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o_Bush091614 BUSH, Michael F. 1940-2014 •Michael Francis Bush passed away on Thursday, September fourth, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother Eleanor G. Bush, and his father John (Joe) Burchard Bush. Mike grew up in Pasadena, California. He attended Wilson Elementary, Pasadena High School (class of 1957), Pasadena City College, UC Berkeley, and Cal State Los Angeles. •Mike met Sandy Williams while in high school and they were married in 1960. The births of three daughters (Jennifer, Pamela, and Susan) followed in the next five years. In 1967 they all moved north to Santa Barbara, California, so Mike could start a position with ABC Clio publishing company. A fourth daughter, Linda, was born at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara in 1970. In 1971 Mike and his family moved to Oxford, England to open the European division of ABC Clio. In 1975 Mike moved to Dana Point, California where he worked for the Orange County Daily Pilot newspaper and then owned a successful house cleaning business for many years. After he beat the odds and added many good years on to his life, lung cancer finally got the best of him. His four daughters were with him at the time of his passing, ushering him gracefully on to the next adventure. Michael F. Bush is survived by •his brother John B. Bush, Jr.; his daughters Jennifer, Pamela, Susan, and Linda; his niece Catherine and nephew John; his grandchildren Emilie, Torrey, Anastasia, Henry, Taylor and Ava; and his great-granddaughter Phoenyx. There will be a private memorial service in Dana Point, California on September 21, 2014. For information please contact Susan at
o_Davis091614 DAVIS, Claude Paul (1932 – 2014) •Claude Paul Davis passed away on September 3, 2014, with his son, Michael, and caregiver, Sally Eckert-Smith, by his side. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 60 years; sons Paul, Jr., Michael and Matthew, and daughter, Annette Bennett; grandchildren Joshua Davis, Bryan Davis, Alyson Bennett, Max Bennett and Owen Davis; and great grandchildren Kaitlin, Timothy and Nathan. •Paul was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Detroit with an MBA. He married Barbara, his high school sweetheart, in June, 1954.• Following several business promotions, he relocated his family to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Wheaton, Illinois, before arriving in Woodland Hills, California in 1969. After ‘retiring’ to Santa Barbara in 1986, he continued to stay actively involved in many business interests until his last days. Paul was inquisitive and dedicated to his entrepreneurial endeavors. He was•a lover of animals, an avid tennis player, golfer and member of the Montecito Country Club. He will best be remembered as a lover of life and good times.• He will be missed by many.
o_Liston091614 LISTON, Jean Altman •Jean Altman Liston, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Born in Mansfield, Ohio, she was the daughter of Ray and Sara (Rupert) Altman. She was 88. •Jean graduated from Hiram College in 1948 and received her Master's degree from the State University of Iowa in 1951. At Hiram, she met Robert Liston, and offered to share her blanket with him at a pep rally. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary the day before her death. •They lived many places in the United States and Europe, but Jean loved Santa Barbara best. Arriving in 1988, she worked at the Presidio. She also joined the First Congregational Church where she was financial secretary and a member of the Dorcas Circle, which makes quilts for babies in need. Jean loved to cook, baked the best pies and sewed beautifully. However, her primary interest was helping others. She volunteered tirelessly wherever needed, smiling all the while. She is survived by her loving husband, author Robert A. Liston; children, Cindy (Gary) Davidson of Alachua, FL and Felicia Liston of Santa Barbara; grandchildren, Chandra (Celio) Ramos, Sophia Avila, Gabriella Avila; great-grandchildren, Veda and Lila Ramos; brother, Marion (Jo) Altman. She was preceded in death by her son, guitarist Stephen W. Liston, two brothers and three sisters. A celebration of Jean's life will be held Saturday, September 20th at 10:00 am at the First Congregational Church, 2101 State Street, Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Congregational Church.
