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o_Fishman021719 FISHMAN, David Jay 12/14/1946 7/3/2018 David Jay Fishman died peacefully at Serenity House on July 3, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Manzer, as well as his brothers, Alan and Fred Fishman, and their families. David was born in Elgin, Illinois, and moved with his family to Philadelphia while in high school. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he injured his spinal cord in a fall. Undeterred, he returned to Pomona and graduated with honors in 1968. He moved to Santa Barbara for graduate school at UCSB. He earned a M.A. in political science from UCSB and subsequently a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University. Before David began working in the UCSB Graduate Division in 1986, he had an accessibility consultant business and worked for various nonprofits in Santa Barbara. Graduate Division turned out to be the perfect fit. He loved working with students, staff and professors on graduate program issues, and he was appreciated in return, receiving a Staff Citation of Excellence and a Getman Service To Students Award. With great regret, he retired as Director of Graduate Academic Services in 2004 for medical reasons. Once retired, he began taking writing classes and wrote about his life experiences from childhood on. He had to give up golf but continued to swim regularly and exercise to maintain his strength. Unfortunately, the long-term effects of his spinal cord injury began to manifest, and for many years David valiantly lived with an expanding and complex set of medical conditions. He faced the challenges of each day with a positive attitude, enjoying the small pleasures of his increasingly restricted life. He never lost his gentle humanity and quirky sense of humor. Even beyond words, he greeted all who came to his bedside with his beautiful smile. "All right,' said the cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone." Alice in Wonderland
o_Hackethal021719 HACKETHAL, ORetha (Polly) Polly passed away peacefully in the company of her family at Serenity House on February 9, 2019 six weeks short of her 106th birthday. Christened O'Retha Madeline Parrott, Polly was one of seven children of William and Nellie Parrott. Born March 23, 1913, she enjoyed a loving and adventurous childhood on her family's farm near Sumner, Illinois. Following graduation from Sumner High School and Brown's College, she moved to Chicago in the depths of the Depression, securing a position with Lloyds of London. After an extensive background investigation, she was subsequently hired by the FBI where she met her future husband, Special Agent G. Desmond Hackethal (Hack). Polly and Hack married in Chicago on September 11, 1943. Several years later, Hack was transferred to Denver, where their three children were born and Polly served as Secretary of the Colorado State Senate. In 1963 the family moved to California when Hack joined the U.S. Dept. of Justice Organized Crime Strike Force. Polly and Hack loved to socialize and dance and she was devastated when he died suddenly in 1980. She remained in her Glendale home, working part time for several years as a legal secretary and then as an aide to a Member of Congress. She was an excellent cook, avid bridge player, accomplished organist and travelled extensively to most countries in the world following Hack's death. In 1994 at age 80, she moved to Santa Barbara, as she always wanted to live near the ocean. Settling at Bonnymede, Polly joined Newcomers, walked the beach daily, regularly exercised at the Montecito YMCA, volunteered at Cottage Hospital, joined the Santa Barbara Women's Club and Chapter RO of PEO. Polly drove without incident until she relinquished her license at age 100, retained her mental faculties and lived independently until five weeks before her death. She attributed her good health, longevity and mental acuity to having a cocktail every evening, enjoying a gin and tonic two days before she passed. Polly was intelligent, strong, independent, resourceful, politically astute, loyal in her friendships and willing to sacrifice anything for her family. She was also a life-long flirt. Polly outlived her siblings and is survived by daughter Lynn of St. Louis, MO, son Gregg and his wife, Penny Jenkins, of Santa Barbara and son Brian and his wife, Anne Cork, of Scottsdale, AZ. The family appreciates Fred Romero, whose company, kindness and thoughtfulness Polly enjoyed as he chauffeured her in recent years, is grateful for the outstanding medical care she received from Doctors Robert Byers, William Gallivan and Steven Zelko, and thankful for the gentle, loving attention she experienced from the staff of Serenity House. Polly's funeral will be at 10AM on Wednesday, February 20 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Arrangements by McDermott Crockett. Donations in Polly's memory may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.
