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o_Griffin2021818 o_Griffin1021818 GRIFFIN, Timothy Geib "Tim" Camarillo, CA Lifelong Camarillo resident Tim Griffin was born on August 6, 1957 and passed away suddenly on February 12, 2018. A devoted Dodgers fan, Tim took countless trips to the High Sierras, enjoying backpacking hiking, fishing, and climbing Mt. Whitney. Tim also loved spending time with his family, friends, and beloved dog, John Deere as well as fishing and hunting in Ennis, Montana. Tim and his brother Mark worked together as co-owners of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels in Camarillo and Thousand oaks, which were founded by their father and uncle in 1950. He is survived by his mother, Marie Griffin of Camarillo; uncle, Tom Griffin of Thousand Oaks; sisters, Stephanie (Dennis) Reilly of Santa Barbara and Cynthia (James) Bond of Camarillo; brothers, Gilbert (Ann) Griffin of Ventura and Mark (Ann Marie) Griffin of Camarillo, numerous nieces and nephews: Tom (Amber) Reilly, Katie (Jake) Weintraub, Hillary (Justin) West, James (Kristen) Bond, Mark Bond, Billy (Lauren) Griffin, Jon (Jackie) Griffin, Joey Griffin, Jennifer (Mark) Giauque, and Michael Griffin; and numerous great nephews, great nieces, and cousins. Tim was preceded in death by his father, Russell Griffin; and grandparents, Gilbert and Lilly Griffin and George and Ann Geib. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 20 at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 1075 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo (805)482-1166. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. A family graveside service will follow at Santa Barbara cemetery.
o_Harvey021818 o_Harvey2021818 HARVEY, John J. "Jack" John J. "Jack" Harvey, a Montecito resident since 1986, passed away at Serenity House on January 17th, 2018 with his wife and children by his side Jack was the epitome of the American Dream. Through honest hard work, determination, and the willingness to take a risk, Jack became a successful business man and was recognized as one of the top 10 executives of mid sized Corporations in America. Jack was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 16th 1931 to John Earl and Dolores (Lori) Harvey. After serving in the Naval Air Reserves during the Korean War (the photo shown was used for recruitment), Jack graduated from Lake Forest College with a dual degree in Economics and History, with a minor in Archeology (elected to MENSA). He later received an MBA from Northwestern University After a short career as a stockbroker, Jack moved to the Silicon Valley in 1960 and became involved in the nascent semiconductor industry. In 1965 he became Chairman of Microscience Corporation which was involved in reducing the size of electronic components in consumer devices. Jack's biggest regret was refusing to invest in a company started by two young inventors, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, because he didn't like the name of their company, "Apple". Jack became one of California's preeminent investment bankers and turned around several well known companies, including Dutch Boy Paint and Baltimore Paint and Chemical. Jack then started his own company, Artra Corporation, which was traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1979 Jack was invited to the White House and honored by President Jimmy Carter as one of America's leading corporate executives. After retiring to Montecito with his wife, Phyllis, he found time to enjoy golf, (often winning trophies for the "Longest Drive"), bridge, poker, and support local charities, including Cornerstone, an organization for disabled children. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Phyllis; four daughters, Lori Harvey (grandchildren Christopher & Trevor), Julie Valeriote (husband Chris, and grandchildren Matthew, Jonathon, Dominic & Christina), Katie Clapp (husband Jim, grandchildren Jamie & Nicholas) and Kim Harvey; and his step-children Stephanie Umstead (husband Ed, grandchild Sydney) and Stephen Young. Jack will be deeply missed and dearly remembered by his friends and family. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.
