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o_Ward032619 COLLINS II, Edward Winslow •Our own gypsy soul, Edward Winslow Collins II, really known as Ward, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of March 18, surrounded in love and comfort by his family. Over the past 10 months, Ward battled a difficult fight with cholangiocarcinoma. Through a poor prognosis and grueling surgeries and treatment, Ward 'fought' on like a true USC fan with little complaint and a positive outlook. But even our strongest fighters need to rest to find their true victory. •Born on December 21, 1970 in Santa Barbara, California, Ward was a real gift to Win and Dorothy Collins. Raised in Montecito, Ward's childhood was marked with bodysurfing and bodyboarding, beginning at Miramar Beach and many other beaches on the Central Coast. Plenty of time was spent fishing on the Santa Barbara pier and harbor, and hitting the road for family adventures in the Collins' brown VW bus with his younger siblings, Bessie and James. Always one to test the limits, Ward and his friends were known as the Montecito (Cito) Rats for raising a bit of good, clean cain in sleepy Montecito. Ward attended New Mexico Military Institute and Santa Barbara High School. Ward traded his body board for skis and found a new passion for the mountains in Lake Tahoe where he resided for many years as an integral part of an 'educated ski bum' community who rarely paid retail for just about anything. Ward graduated from Sierra Nevada College and began a very successful career in the ski business, having worked for Rossignol Ski Company for 4 years, and as an expert boot fitter for many of the big names in skiing. He then parlayed these skills into product management and marketing for companies like SuperFeet and MatMarket. His career took him all over the world to refine his mastery of the perfect fit. Ward met the love of his life, Holly Hood, in 2005 and they lived together in Bellingham, Washington raising a couple of fat and happy cats. Ward was a devoted husband, son, brother, and uncle to his 5 nieces and nephews who he adored and loved to help raise. Ward will be forever known for his love of surf and ski, his gift of gab, his ability to dream up the next 'big thing,' and his fierce loyalty to his family and friends. We find comfort knowing that Ward has found his peace in an eternal sunset. Sail on into the mystic, our dear Wardo É. We love you, Mom and Dad, Holly, Billy and Bessie, James and Gina and your 'crew'
o_Gordon032619 GORDON, Edmond W. Edmond W. Gordon passed away peacefully from natural causes surrounded by family on March 12, 2019. Ed was born April 13, 1927 with his identical twin brother, Fred, in Redondo Beach, CA to parents Fred Sr. and Neva Gordon. After serving in the Navy, he moved to Santa Barbara. He met and married Kathryn McKee in 1949. Together they had three children Gary, Robert (Bob), and Susan. Ed worked his entire career for GTE first as a lineman and then a supervisor. Ed had a passion for sailing which he passed on to his sons. He was a world champion competitive sailor and won many awards and trophies in his adult life. He was named Skipper of the Year twice. After Kay's death in 1981, Ed married Nancy Lorden and started the second chapter of his life. Together they traveled the country in their motorhome and with their many friends in the Elk's Caravaneers. Ed's favorite place was Rock Creek in the High Sierra where the trout "trembled in fear at the sound of his name." When Nancy died after 28 years of marriage, Ed began the third chapter of his life with his loving partner Joan Lorden. Ed and Joan continued the adventures in the motorhome as well as several cruises and trips together. The family will be forever grateful to Joan for her loving commitment to Ed, visiting him every day at his final home of Vista del Monte. Ed is survived by his two children Gary (Janet) Gordon and Susan Woods; his eight grandchildren Scott Gordon (Julie), Kaycie Gordon (Joe); Ryan (Cari) Woods, Randy Woods, Katy Woods; James Gordon; Michael O'Shea and Meghan O'Shea. Ed is also survived by five great grand children. Ed was pre-deceased by his twin brother Fred, wives Kay and Nancy, and son Bob. At Ed's request, private services will be held at a later date.
