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O_Bowers092916_r2 BOWERS, Daniel Clifton •Died peacefully in his home on September 23, 2016 in Santa Maria, California at the age of 83. He was being visited and comforted by loved ones at the time of his passing. •Dan was born on October 28, 1932 in Santa Maria, California. He was the second son of Clifton and Martha Bowers. As a boy he attended St. Mary's Military Academy in Los Angeles, and then graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1951. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy, and then briefly worked in the oil fields until he entered into the electrical apprenticeship in 1959. Dan was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 413 for 56 years, working as an electrician for 18 years before being appointed as an International Representative, a position he was extremely proud to hold, until his retirement in 2003. Dan enjoyed flying, and spent many hours piloting his 1959 Piper Comanche in the skies above his home. He was happiest with family and friends and while on the golf course. Strong, caring and a prankster at heart, Dan always found a way to make people smile. He spent many years serving his community as an Orcutt Youth Football coach, and as a member of the Orcutt Jaycees and of the local Elks Lodge. Dan was an exceptional example of dedicated service to his union, his IBEW Brothers and Sisters, his community, and his family. Dan is remembered with love by his children, Bonnie Bowers, Amy Souza-Lopez (Paul), Kathy Bowers, Bari Anderson (Phil), Brad Bowers, and Conan Bowers, and his beloved wife Carol's children Judy Hackler, John Morris (Sue), David Morris (Kathy), and Marcia Morris, as well as his nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Frank, and wives Lela Peyton Bowers in 1973, and Carol Morris Bowers in 1992. A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dan's life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dan Bowers Memorial Scholarship, which has been established for local teens entering Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, electronically through Wells Fargo Bank or c/o AGHS at 495 Valley Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. Condolences for the family may also be sent c/o AGHS. The family would like to thank Home Helper's for their care and dedication, especially, Rea Cupp, Naomi DeLaCruz, Fernando Soto, and Michelle.
o_Magruder092916 MAGRUDER, Joan 1939 - 2016 •Joan Magruder, a longtime Carpinteria resident, died reluctantly on September 24, 2016. •Born in Whittier, California, in 1939 as Joan Oliver, she lived in California nearly all her life. •Joan married Carl Elgan when she was 19 and had three children before the age of 22. She and Carl divorced and she moved with her children to Winchester Canyon. While working at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB, she met and married her second husband, Jack Moore. Joan moved to Carpinteria in 1973 (where her mother's family had lived since 1929). She bought a house on La Manida in 1975 that has remained her extended family's epicenter since -- and where Joan hosted epic summers for her grandchildren and holidays for family. She married Bob Magruder in 1978. Together they traveled, navigated their way through the death of two of Bob's children (Sara and James) and became UCSB's biggest fans. They were separated in 2010 and remained close. In recent years, Joan cherished her time with her beloved Jerry Richart, who was by her side when she passed. The semi-aquatic Joan spent the first part of her career in and around the water, teaching swimming classes, coaching synchronized swim teams and working as a lifeguard. She loved the beach. Later, Joan worked in media, first as a news writer and assignment editor at KEYT, scouting stories and then later reporting human interest stories. She interviewed President Ronald Reagan before he ran for office. Joan went on to work at UCSB in the Office of Public Information. For nearly three decades from a corner office on the ground floor of Cheadle Hall, Joan connected with everyone associated with the media and the university. She publicized UCSB's academic, scientific and athletic achievements with heart and humanity. Her award-winning videos were ground-breaking. Joan had 10 rules for living: 1. Talk to strangers 2. Welcome everyone 3. Work hard 4. Ask questions 5. Tip generously 6. Shop locally 7. Cook real food 8. Love fiercely 9. Read constantly 10. Go barefoot Joan is survived by her three children: Jody Elgan Thomas (Doug), Adam Khan (Klassy) and Mike Elgan (Amira); her stepdaughter: Linda Densmore (Gregg); and her nine grandchildren: Jessica Lara, Ben Wagner, Kevin Elgan (Nadia), Joya Groves (Jesse), Jordan Thomas, Kenny Elgan, Sara Densmore, Samantha Densmore and William Densmore; her siblings Judith Mulroy and John Oliver. A wake in Joan's honor will take place Sunday, October 2, at 2pm at the center of the world (1306 La Manida, Carpinteria). Family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please give to the Carpinteria Bluffs III Project, City of Hope or buy a great book at Chaucer's Bookstore.