o_Latour021818 LATOUR, Sharon Mary Sharon Mary Latour passed away peacefully at her home in San Leandro on Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family and close friends. Sharon is survived by her father John Latour and stepmother Rosa, brother Dan Latour and his wife Terri, sister in-law Christie Latour, nieces Katie Latour and Christen Latour, and nephews Justin Latour, Sean Ryan, Eric Ryan, and Tim Ryan, and aunt Diane Ryan-Wiegand. Sharon is predeceased by her mother Geraldine, sisters Louise, Manon, and Helene, and brother Paul. A daughter, aunt, sister, partner, mentor, teacher, and special friend, dear Sharon left this world far too soon, but only to answer God's call to go home, where she now joins family and friends in the New Life in which she believed so deeply. As a pioneer on many levels, Sharon was the first woman NCAA Sports Information Director at University of California at Santa Barbara. Her love of adventure and new challenges took her to the United States Air Force for 20 years where she retired as Lieutenant Colonel and became Director of Leadership Development and Training around the world. Her desire to follow God more fully led her to attend the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which prepared her to be a pastor, serving churches over the past 15 years in Arcata, Garberville, Bolinas, and Stinson Beach Presbyterian Churches. Most recently, Sharon was the co-founder of the Leadership Development Program with inner-city youth for the East Oakland Youth Alliance. Sharon was an open, loving and giving friend to everyone who's life she touched. Sharon's life was full of love, accomplishment, adventure and great friendship and will be cherished by all who knew her. There will be a gathering for the burial and special blessing in thanksgiving for Sharon's life on Saturday, March 3, 11am at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara.
MORR, Kim Laura "Kim" Morr, 61, of Santa Barbara, Ca., passed away 12/31/2017. Kim was born 7/1/1957 in Santa Barbara, Ca., to parents Albert J. Vido and Pam Vido. She is survived by her parents; children Lea Bertrand and Jameson Morr; sisters Terri, Jill, Kelly and Mica; Aunt Lucille; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kim was an outstanding cook and enjoyed spending time in the kitchen. She prepared meals for the homeless and always had a supply of food in her car to share with those in need. She loved taking walks on the beach and being near the ocean. She will be missed by her family and loved always.
o_Nicolaysen021818 NICOLAYSEN, Jeffery K. Jeffery K Nicolaysen, 61, passed away in his home in Citrus Heights, California, on January 25, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born in Santa Maria, California, to Donald "Nick" and Doris (Singleton) Nicolaysen, coming home to the welcome of big brother Gary. Jeff spent his early years in Santa Maria and Lompoc, and finally Goleta where he attended school at Kellogg Elementary, Goleta Valley Jr High and Dos Pueblos High School. Jeff earned his degree in Accounting from San Diego State University, returned to the Santa Barbara area and was employed by the Accounting Firm of Perry & Bordofsky. Soon after he was Certified as a Public Accountant. In 1985 Jeff began his family; he married the former Cynthia Thompson Gerber, became a proud Dad to Bradley Gerber, and relocated to Citrus Heights where they welcomed son Jeffery "Brent" in 1988. In 1990 the family moved to Rocklin and welcomed third son Trevor in 1991. Jeff was an extraordinary father and husband. Jeff was employed by CCPOA from 1986 until he retired in 2015. A keen supporter of workers' rights in his personal life, he was proud to use his professional skills to support those who walk "the toughest beat in the state." Committed to his community and with a special heart for children, Jeff coached youth soccer for 15 years, beginning with Under-14 in Santa Barbara as a single young man and mentor, and continuing with younger age groups in both Citrus Heights and Rocklin, where he added T-Ball and Rocklin HS track & field (shot-put) to his schedule. When Brent's love of swimming led to the Sierra Marlins, the family managed the year-round team's snack bar for ten years. Jeff was a fervent advocate for excellent and accessible public education. He was twice elected to the Rocklin Unified School District Board of Education, was a founding member of Rocklin Academy, and served on the Academy Board for several years. Continuing with his servant heart, Jeff volunteered his financial skills for the Rocklin Community Covenant Church Board as their Stewardship Chairman through the 1990s. Jeff leaves behind his beloved wife, Cindy Nicolaysen, son Brad Gerber & daughter-in-law Christina Cooper (Venice), and sons Jeffery Brent Nicolaysen & Trevor Nicolayen (Citrus Heights). He also leaves brother and good friend Gary Nicolaysen & his wife Carol, as well as many dearly loved nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Jeff's Life will take place at 11:00 am on February 24, 2018, at Lambert Mortuary in Roseville, California. Memorial gifts in Jeff's memory may be made to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), SPCA, or one of the many organizations working on behalf of children.