o_Hall032419 HALL, Adam Kenneth 12/07/1980 – 03/14/2019 •Adam Hall passed away unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon, March 14, in Buellton, CA. He was 38. •Adam was born on December 7, 1980. After graduating from Dos Pueblos High School in 1999, Adam joined the United States Marine Corps in December of that same year, serving five years working as a mechanic on F18 fighter jets. In 2005, he joined the family business, Goleta Building Materials, assuming management in 2010. Adam was instrumental in significantly growing the business until his departure at the end of 2016. He was a friend to all who met him, and earned the respect of customers and suppliers alike. To this day, people frequently ask, "How's Adam?" Adam's daughter meant everything to him. Riley was the light of his life and he was so very proud to be her Dad. Adam also took great pride in his service to our country as a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant. Adam is survived by his daughter, Riley Hall (Shannon); parents, Ken and Connie Hall; sister, Keri Hall Metzger (Ryan); nephews, Jacob and Brady Metzger; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins – all of whom will cherish his memory. Adam was a kind man with a generous heart and a playful twinkle in his bright blue eyes, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, including those who served alongside him. A celebration of Adam's life will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA, 93463.
o_Jensen032619 JENSEN, Betty Lucille •Betty Jensen, age 95 of Solvang, passed away on Tuesday, March 19 in Santa Barbara. Born in Hutchison, Kansas in 1922, she is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, August "Aage" Jensen. •Betty is survived by three nephews; Richard Raker of Redding, Ca, Lyle Raker Jr. of Amarillo, Texas, and John Robert Raker, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. •A Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, March 29 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, Ca. •Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.
o_Pinkham032619 PINKHAM, Nelson Curtis •Nelson Pinkham, 82 years old of Carpinteria passed away on March 7, 2019. He was born in Santa Barbara and he spent most of his life in beautiful Carpinteria, where his family owned a flower ranch. lt was Nelson's idea to plant avocados and make his ranch an Avocado ranch, Nelson worked and loved that ranch with a passion. His other passions, were a variety of flowers, animals and his hobby of collecting antiques. •Nelson was known for his infectious smile, his kind and compassionate spirit, his unique personality, his sense of humor! He was a man who appreciated the simple things in life, whether it was a chocolate ice cream, or a car ride to the beach or to sunny downtown Santa Barbara. He loved going to Sizzlers in Ventura and appreciated singing his favorite song "the Yellow submarine" all the way down the coast! He will never be forgotten. He left an imprint in each person who met him, in all of those that knew him and the caregivers who spent the last three years of his life with him. He became a part of their family and they became a part of his. We want to thank the team that took such good care of him Armando Cervantes and Africa Espino, who were there from day one and until his last breath. Marisela Torres , Ana Montalvo, Mayra Cervantes, the extraordinary caregivers who gave him some of the best days of his life. We also want to thank Everardo Vallejo, who took care of his animals. He will be missed by his favorite sister in law Audrey Pinkham. His 3 loyal dogs, Osa, Sheila and Nicky miss him dearly, everyday... We want to thank Sarah House for making a home away from home for Nelson, he was grateful to always have a safe place to go to when he needed more help. To team Assisted, Marianne Wohler, Holly Joseph, thank you for so much help during the evacuations, thank you for so much patience and for always being available when he needed something, you are the best!, and finally lrving thank you for so many massages that left a smile on his face. Nelson, we love you, you will be remembered always, in a perfect green avocado, in the generosity towards animals, in the many roses that bloom in Santa Barbara, and each and every time we hear that song, "the Yellow submarine". We love you. A graveside service was held at Carpinteria Cemetery on Monday, March 25th. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sarah House. 2615 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, 93105.
o_Sutherland032619 SUTHERLAND, Hugh •Hugh was born on a farm in Gladwin, Michigan.• He joined the Navy in 1942, where he served on an aircraft carrier and fought in many battles, including the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Midway.• After his honorable discharge Hugh started his 31 year career as a pilot for American Airlines.•He was first based in Chicago where he•met the love of his life, Lois, who was also based there as a stewardess.•After they were married, they•moved to Dallas, and then Hugh finished his career in Los Angeles as a captain of the 747.•He retired in July, 1983. Hugh leaves his wife Lois, two sons Bill and Glenn, and four grandchildren, Sean, Dylan, Luke, and Josie. Hugh was the finest of gentleman.•A loving husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.