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o_Blasingame112615 BLASINGAME, Benjamin Paul 97, a longtime Santa Barbara resident, died peacefully on November 13, 2015 in Kalispell, Montana, where he had recently moved to be with his family. He was an active member of the Santa Barbara community both as Manager of Delco Electronics and as a volunteer in many charitable interests. He retired in 1979 from Delco but remained active as a board member of Cottage Hospital, a trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation, chair of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Alliance of Business, and several other organizations. Paul was born in State College, PA. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1940 with a degree in engineering and as a reserve officer in the US Army Signal Corps. During World War II, he served with an Air Force Fighter Group in Panama as a communications and radar officer. After the war, he remained in military service as an Air Force officer serving in a variety of engineering endeavors. In 1945 he worked in research at Wright Patterson labs and began a long association with Dr. Charles Stark Draper and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1947 the Air Force sponsored his enrollment at MIT in its Aeronautical Instrumentation Program. Under the guidance of Dr. Draper, he earned a Doctorate of Science in 1950 in Aeronautical Instrumentation, setting the stage for his career interest in inertial guidance systems for spacecraft and commercial/military aircraft. Upon completion of his doctorate, he served at the Pentagon on engineering and research teams including the team that pushed for the development of the turbofan jet engine, a significant improvement on the turbojet engine in use at the time. He was then transferred to Los Angeles as Chief Guidance Officer in the Air Force missile development program, later becoming the project officer for the Titan I missile. He then accepted the position as Chair of the Aeronautics Department at the newly founded Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. When AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors in Milwaukee, working with the Air Force and MIT, received the contract for the Apollo guidance system, Paul was recruited as director of engineering for the program. Paul resigned his Air Force commission as a Colonel for this opportunity but worked closely with the Air Force throughout his years with GM. He thus began his civilian career that led to his eventual move to Santa Barbara as Manager of Delco Electronics, by that time a separate GM division focused on aeronautical and defense work. In addition to the Apollo guidance system, the Delco group developed other booster-rocket guidance systems, gyro-stabilized firing systems for the Army, and inertial navigation systems for commercial airlines and military transports. His work in navigation and space was recognized through multiple awards and commendations. He was honored as a Space and Missile Pioneer, received the NASA Public Service Award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, a Presidential Commendation, membership in the Aviation Hall of Fame, and many other awards. Paul's enthusiasm for his life's work is reflected in his remarks at the 35th Anniversary of the Apollo Space Program: "It was one of those events that lifts the human spirit and makes life exciting and thrilling, quite apart from ordinary experience and most likely not to happen again in the foreseeable future ... with thanks for our good fortune in having such a personal close encounter with an extraterrestrial body." Paul married Ella Mae Perry in 1942. They are survived by their four children, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Mae died in 1991. He later married Margaret A. Timmons of Santa Barbara who died earlier this year. There will be a private, family service. Contributions in Paul's memory may be made to: - Santa Barbara Foundation - The Courthouse Docent Council with note that contribution is designated for "The Clock Gallery"