ORDERO, Sr, Charles Manuel Charles Manuel Ordero, Sr., 72, joined his beloved partner of over 40 years, Harold "Barney" Barnes, on February 13, 2018. Charles was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA and was a proud member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation as well as a devout Catholic. He was devoted to his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Venita Cordero; sister, Barbara Barbere and brother, Tommy Cordero. He is survived by his, daughter, Charlene Marie Cordero; son, Charles Manuel Cordero, Jr; siblings, Frances Mullen, Anthony Cordero, Jr, Rosie Martinez, Martha Jaimes, William Cordero, Camille Cordero, Annette Cordero and Antonette Cordero; grandchildren, Anthony Zaragoza, Jr, Christina Zaragoza, Larissa Zaragoza and Emily Elizabeth Antonette Cordero; great-granchildren, Ariana, Alena, Annessa, Mei Mei and Anthony L. Zaragoza III; 21 first cousins; 25 nieces and nephews; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Nashville Cares, an organization that the family would like to thank dearly for all their care and support. PHILLIPS-ROBINSON FUNERAL HOME,, 615-262-3312
o_Phillips021818 PHILLIPS, Caroline Luce "Betsy" 1928-2018 Our beloved Betsy ("Amah") took her last breath on February 13, 2018, surrounded by her devoted children, animals, and the resident humming birds. Her last few days were a tribute to how she lived: with courage, grace, humor, and patience. Survivors include her children Ralph E. "Pete" Phillips III, Catherine "Carter" Phillips, Brooke Phillips Carhartt (Mike) and John "Page" Phillips (Susan); grandchildren Sequoyah "Suki" Genova (Matt), Misa Dugally and Chase Carhartt; great grandchildren Jake, Luke and Trey Genova, Kate and Sarah Dugally; nieces and nephews Bill Taylor, Pamela Holt Raider, Herbert Holt and Cynthia Holt, Ilaria Luce Ripoll, Paola Luce, and sister- in- law Piera Luce. Betsy was the third child of Addison Leech Luce and Sally Tazewell Waller Luce and was predeceased by her parents, husband Ralph Edwin Phillips Jr., and siblings Isabel Taylor, Sally Holt and Addison L. "Chip" Luce Jr. She was born and raised in Pasadena, California and spent wonderful summers in Del Mar at her family's beloved Luce Ends cottage. There, she enjoyed long, lazy days of swimming, body surfing, shelling, and fishing from the beach. She attended Polytechnic School and Westridge School in Pasadena and UC Berkeley, where she met and then married Ralph Phillips in 1948. They raised their four children in San Marino and Pasadena, and the family spent many happy years sailing and cruising on their boats to Catalina, the Channel Islands, and Mexico. Betsy was involved with many charitable organizations such as Junior League, Children's Hospital, LACMA, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Huntington Library, Church of Our Savior, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and St. Mark's in the Valley. She was also a Member Emeritus of the Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Yacht Club, and Colonial Dames. She was compassionate, loving, and generous with her time and energy. Along with her most beautiful smile, Betsy will be remembered as charismatic, fun-loving, fiercely loyal to family, and chic her style was elegant, classic, and timeless. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a quick wit and sharp mind, and was an avid reader who regularly worked on crosswords, codewords, and jigsaw puzzles. With her zest for life, she was always up for adventure, even pursuing her pilot's license when she was in her late 60's. She spent the last 20 years of her life in the Santa Ynez Valley on her daughter and son-in-law's ranch where she happily logged daily miles in the vineyard, cared for the ranch chickens, spoiled the horses with carrots and treats, and made endless batches of persimmon cookies. We, and her many friends everywhere, are all blessed to have had this most beautiful "joie de vivre" in our lives. Bon voyage Betsy! Heartfelt thanks to the "angel" nurses and support staff at Solvang Sansum Cancer Center, Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz, Randall Day of SMITV, and Assisted Hospice Care for providing such generous care and love .A memorial service is planned for late March. Arrangements by Loper Funeral Chapel, Ballard.