o_Palmer091614 PALMER, Stanley Alden •Passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara on September 10, 2014. He was 96. Born in 1918 in Coronado, California, Stan was a smart and energetic kid who played baseball and basketball at Coronado High School and enjoyed the outdoors. A forestry major at UC Berkeley, he left in his junior year to join the Army Air Corps in 1940. After advanced pilot training, he won his Fighter Pilot wings at Kelly Field, Texas; Class of 41-B. •With the entry of America into World War II, the 68th Pursuit Squad was sent to defend Australia and the South West Pacific Islands. In the most exciting period of his life, Stan fought with the 68th Fighter Squad in the long, grinding battle for Guadalcanal, earning the Navy Presidential Unit Citation with a battle star for supporting the 1st Marine Division. He flew 75 combat missions in P-40's and P-39's - scoring one aerial victory and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and other theater decorations. With the end of WWII, he left active military service to work in San Jose at the Wilmar's Lumber Company in contracting. In the 1950's, during the Korean War, Stan was called up from the Reserves and began a long career with the US Air Force in Contracting and Procurement. At TEMCO in Greenville, Texas, he flight tested the C-130's, RB-50's, and KC-97's undergoing maintenance. Later, Stan was assigned as the Contracting Officer at Garrett-Air Research in Los Angeles during the Mercury Space Program. He retired from the USAF in 1968 with the rank of Colonel, settling in Santa Barbara in 1969. He avidly pursued decades of Lawn Bowling and traveled to many tournaments and contributed to Club Newsletters, was active in The Military Order of World Wars, and tended to the many trees and plants in his backyard garden oasis. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Wanda; and, sons Ralph, of Long Beach and Ross, of Lancaster. A Military burial and private service was held at the Santa Barbara Cemetery on September 16th, 2014. Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
o_Schantz091614 SCHANTZ, Leslie J •Leslie J. Schantz, 55, Carpinteria, died suddenly and far too soon on June 14, 2014. •She wished no one a last farewell nor even said goodbye. What it meant to love and lose her, no one will ever know. •Leslie was born in Glen Ridge, N.J. on Oct. 9th, 1958 to William J. and Betty J. Moffitt. She was preceded in death by her father, William J. Moffitt and her adoring sister, Sharyn J. Moffitt. •Leslie was loved and cherished by family and friends alike and will be forever missed. •Leslie graduated from Livingston N.J. High School in 1976 and went on to Roberts Walsh School of Court Reporting and became a successful and well regarded Certified Court Reporter for thirty five years. For the first twelve years of her career, she was a full partner in the firm of Brody & Geiser and known to be the youngest reporter in the country to own her own business. Leslie was an avid Skier, Reader, Swimmer, Theatre enthusiast and excelled at all Water Sports. Leslie moved to Santa Barbara in 2008, after living in Stowe, Vt. for thirteen years and continued her Career as a freelance Certified Court Reporter. Left to mourn her are her beloved son, Harry W. Schantz of Los Angeles, Ca. and her adored daughter, Molly J. Schantz, Davis Ca., her loving mother, Betty J. Moffitt, Isla Vista, Ca., her former husband, John L. Schantz, Newport Vt. and Lulu, her precious Border Terrier. Leslie left many special friends and relatives in Santa Barbara, Vt., N.J. and N.Y., including very special cousin Rhonda Cooper, aunts, Wilma Mac Phail, Shirley Korth, and uncle George Mac Eachern. She will always be remembered for the ever present beautiful smile she had for one and all. Arrangements have been entrusted to Simply Remembered Cremation Care, Santa Barbara. Memorial Service is pending.
o_Torres091614 TORRES, Gilbert •Gilbert Torres passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 7, 2014. •Born in Santa Barbara to Carlos and Ascension Torres on June 22, 1942, he was the youngest of 11 children. He grew up in Santa Barbara where he attended local schools. In 1960 he married Lorraine Contreras and they had four children. He worked as a semi truck driver for several years and in 1976 he began working for The Fireplace Shop where he remained for 29 years. He was a licensed contractor and in 2005 he started his own business, Gil's Fireplaces and operated it with his son Mario. Gilbert was a very caring and generous man. He was full of life and loved everyone. He always made you feel as though you were his favorite and was a wonderful "Papa" to his grandchildren. He enjoyed taking part in family gatherings, hosting Super Bowl parties for family and friends and watching his Dodgers play. Gilbert was deeply devoted to his family and to his Catholic faith. He had a large extended family and was a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews from the Torres and Contreras families. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, sons Gilbert Jr. (Lori)and Mario (Katie), daughters Arlene Ramirez (Len) and Yvonne Torres; grandchildren Anthony, Isaac (Danielle) and Amanda Munoz; John, Jacquelyn and Mary Nicole Ramirez, Michelle and Kevin Torres, great grandchildren Sophia, Brandon and Malia Munoz. He is preceded in death by his parents Carlos and Ascension Torres, brothers Florencio, Genaro, Mike, Joe and sister Carmen Madrigal. He is survived by his brother Louie, sisters Consuelo Hernandez, Anita Sanchez, Mary Ellen Rivera and Rachel Remacle. The family would like to extend their appreciation for the outstanding medical care he received from the staff at Sansum Clinic Oncology Department and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Donations may be made in memory of Gilbert to The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, 300 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 ( A rosary will be held at 7:30 pm Thursday, September 18th at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and a funeral mass will be conducted on Friday, September 19th at Our Lady of Sorrows at 10:00 am followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409

In Memoriam

o_Ortiz091514 Jose Antonio ‘Totoy’ Ortiz One year anniversary 3/19/92-9/16/13 •Your presence we miss, Your memories we treasure, Loving you always, Forgetting you never. Love Mom, Gabe, Mari and Izaiah. •Memorial Mass in his honor will take place Tuesday, September 16th at 8am at Holy Cross Church on the Mesa.