o_Castillo112715 CASTILLO, Manuela Manuela was born in 1939 in Mazatlan, Mexico. She is survived by her beloved husband, Jorge (Jaime) Castillo and their three children: Manuel Murillo (Carmela), Leticia Diosdado (Noe), Arturo Castillo (Patrice), and ten grandchildren: Christina Gutierrez (Hector), Jr. Diosdado (Monica), Veronica Diosdado, Manuel Murillo, Jr., Maricela Diosdado, Chelsi Castillo, Alyssa Murillo Cosio, Anaya, Michael & Chloe Castillo, and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Francisca Ortiz (Francisco), Eduardo Castro, Amador Castro (Barbara), Ramon Castro (Silvia), Refugio Castro, Rosa Regalado (Gilbert), Narciso Arelano, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. Manuela retired from Goleta Valley Hospital after 30 years of employment. Prior to that, she worked at La Paloma Cafe, Rose Cafe, and Nacho's Restaurant. She was the matriarch of the Castro Family; the life of the party. Manuela (Nela) loved to celebrate with the entire family. She was well known for starting the party by dancing with a drink on her head without spilling a drop! Manuela was very loving and deeply devoted to her Catholic faith. Visitation will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary, 15 E. Sola Street, Monday evening from 5pm to 7pm, Rosary will follow. Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 2nd at Holy Cross at 10:00am. The family is deeply grateful to Hospice for the excellent care provided to Manuela. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Lamborn2112415 o_Lamborn1112415 LAMBORN, William R. "Bill" 8/1/1920-11/16/2015 Bill Lamborn died at the age of 95. His mind was vital and curious until the end. He was full of faith and we are sure he is in Heaven getting many life-long questions answered. He was born the third of three sons to John and Fanny (Maxon) Lamborn of St. Joseph, Missouri. Bill was a man of many talents, starting tap dancing lessons at age five. He worked his way through junior college by teaching ballroom and tap in St. Joe. He also was talented enough to play semi-pro baseball in the Missouri league. When W.W.II broke out, he was pursuing a career in entertainment, tap dancing and playing the drums in bands in New York City. With the war, he decided to join the Army Air Corps as a cadet. Soon he was promoted to Flying Instructor. While stationed at Gardner Field, in Taft, CA, he met and married a beautiful Hollywood girl, the former Elizabeth Jane Baehr in 1943. In 1944, they welcomed their first child, a daughter, Dorothy Dana (Dee Dee) Lamborn. The following year, they were blessed with a son, Robert W. Lamborn. With the ending of the war, Bill was able to continue his dancing career under contract to Warner Brothers. He made many films dancing in the popular musicals of the time. Looking for a more stable source of income for his growing family, Bill entered the new insurance business, working in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1959, the family moved to Santa Barbara where Bill worked for many local agencies. He became President of the Santa Barbara Insurance Agents Association and was on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau. While his children grew, he coached Little League and taught Sunday School at the First United Methodist Church. He also taught insurance classes at Santa Barbara City College. He loved entertaining his family with many stories from his long and interesting life. Bill was preceded in death by his brothers Richard and Robert and by his wife of 61 years, Betty Jane. He is survived by: his son Robert (Carla) of Santa Barbara and daughter Dee Dee Osborne (Pete) of Carmel; six grandchildren of whom he was justly very proud: Ted Osborne (Kim) of Calistoga, Maureen Hara (Gene) of West Hills, Jennifer Haley (Bill) of Dana Point, Alison Brynildson (Matt) of Paso Robles, Ciera Adams (Mark) of Paso Robles, and Nick Osborne (Maryanne) of Laguna Niguel. He also leaves seven adored great grandchildren with an eighth on the way, Kili and Sofia Osborne, Spencer and Vivienne Hara, Elizabeth Adams, Mateo Brynildson, and Maya Osborne. The family will sadly sprinkle his and Betty Janes ashes at sea at a later date.