o_Qualls021818 QUALLS, Bernice Hurst (April 1919 February 2018) Born Ruth Bernice Hurst in Pleasant Hill, MO, she was given the nickname "B" by her six siblings and many friends. She played softball at Central Union High School and helped at her parents' general store and gas station in El Centro, CA. Prior to the end of WWII, having completed business school, Bernice stepped up in Rosie the Riveter fashion and worked at the Nordstrom Valve Company in Oakland, while the boys were overseas. In 1942 Bernice married her love, Joe Qualls, in Yuma, AZ. They started their family in Lynwood, CA, and had three children. Bernice was a savvy business woman in partnership with her husband. They purchased, refurbished and flipped homes before the term was vogue. Bernice and Joe moved the family to Apple Valley in 1966, where they set down deep roots in the budding community. Joe was Vice President and Manager of the Bank of America in Victorville. Bernice was an active member of the Victor Valley Women's Club, PTA and local children's literacy and health programs. After Joe's passing in 2002, Bernice moved to Santa Barbara to be near her eldest daughter. Among Bernice's enthusiasms in Santa Barbara were gardening, home improvement projects, Free Methodist Church, Cliff Drive Care Center Senior Lunch Program, water aerobics with her girlfriends and walks at Shoreline Park with her Maltese, Shasta. But her heart belonged foremost to her family. She is preceded in death by Joe, her husband of 60 years. She is survived by: daughter Cindy Perlis and her husband Bob of Santa Barbara, CA; daughter Becky Pulford and her husband John of Tehachapi, CA; son Doug Qualls of Apple Valley, CA, whose wife Jaynie passed away only one day after Bernice; eight grandchildren and their seven spouses; and fifteen great-grandchildren. Bernice built meaningful relationships with each of her grandchildren. She was quick to listen and an avid communicator letter writing and phone calls were part of her daily routine. In turn, her home was constantly filled with notes, photos, phone calls, visits, flowers and gifts. Reaching nearly 99 years of age, Bernice grew old with enormous grace and will be remembered for her heart full of gratitude, wonder at life, positive outlook, can-do attitude and willingness to always lend a helping hand. She is a dearly loved woman, which is merely a reflection of the ways she respected and loved all those around her. She will be deeply missed, but we are celebrating with her a long life, well lived. Services for Bernice will be held Tuesday, February 20, at Victor Valley Memorial Park, 15609 11th Street, Victorville, CA. Visitation is at 10 AM, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 AM.
o_Riffle021618 RIFFLE Jr., Stanley Russell Stanley Russell Riffle Jr., 73, of Point Roberts, Washington, passed away peacefully on February 2nd, 2018. Stan also know among family and friends as Lee was the son of Stanley Russell Riffle Sr. and Mary Jo (Spreitz) Riffle, and the loving husband of Jollena (Thompson) Tylor, whom he met in a kindergarten class in Santa Barbara. Although his four final years were complicated by cancer and heart problems, Stan nevertheless took his diagnoses with a grain of salt. Ever the entertainer, he filled the room with laughter and swapped stories with those around him until the very end. Stan found his final rest while in the care of staff at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham, Washington. Stan is survived by his wife, Jollena Tylor (Pt. Roberts, WA); his brother, Lewis, brother, Laird, and sister-in-law, Paige Riffle (all three of Santa Barbara, CA); his daughter, Jenny Riffle (Vancouver, WA); his son, Jason, daughter-in-law, Janelle, and grandson, Elias Riffle (all of Tucson, AZ); and his stepdaughter, Janice Tylor Waterman and son-in-law, Ric Waterman (both of Tsawwassen, BC). He is preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, Marijo Riffle, and by his former wife Jenny and Jason's mother Dianne (Sinkola) Riffle. Stan wore a number of professional hats in his lifetime. He officially began his path towards architecture upon graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1967. That fall, he trained for military service at Fort Belvoir, VA. Stan was transferred overseas in 1968 as a first lieutenant with the US Army Corps of Engineers to points in Germany and Belgium. He concluded his tour as a General's Aide in 1970, having contributed to the relocation