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o_Diaz102214 DIAZ, Jr., Carlos Michael 1947 - 2014 •Carlos Michael Diaz, Jr. of Star, Idaho passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in his home surrounded by family after an 8-year fight with brain cancer. •Carlos was born in the Southern California beach town of Ventura, CA and spent his childhood in the neighboring town of Oxnard, CA with his parents Carlos and Christine and four siblings, Joseph, Armando, Elena, and Mario. Carlos was a true Southern California beach "bum" who had a passion for books, movies, music, sports and the USC Trojans. A couple years after graduating from Oxnard High School in 1965 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he earned the rank of sergeant and completed two tours in Vietnam. After completing his four years of service in the Air Force he moved to Santa Barbara, CA where he graduated from UC Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in Law and Society. Shortly after graduating he landed a job with Delco Electronics, which later became General Dynamics, where he ended his 30 year career as a configuration manager. For many years prior to his illness Carlos was a very active individual who took health and fitness very seriously. He was an avid golfer, softball player, and body surfer. During his long tenure of living in Santa Barbara he was well known in youth sports circles where he coached and refereed/umpired football and baseball for more than 20 years. He had a profound impact on the youth in Santa Barbara; and it always amazed his family and friends that wherever he went in town he knew somebody or was approached by some parent of a former player or a former player themselves who always thanked him for everything he had done during his time as their coach. After living in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years, he retired to Star, ID with his wife Vicki in 2005. Carlos spent most of his years living in Idaho battling the terrible disease that took him from his friends and family before his time should have ended. Carlos will be remembered for the impact and impression he made on others. His sense of humor was always present and he loved to joke around no matter what the situation. A consummate mentor, his number one priority was to help people realize their potential and make the most of their talent. Carlos was a loving husband, a doting father, an Idaho foster parent, a wonderful friend, and an honest and fair man. His spirit will live on and he will be missed immensely by all those that knew him. Carlos is survived by his loving wife, Victoria Ruggiero-Diaz of Star, ID; son, Matthew Michael Diaz, his wife, Kara, and two grandsons, Lucas and Caleb of Rocklin, CA; his mother, Christine Diaz of Oxnard, CA; siblings Joseph Trinidad Diaz and Armando Robert Diaz of Oxnard, CA; Elena Marie Hilmo of Burbank, CA; Mario Peter Diaz of Oakland, CA; nieces, nephews, in-laws and other family members. Carlos was preceded in death by step-son, Robert Daniel Heeley, of Santa Barbara, CA; as well as his father, Carlos Miguel Diaz, Sr. of Oxnard, CA. A memorial service will be held at Summers Funeral Home on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 3:00pm, located at 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, Idaho where family and friends will share memories and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, because of Carlos'passion for youth sports, the family requests that contributions be made on behalf of Carlos to the following organization: Star Parks and Recreation, Attn: Kim Ingraham, P.O. Box 130, Star, ID 83669. All contributions made are tax deductible. If flowers are sent, please have them delivered to Summers Funeral Home on Friday, October 31st. Memories and condolences may be shared with Carlos' family on his webpage at
o_Jimenez102114 JIMENEZ, Braulio "Lalo" March 26, 1928 - October 15, 2014 •Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Braulio was 86 years old when he passed away at home, surrounded by family. He was born and raised in Goleta and lived his entire life in Santa Barbara, with the exception of two years spent in Sacramento after returning home from the service. He served in the Army from 1950 -1952 in Munich, Germany and Rochelle, France. •He was the second oldest of 10 in his family. He is predeceased by his parents, Florentino and Ruperta Jimenez, his brothers, Gonzalo, Cruz, Lupe, Bobby, his sisters, Esperanza and Estella, his cousin Jess Jr. (Chito) Jimenez, and nephews Joey, Art and Michael Jimenez and Daniel Horta. He quit school to support his family when his father was ill and although he may not have had a formal education, there wasn't anything he couldn't do, or build, or fix. He knocked down walls, put up fences, poured patios and built brick walls. If you mentioned you needed something, off to his garage he went and before you knew it, there he was at your door with your hearts desire. When his grandsons, Nick and Taylor Barnett, wanted a skateboard ramp and a rail, he made that happen in his driveway. All the kids gathered in the afternoons in his driveway and he couldn't have been happier. He was a simple man who did not need many material things to make him happy. To have his family around was what made him the happiest. He always kept his wallet well stocked because if anyone needed money, he wanted to be able to give it to them, especially his grandchildren. Braulio met his wife, Cora (Loredo) and never looked back. They both loved to dance and they spent many years on the dance floor. They were beautiful to watch as he spun her around the dance floor, all the while smiling and laughing. They were married 64 years on July 16th. He did not have any traditional hobbies, he just loved working. And work he did, ever since he was a young boy on Rowe Ranch, where he had such fond memories of the Rowe Family. Later he worked as a butcher (Freddies Meat Locker), a baker (Webbers) and finally as a cement truck driver (McNalls and Goleta Ready Mix). He is survived by his wife, Cora Jimenez, his daughters Vivian Jimenez, Carol Jimenez (Tony Riparetti), and Dorothy Turner (Doug), his grandchildren, Nick and Taylor Barnett, Iliana Coleman, Ceira and Joseph Doss and Daniel Turner. His surviving brothers are Carlos (Charlie) Jimenez, Joe Jimenez and Florentino (Junior) Jimenez, and many loving nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. William C. Koonce and his staff for the many years of care, as well the caring staff with Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care who made it possible for us to keep him at home comfortably until his passing. A Rosary will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary, 15 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara, on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at San Roque Church, 3200 Calle Cedro, Santa Barbara, on Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Details for the Celebration of Life will be provided after the Mass.