o_Ledbetter112915 LEDBETTER, Jeffrey Brian 5/19/1966 11/6/2015 Ventura, CA On the morning of Friday, November 6, Jeffrey Brian Ledbetter passed away at 7am. It was a peaceful passing. His mother and fianc were with him as he passed, from their loving arms into Gods. Jeffrey was born May 19, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California to his loving mother, Melanie J. Smith (Keaser) and William D. Ledbetter. Jeffrey had a very active and happy childhood with his mother, grandparents and other family members, who all loved him dearly. He loved the ocean and spent much of his time at the beach and enjoyed many boating and fishing trips. He was skilled at spear fishing at a young age, his love of the ocean stayed with him his whole life. He owned two boats, one of which he built, with the help of his friends. He also loved surfing, skiing and golf. Jeffrey was a hard worker, starting at a young age with a large paper route in the San Roque neighborhood of Sana Barbara. He held many jobs including Granite and Penhall. He also helped with construction on his mothers beautiful home in Northern California. Jeffrey was a very social and outgoing person who had countless friends that loved him. He was a kind and generous man who always helped others, in any way he could. Sometimes spending his last dollar to buy a meal for a homeless person he had never met before. He was preceded in death by his loving grandparents, Charles R. and Shirley J. Keaser of Ventura, William and Lena Ledbetter of Lompoc. He is survived by his mother, Melanie June (Elwood Smith) of Oakland, CA and his father, William D. (Cheri) Ledbetter; his uncles, Paul A. and Mark R. Keaser; aunt, Sandy Keaser, aunt Gail Oldenkamp; fianc , Samantha Peretiako and her 4 children; plus many cousins. Arrangements are under the direction of Charles Carroll Funeral Home, Ventura. Jeffery will be laid to rest at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, CA.
MATTOS, Christian Lee Christian Lee Mattos lost his battle with cancer, Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2015 at Serenity House. He was born Dec. 7th, 1954 in Santa Barbara to George A Mattos and Charlotte L. Graham. He attended San Marcos High School, where he loved Track and Field. He also loved to run cross country and ran in the annual "Steve Profontain" marathons in Eugence, OR. Chris was visited by all his closest friends and relatives while at Serenity House. The family wishes to thank Serenity House (the great staff and the volunteers), the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, and Dr. Fredrick Kase, of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. Chris is survived by his father, George A Mattos of Santa Barbara, mother, Charlotte L. Graham of Vancouver, WA; two sisters, Rebecca L. Bohnet (Lyle) of Troutdale, OR and Charlene M. Sain (Tim) of Redbluff, CA; and two cousins, Mark M. Mattos (Lee) of Flint, MI and Kelly Mattos of Santa Barbara and three nephews and one niece. Viewing will be Tuesday, Dec. 1st from 3 pm to 5 pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider downtown chapels. Burial will be Wednesday, Dec. 2nd at 10 am at Santa Barbara Cemetery. To leave condolences, please log on to "Rest in peace, my son. Your last race was courageous. Dad"
o_Nellis112415 NELLIS, Bryan C. 1946-2015 Bryan Nellis passed away on October 13, 2015, while under the wonderful care of the staff at Mission Terrace. He was 69. Bryan was born on March 18, 1946, in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Cliff D. and Olga (Swystun) Nellis. The family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia when Bryan was an infant. In Vancouver, his parents ran a hotel and coffee shop. The three moved to California where Bryan attended local schools in Ontario. He graduated in 1964 from Chaffey High School where he met the love of his life, Michel Cooper, in junior year English. He attended UCLA, marrying Michel during their junior year. Their two children were born in Los Angeles. He earned his MBA at CSU, Los Angeles while also working as a crime analyst for the Los Angeles Police Department in the Hollywood Division. In 1972, the young family moved to Santa Barbara. A year later, he was hired as controller for the Montecito-based architectural products firm, Forms and Surfaces, later becoming the CFO and briefly the CEO of the company. After 14 years, he left Forms and Surfaces, became an Enrolled Agent, and operated the successful tax practice, NELLIS Associates. He was a loving husband and a compassionate father who took his role as a parent to heart. He was the inaugural president of the newly formed El Camino PTA, served on an advisory committee for the Goleta School District, and participated with his children in both Indian Maidens and Indian Guides through the YMCA. When they reached driving age, he relished teaching them to drive a stick shift, and change a spark plug and a tire. He volunteered at the Goleta Valley Library listening to children describe the books they read as part of the summer literary program. He was an active member of his neighborhood's architectural review board. He was also very supportive of his wife's community and global volunteer commitments. Bryan was an amateur carpenter, creating incredible projects around the family home. He and Michel loved to entertain, with Bryan supplying the jokes and occasionally the music on his accordion. The couple traveled much of the world together, discovering canal and river boating in Europe and upstate New York he the captain, she the crew. Bryan is survived by his wife, and his children, Ann Opara of Oakland, and Doug (Susan) of Seattle, along with his mother, Olga, formerly of Carpinteria. He was predeceased by his father, Cliff, in 1989. A tribute to Bryan will be held Saturday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Glen Annie Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of the Goleta Library, the Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), or your favorite charity.