o_Johnson021719 JOHNSON,John Eugene John Eugene Johnson, age 93, passed away on January 11, 2019 in Santa Barbara. John was born in Los Angeles to Cyrus and Beatrice (Venator) Johnson. A decorated officer in the US Air Force, he served tours of duty as a radar operator/navigator in both WWII and the Korean War. Amongst medals he received are the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After WWII, John finished his undergraduate education at UCLA, where he met his first wife, Barbara Hunter, whom he wed in 1948.After completing library school at USC, he was hired as a librarian at UCSB. John and Barbara had two sons, Mikael and David. John met his second wife, Carolyn (Nelson) Therianos at UCSB, and they wed in 1974. John and his two sons welcomed Carolyn's daughter, Christina, into the family, and soon thereafter Laurel and Steven wereborn. Throughout his life, John exuded joy when playing piano, guitar, or accordion, and that joy was especially infectious when he added his voice to the mix, as with his rollicking performances of the Marty Robbins classic, "El Paso."He contributed his booming baritone to various local groups throughout the years, including the Opera Workshop, Santa Barbara Choral Society, and the Hollybush Singers. Identifiable to many in the community by the white beard he sported, John enjoyed hiking and bicycling until he was well into his 80's, and continued his leisurely walks around the neighborhood in his later years. Johnfrequently stated that the best decision in his life was "retiring" at age 51 to become his family's chief cook and bottle washer as well as primary volunteer for his younger family's school and extracurricular activities. He loved his life, and he loved Santa Barbara--the place where he sang, hiked, biked, sat and watched the trees grow. John is survived by his wife, Carolyn; sons Mikael (Cheryl) and Steven (Sarah), stepdaughter Christina (Scott) Bowman, daughter Laurel (Seth Baker), grandson Matthew Bowman, sister Lois Roberts, nephew Russell Crawford, nieces Anne Crawford and Susan Weinman.John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Cyrus, and son David. A celebration of John's life will be held in early Spring. Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
o_Taylor021719 TAYLOR, William R. William (Bill) Taylor passed away peacefully on February 6th, 2019 at his home in Goleta, California at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Martha (Marty) Taylor. They were dedicated parents to their three children, son Bill Taylor of Sycamore, Florida, daughter Diane Burt of Daleville, Mississippi and son David Taylor of Tallahassee, Florida. Bill was born in Flint, Michigan to Herbert and Gladys Taylor on November 28, 1925. Bill served in WWII as a radio operator in the US Air Force and was later called back to service during the Korean Conflict. After his military service he worked for Delco Electronics as an aerospace project engineer whose primary focus was missile guidance systems. His professional career landed him in several locations including China Lake, Sacramento, Santa Maria, Denver and the Merritt Island/Cape Canaveral area before finally settling in Goleta in 1973. He was a longtime member and Past Master of the Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge and was a member also of the Lodge in Carpentaria. Bill was an active member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners in Santa Barbara and was also a member of the Elks Organization for 44 years. He actively participated in many other community and civic charitable causes. He is survived by his son, Bill Taylor (and wife Jody), daughter Diane Burt (and husband Bob), son David Taylor, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and his many caring nieces and nephews. Over the course of his lifetime he made many close and dear friends, all of whom enriched his life and shared many happy memories. The family would like to thank the incredible people who were part of Bill's life for so many years. Words cannot adequately convey their heartfelt gratitude. Memorial Services are to be held at the Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge on Saturday, March 30th at 1:00 p.m. In memoriam donations may be made to California Scottish Rite Foundation, for the benefit of Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center. Donations can be sent to Santa Barbara Scottish Rite, 16 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
o_Wilson021519 WILSON, Gay Ashforth Gay Ashforth Wilson, 78, passed away in her sleep on January 18, 2019 at the long-time family home in Montecito she shared with her husband John Kerr Wilson. Anne Gay Ashforth, the third daughter of Albert B. Ashforth, Jr. and Mabel Rathbun, was born in New York City on April 17, 1940. Walter Winchell, well known newspaper and radio commentator announced her birth. So, all of New York City and environs were alerted to her arrival. Gay's early years were spent on the family farm, Butternut Farm in Millbrook, New York, a well-known fox hunting community. Gay had two older sisters, Mab and Diana. During WWII her father, a naval officer, was assigned to the Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island. There, Gay and her older sister Diana attended St. Michael's School. Since there was gas rationing for the duration, Gay's mother purchased a reliable pinto gelding named Tony. Those years he was driven many miles, to the grocery store, parties and the lovely Newport beaches. At the beach he would be unharnessed and Gay, to her delight would ride him into the ocean. When her parents were divorced, Gay and her sister Diana moved to Harvest Hill in Goleta to join their mother who had remarried David Wells. In the preceding years they welcomed the birth of their brother Rory Wells. The children attended Laguna Blanca school. Gay and her sister Diana spent many happy hours riding horses in the foothills above their ranch; and swimming at the beach in Goleta. Upon graduating from Laguna Blanca Gay traveled to Florence, Italy for a year where she studied art at Villa Mercedes. On return to the US she located in Boulder, CO. In 1960 she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega while attending the University of Colorado. While in Colorado she married and gave birth to Kyle and Erica. In 1966 her marriage having ended, she and the children moved to Santa Barbara to be with family. There she met and married John (Jack) Kerr Wilson. Gay was very involved in local events and organizations. She was especially proud of her participation and contributions as a member of the Board and past president of the Lobero Theater, a great love of hers. Gay was also involved with the Junior League. Active in community affairs she became the campaign manager for several local politicians. Gay was a familiar face in the community she loved and among those who made our community thrive. Gay was preceded in death by her mother Mabel Wells, her father Albert Ashforth, Jr., Step-father David Wells, sister Mab Goldman and son Kyle Somes. She is survived by her sister Diana Ashforth Chase (Alston), brother Rory Wells (Karen), husband Jack Wilson, daughter Erica Ashforth, sons Andrew Wilson, Matthew Wilson (Tracy), grandchildren Alec Papazian (Brooks), Ben Phillips (Jenna), Melissa Rabinoff, Tyler Wilson, Megan Wilson, Dylan Wilson, Luke Wilson, Alyssa Wilson, Max Somes and yet to be born Great Granddaughter Johanna Phillips. Services will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2:30 at Mt. Carmel Church, Montecito. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

In Memoriam

o_Geyer021720 JOHN GEYER May 25, 1969- Feb. 17, 2010 A Man of God Called up in Love, Praise and Strength John 3:17 We love you and miss you everyday Always Remembered Forever Loved