him by remembering Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara, Mental Wellness Center, or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.
o_Richards022317 RICHARDS, Dr. John Mark • •John Mark Richards of Santa Barbara was born February 23, 1919 to George and Florence Richards in Stony Point, New York. John graduated from Blair Academy in NY, entered Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1936; received BA and MD degrees in 1940. Served his residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He married his childhood sweetheart, Katherine Peck, on July 5, 1938.• •The family moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1947 where he established his medical practice in eye surgery. He performed some of the first intraocular lens surgeries and YAG Laser treatments in Santa Barbara; held several eye-related patents, and built the professional center building at 1919 State Street in 1963.• John died the morning of February 16, 2017 at the age of 97+ at his home in Santa Barbara. He was predeceased by his wife of 60+ years, Katherine Peck Richards, on October 11, 1999 and his son, Edward J. Richards, on March 22,2014. He is survived by his daughter Jean L. Richards, son John P. Richards, daughter-in-law Judi Richards, three granddaughters: Barbara (Richards) Minor of Bakersfield, CA; Madeleine (Richards) Myers of Susanville, CA; Susan (Richards) George of Janesville, CA; eight (8) great-grandchildren, and his brother George Douglas Richards of Laurel, New York. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
VERSOLA, Sr., Douglas MacArthur (November 15, 1942 – November 29, 2016) Douglas MacArthur Versola, Sr. was born at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA to Leo and Mary (Bisquera) Versola. He was the youngest of four boys. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his three brothers, Charles, James, and David, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and three nephews. His memory will be kept forever in the heart of his wife of 47 years, Margaret Anne (Davenport), daughter Patricia and son-in-law Herbert Blankenship, daughter Christine, son Douglas Jr. and seven grandchildren, Codi, Justin, Jovanie, Brandon, Tyler, Olivia, and Abigale. Doug was raised in Santa Barbara, CA with his three brothers in the restaurant business.• He earned his first pay check at age 5 by sweeping the back area of one of his parent’s restaurants to buy himself an ice cream cone. His parents instilled a strong work ethic in him that he passed on to his own children. Doug continued to work along with his parents and siblings while attending school. He worked hard and had outstanding athletic abilities. In 1957, Doug bought his first car - the first of several Corvettes - at age 15. He played football for Santa Barbara High School, where his team won the 1960 CIF Championship. Doug also enjoyed bowling and playing pool. In 1961, the St. Louis Rams offered him a position on the football team as a kicker. However, he turned down the offer and joined the U.S. Army where he served eight years on active duty and in the Reserves. During his time in the Army, Doug was a stock clerk and a cook. Also, he earned honors and awards as a sharpshooter. While still in the Reserves, he returned to Santa Barbara and was offered a position with Pep Boys as a tire installer. Between his work ethic, charisma, and leadership skills, Doug worked his way up the corporate ladder and retired as a District Manager in 1988. Doug worked with and earned the respect of hundreds of employees during his 30-year career with Pep Boys. Doug met the love of his life, Anne Davenport, in 1968. They dated for one year before they were married, and remained devoted to each other for 47 years. They were blessed with their first Daughter Patricia, in 1973, their second daughter, Christine, in 1975, and their son, Douglas Jr., completed their family in 1977. Doug was a loving and devoted father and grandfather. Although he was quiet and reserved, he had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was contagious. He had a great sense of humor and loved life. There will be a grave side service at the Santa Barbara Cemetery (area Vista De La Cumbre) on Friday February 24th at 11:30 after the service there will be a Memorial Reception hosted at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in the round area everyone is• welcome to attend.•