o_Vandever112915 VANDEVER, M.D., H. Wallace "Wally" Went peacefully to be with the Lord on November 19, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. He was a long time specialist in Pediatrics and adolescent medicine and infectious diseases. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 18, 1925. The son of the late Harl Fitzgerald Vandever, M.D. and Alma Marie Vandever. He attended Enid High School where he graduated with academic honors, served as the vice president of the student body and was a member of the OK state championship debate team. He received acceptance to Harvard University College of Arts and Sciences and later matriculated at Tulane University, receiving B.S. and M.D degrees. He was a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He interned at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He received appointment as Assistant Resident in Pediatrics at Harriet Lane Children's Hospital at Johns Hopkins University. He served as the medical officer for Naval Air Bases Japan, COM NAV FE Tokyo, Japan, after first completing a course at the Naval School of Aviation and Space Medicine, and the pre- flight and flight syllabuses at the instructor's basic Training Unit, NAS, Pensacola, Florida. He served several years in the naval reserve as a medical officer with duty involving flying and retired with the rank of Commander in the United States Naval reserve. He received a post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatrics and Adolescent medicine at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was member of the Olmstead County Medical Society, Minnesota State Medical Association and AMA secretary of the North West Pediatrics Society. Dr. Vandever was an active member of the Demolay and the Rochester Masonic Lodge Number 21 A.F. and A.M. at Rochester, Minnesota. He was a member of Rotary International and served as area governor for Southern Minnesota. He also served as area governor in southern Minnesota for Toast Masters International. He served as co-chairman of the Young Republican Organization for the state of Minnesota and served several years as chairman of the Tulane University Alumni Association of Louisiana for the state of Minnesota. He initially received a faculty appointment as instructor in pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and was an attending pediatrician at the children's hospital for many years. He was a consultant in pediatrics to the following Oklahoma City hospitals - Presbyterian, Baptist Memorial, Mercy, Deaconess, South Community and Saint Anthony, where he served as department chairman and a member of the executive committee from 1975 to 1986. During his professional career, he was privileged to serve on numerous boards and committees including president of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was a board member of Children's Medical Research, which is dedicated to endowing chairs in the Department of Pediatrics. His Fraternities included: Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity, Phi Rho Sigma and Alpha Omega Alpha Professional fraternities and the Society of Sigma Xi. Dr. Vandever had remained active in the Mayo alumni association, of which he was a lifetime member, as well as the Doctors Mayo Society. He was a lifetime member of the Navy League and The Santa Barbara Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars. He married Marilyn Cecilia Cowart in 1967 and the family moved in 2001 from Nichols Hills, a suburb of Oklahoma City, OK, to Montecito, CA, where they made their home. Dr. and Mrs. Vandever were corporate members of Birnam Wood Golf Club and had actively supported various musical and cultural organizations in Santa Barbara including the SB symphony, Community Arts Music Association and the Music Academy of the West. He had served on the board of trustees of the Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara. He enjoyed playing tennis most of his adult life and was a member of the Montecito Mafia Tennis group. He and his wife have been active members of EL Montecito Presbyterian Church where he had served as a Trustee. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Warren Vandever, two step sons, John William and Robert Carey Cowart, his son William Kelly Vandever, his daughter in law Melissa Vandever, two granddaughters Ava and Amelia Vandever and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Reverend Jay Shirley will be officiating. Memorials in lieu of flowers to Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School, 630 East Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.