o_Kluss101714 KLUSS, Ronald P. 1935 - 2014 •Our father Ronald Philip Kluss passed away suddenly on September 24, 2014. He was 79 years old. •Dad was a lifelong resident of Santa Barbara. He was born on January 28, 1935, the son of the late Emilia and Dr. Edwin Kluss. After serving in the United States Navy Reserve and attending Cal Poly SLO, he had a long and successful career at Santa Barbara Research Center as an electronic engineer until his retirement after 25 years. •Dad was a family man. He met and married his late wife, Janet, also a Santa Barbara native, in 1959. They were married for over 40 years and raised three children. He loved watching and playing all sports, tinkered in the garage building new inventions, drove the family on camping trips, and played his guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica, and mandolin. He was an accomplished musician who played music by ear and loved to entertain and teach others. Our family Christmas band was a testament to Dad’s patience, ability, and sense of humor. None of his children inherited his musical talent, but that didn’t matter to Dad. At every Christmas Eve gathering, our family band played anyway. He is survived by his children, Julie, Terrie and Gary Kluss, daughter- in-law, Sandra Kluss, grandsons, Matthew and Michael Bailey, sister, Lorna Larsen, several nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his wife Janet Kay Kluss and brother Edwin R. Kluss, Jr. A memorial service will be held in Dad’s memory on October 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary, located at 15 E. Sola Street, Santa Barbara, with a private gathering to follow. Visitors welcome. Even though Dad’s guitar has stopped strumming tunes for us, we hope instead he is now playing for all the angels in heaven. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Morgan102114 MORGAN, Alfred V. Died October 9, 2014 in Taos, New Mexico as he was returning from an extraordinary vacation. He is loved by his family and friends who will miss his humor and wit. Al was born in Liberal, Kansas on April 13, 1936 to Gertrude and Forest Morgan. As a young boy, he loved riding his horse across the plains near the Cimarron River with his dog close beside. He was a graduate of Kansas University. He volunteered draft and after basic training plus specialized training in El Paso, Texas, was assigned to a Nike Hercules Missile Site near Fairbanks, Alaska. Upon his return to Kansas, Al and Peggy Riley were married at the Danforth Chapel on the KU Campus. He and his wife settled in Downey, California after their three month camping honeymoon across the west. They then attended the University of Southern California where he received his MBA. Al participated in several community activities. As a member of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church for over 40 years, Mr. Morgan was a member of the vestry, the Welcome Committee, Men's Bible Study, and was Junior Warden. During this same period of time he was also member of the Lobero Theatre Board. He loved to dance. Al enjoyed membership in the Los Fiesteros Dance Club, and since he equally enjoyed riding, was a member of the Los Rancheros Pobres. Beyond home, Al made sure his children and grandchildren enjoyed swimming, beach combing, skiing, fishing, boating, and miles/hours/months of camping in a tent or a motorhome from California through Canada, the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and home. Alfred's business career began with Fruehauf Trailer Company in Vernon, California. He then joined Security Pacific National Bank, where he first conducted research for placement of new branches, and later had marketing responsibility. He next worked with Doyle Dane Bernbach Advertising before joining a consulting and training organization. Following several years with Harbridge House Consultants, he and several other professionals formed a conglomerate association. As president of Morgan Business Associates (MBA) for over 40 years, Al advised, worked with, and challenged: owners, managers, salespeople, customer contact employees, and persons from all levels of the business enterprise on how to perform their jobs with more satisfaction and reward for themselves as well as their companies. Al's participative, action-oriented workshops, which included projects, laboratories, and detailed plans, gained him a reputation of being one who "brought the workplace into the classroom." Over the years, MBA migrated through a variety of industries to include: government, utilities, insurance, banking, on/offhighway, small-medium-and heavy equipment manufacturers and their distributors. Boppers, Bop