of NATO SHAPE from Rocquencort, France, to Mons, Belgium. Upon returning to the US, he resumed residence and began his own architectural practice in Santa Barbara. Stan maintained his studio here for 36 years, developing a portfolio of work comprised of projects in California, Arizona, and Washington. After moving permanently to Pt. Roberts in 2006, he continued his practice until informally retiring in 2013. He was a proud Mozos Camp member of the Rancheros Visitadores in Santa Barbara, and looked forward to attending their annual ride for several years after relocating to Washington. Stan also took an active interest in the Point Roberts Volunteer Fire Department, serving as a Whatcom County Fire Commissioner from 2011 until 2017, when he reluctantly retired mid-term due to his declining health. Family, friends, clients, and colleagues alike will remember Stan's generous and disarming nature, his knack for storytelling, and his irreverent and relatable sense of humor. Two services are being planned to honor and remember Stan. The first will be held at 1:00 pm on February 21st at the Point Roberts Fire Hall. The second will be held in April at the Riffle family home in Santa Barbara, with an exact date to be determined. During the course of his illness, Stan was profoundly touched by the personal sacrifice he witnessed and medical care he received. In keeping with his final wish to give back, his family has asked that any contributions be made in the form of a blood donation. Facilities will be on hand during services held at the Point Roberts Fire Hall. Santa Barbara residents who would like to donate in his honor are encouraged to contact the Tri-County Blood Bank. "Illegitimi non carborundum."
o_Schumacher021818 SCHUMACHER, Victor R. Greatly loved by his family and friends, Victor R. Schumacher, 76, passed away peacefully at Serenity House on February 3, 2018. A native of Switzerland, Victor first traveled to the USA in 1968 when, upon graduating from the school of architecture at the ETH in Zurich, he earned a travel scholarship to the country of his choice. He was deeply drawn to Southern California and the Southwest, which offered a lifestyle that gradually became too appealing to leave behind. Before opening his own office in Santa Monica in 1980, for 12 years Victor was employed with the large architectural firms of DMJM, Gruen Associates where he worked with Cesar Pelli, and William Pereira & Associates where he eventually became a vice president. Victor married his beloved wife, Faye, in 1971 and together with their daughter, Courtney, the family moved to Winterthur, Switzerland for two years. Upon returning to the US, they settled in Malibu for many years, where their son, Alec, was born. A move to Pacific Palisades for three years was followed by their permanently settling in Santa Barbara in 1991. Victor enjoyed many lasting friendships in Santa Barbara beginning early on in Newcomers club and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, as well as with many of his architectural clients. After retirement in 2014, Victor volunteered at the Botanic Garden on a building committee and was a member of the Mission Canyon Architectural Review Board. Victor enjoyed skiing, sailing, traveling, camping and he especially loved working in the garden, building garden walls with stone. He enjoyed "his" city thoroughly and liked to, as he called it, "read the pulse of the town" by strolling downtown, walking along the breakwater and regularly attending First Thursdays, the City's monthly evening art gallery open houses. Even after retiring, his favorite TV program was the Santa Barbara architectural review sessions on the local channel. Victor will always be deeply loved and missed by his family: Faye, wife of 46 years; daughter, Courtney Narine and spouse, Carl, and grandsons, Ian and Lucas Narine of Santa Barbara; son Alec and spouse, Kate Fritz, and granddaughter, Nora, and grandsons Benjamin and Fritzy Schumacher of Goleta; his sister, Edith Wyler of Switzerland; nephew Yanick Wyler, of Argentina; niece, Ariane Langdon of New Zealand. He will always be remembered as an intelligent, kind, loyal, and honest man a true gentleman throughout his life. A private service will be held for immediate family. Memorial gifts may be sent in Victor's name to Serenity House Hospice Care, 930 Miramonte Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 or the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.