o_Munro1092916 o_Munro2092916 MUNRO, Rodrick "Bam Bam" •68, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2016, after an unexpected & brief battle with cancer. Rod, the son of Edythe McNally & Rodrick Munro Senior was born on January 26, 1948 in Coronado, CA. He is survived by his brother Jamie, son Ian and daughter Thalia. •Rod grew up a Navy brat alongside his brother in Coronado, fishing for Halibut & Abalone, playing volleyball for Coronado High School, and surfing every good wave. Out of high school, Rod came to Santa Barbara. Already an aspiring artisan woodworker, his talents blossomed with hard work and the right connections. Dads beautiful handcraft exotic hardwood bar tops & tables and handcrafted furniture were gracing Santa Barbara eateries & homes for decades. He eventually owned & operated his own restaurants & bar, Cal Islands. He ran Creative Wood Designs for over 40 years, having his first large shop on Olive Street. •Always a beach boy Rod had a hard hitting volleyball repertoire, pounding the courts of east beach & around earning him the nick name "Bam Bam" on the sand, a true natural since high school. A strong and physically gifted man, he dominated in anything he did, volleyball, surfing, desert motocross in Mexico, you name it. He passed this to both of his children whom both became professional athletes. Apart from that, dad was a very kind intelligent man, sharing his knowledge & creativity to those around him. A simple conversation with dad could lure anyone in. He had an amazing sense of humor and was often a physical storyteller, that could fill a room with laughter. A 'War of the Roses' divorce about killed dad, it took everything from him, including a part of his heart & soul. A prideful man, he bounced back leaving Santa Barbara to Fort Lauderdale, where he worked for Dave Nancarrow, founder of Carrow's Restaurants customizing the interiors of his yachts with his woodwork. From there, Rod, son Ian & Patches the beloved Australian Shepard drove cross country ,zig zagging the country in a Volkswagen van back to Santa Barbara. From Santa Barbara, dad, son & dog ventured to Bend, OR, where dad lived for 15 years. He continued "Creative Wood Designs" and created a name for himself beautifying the homes of Broken Top & other high society neighborhoods in Oregon. A long term spinal injury from dad's "Bam Bam" days, eventually brought retirement on & dad closed the doors, to the shop. A tipsy economy in Bend and the cold winters eventually pushed dads retirement to Arizona, where he lived his last days, with his wife Sarah & beloved dog Molly by his side at the end. Rodrick was a truly amazing man, one that was looked up to. A strong, kind, honest, creative hardworking man, who will be dearly missed! Love you Dad Services spreading of the ashes by boat, will be held at Coronado Yacht Club, on October 8th, 10 AM, Tony Falleta's boat, leaves @ 11AM.

In Memoriam

ORLANDO CIABATTONI There will be a celebration of the life of Orlando "Londi" Ciabattoni held at the Carriage Museum, 129 Castillo St. in Santa Barbara, this Friday, September 30th, from 4-7pm, hosted by the Mozo Camp of the Rancheros Visitadores. RSVP is requested: email londiscelebration@gmail.com. For those who would like to honor Londi but can't come to the event, donations may be made in Londi's memory to the Alpha Resource Center, www.alphasb.org.
THERESE DEGROOD LORD Please join us for a celebration of Therese's life on October 1, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Morgan Hall 4575 Auhay Dr., S.B. 93110. The ceremony beginning at 2:45