Bop, Granddad, Grandfather, Godfather all work. Al's grandchildren love him as he loved them; and they appreciate the time he spent with them. He listened, talked, shared ideas, smiled, wrestled, and knew/loved each of them dearly. Alfred is survived by his beloved wife Peggy A. Morgan; daughter Trudie M. Safreno (Ty); sons Vance R. Morgan, Allen F. Morgan, and Bradley A. Morgan (Michelle); grandchildren Niell, Wade, Taylor, Caelen, Braeden, (Sherilyn), Callahan, Tristan, (Carol), Angelica & Keana, (Melissa), Ginger Miller, Kay Benjamin (Richard) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. His youngest son, Kelly J. Morgan preceded Alfred in death in 1999. The family would like to extend their appreciation for the outstanding medical care he received from the Veteran's Administration Clinics in West Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Services will be held at All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, Saturday, October 25 at 10:00am. Memorial donations may be made to All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara.
o_Rogers102114 ROGERS, William C. 11/7/35 to 10/11/14 Bill was originally from Franklinville, N,Y. He came to Isla Vista in the 70's to later settle in Goleta for more than 40 years. Bill's day job was a technician for Varityper but his real love was playing his Martin D35 guitar and singing country music. He will be missed by his friends and ones who loved him here on the pacific coast. He will be going home to NY for his final resting place. He is survived by his sister Barb Halstead of Cheektowaga, Ny, his sons William C., Rogers Jr. & wife Elaine of Willington NC, David of Plano TX and Jimmy & wife Peggy of Katy, Texas 9 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.
o_Teraoka102114 TERAOKA, Richard Fond Remembrances 1951 - 2014 •After 63 years of a wonderful life-journey in this world Richard passed on to eternal life on October 14, 2014. Richard Teraoka also known to family as "Ricky" made his transition to be with his Creator in his home surrounded by loving family and friends. •Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to loving parents, Wes and Kay, he was a third generation Japanese American. Richard enjoyed his life spent with family, friends, and loved ones, especially with two grandchildren who he adored. The splendor and beauty of Santa Barbara was home to Richard for the past 35 years. Richard lived a simple life filled with passion and guided with compassion. After attending UCLA and achieving a Master’s degree in Social Work, Richard would embrace many of life’s promises, hopes and his dreams which were reflected in what he did and loved. Richard was an avid reader of novels who enjoyed nature walks, the beach, the Arts, and his liking of pet dogs and exotic birds. With a life partner Nick of 28 years, they were entrepreneurs of several local businesses in Santa Barbara. His 19 year professional career and achievements at the University of California, Santa Barbara culminated with being a Director of the Educational Opportunity Program. In 2012, Richard received the Margret T. Getman Award. He was extremely proud of this award, as an affirmation of outstanding service to students, staff and faculty. With a deep sense of equity and parity for social justice, Richard volunteered over the years at several non-profits in the Santa Barbara community and was involved with committees on the campus of UCSB. His spiritual journey included being an active member of a church community. With much admiration, the utmost respect and with unconditional love, Richard honored and felt privileged with those who shared his life with him to make a difference in his life and times and, the greater community of Santa Barbara. In every moment of living life, Richard valued such precious times as he took with him those moments with his mother, Kay; his sisters Toni, and Janie; brother, Randy sister in-law Joy; brother-in-laws Ron and Toby; his niece Kimiko; grandchildren, Tyler and Casey; and, Nick who partnered with Richard for many years. Of Richard’s extended families; the Sebastians of Fresno, California, The Salon, Video Visions, EOP and Trinity Church. Richard took these life moments with him to heart and also of life-long friends; Annette, Patti, Carl and Larry. Richard's Memorial service will be held on Saturday October 25th at 2:00 pm. The service and reception will be held at: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara, CA. In lieu of flowers: Make donations to: Pacific Pride Foundation Santa Barbara, Hospice of Santa Barbara, UCSB Educational Opportunity Program STEP, Trinity Episcopal Church.