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BOTT, Joel Adam Longtime resident of the South Coast and Illinois native Joel Bott passed away on April 21, 2018, at the age of 55 years surrounded by family and close friends including his partner of several years Justine Pannier, his mother Joanne, and best friend Yossi. Joel attended local schools in Des Plaines, IL and Elmhurst College, where he was a star tight end on the football team, winning All Conference honors in the mid 1980's. Joel was an awesome friend, always willing to lend a hand in times of need, for example many hours helping people dig out and get back on their feet after the fire and flood in Montecito last year. He was someone you could always count on, the kind of person who would "give his shirt off his back" when the need arose. Joel was an avid skater and hockey player. When he was very young, Joel's parents memorably created an ice rink in the backyard of the family home that they enjoyed every winter. It was here that Joel learned the sport of hockey, playing alongside brothers Jack, Jim Jr., and Jason, neighbors and friends. The Bott brothers spent many days outside in the woods near the family home and worked together with their father in the family's Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning business. When he moved to Santa Barbara, Joel quickly began playing roller hockey at local schoolyards and soon was playing ice hockey as well. He played hockey consistently for over 30 years at ice rinks in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, and eventually Oxnard and finally at Ice in Paradise in Goleta. It was not unusual for Joel to play in 2, 3, or even 4 hockey leagues simultaneously, participating in games several nights a week. He also coached hockey at the Montecito Y for over 7 years, introducing children and adults to the game, teaching fundamentals and skating. In the early 1990's, skated across the country to raise money and awareness about drunk driving in "Blade Across America". Skating took him to Hollywood, where he had a small part in the movie "Prayer of the Rollerboys". Joel invented and patented "Bott Mountain Wheels" downhill roller skates, which he regularly rode from the top of Gibraltar Road to the Santa Barbara Mission. Joel worked for a short time at Zelo nightclub in the late '80s, then began a 30 year career in the local Flower industry. He was associated with companies in Carpinteria including H&M Roses. For many years, Joel was a sales manager with The Sun Valley Group in Oxnard, one of America's largest growers, where he developed close friendships with many co-workers and customers. Living the beach front lifestyle, Joel spent countless hours aboard his boat and was known to rollerblade along Cabrillo Boulevard almost every day. Several years ago, he was reintroduced to Justine Pannier through their mutual love for skating. They developed a beautiful relationship, supporting one another in everything. Joel and Justine skated regularly in Christmas, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Solstice parades. Joel's life changed in an instant on his birthday in May 2018, and he faced his diagnosis with courage and strength. He was thankful for the awesome daily support received from his loving partner Justine, his mom Joanne, friends Yossi, Greg, Brad and Janette, who were at his side almost every day. Santa Barbara's hockey family was always close by during Joel's illness - teammates and opponents alike. Players regularly visited his home over the past year and spent many hours with him.The hockey community organized special tributes and fund raisers including a CAN/AM exhibition game at Ice in Paradise this spring. Two celebrations of Joel's life will be held. Saturday May 25 at 5 PM at Ice in Paradise which will include hockey and skating. Sunday May 26 at Ledbetter Beach, beginning with a paddle out at 10 AM, followed by a beach barbeque at 12 Noon, and a beach skate at 2:00 PM. Joel would want his friends and acquaintances to attend both of these events and have a lot of fun skating on the ice and pavement, enjoying a day at the beach, and in the water. As Joel would say, anything else is "unacceptable". In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Joel Bott can be made to Ice in Paradise, 805-879-1552,
o_Grattan051919 GRATTAN, Patricia Ann McGrath Patricia Ann McGrath Grattan died March 1, 2019, age 94, having lived a rich and full life. Pat was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from Butler College in 1945 and Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago in 1949. In 1948, she married one of her medical school classmates, Robert Grattan.She completed a pediatrics internship at St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, MN. They had five children together. After several cross-country moves, the family settled in Santa Barbara in January 1956. Pat continued to reside in Santa Barbara until 2014, when she relocated to San Luis Obispo, a community she grew to love as much as she did Santa Barbara. Patricia loved her family. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Pasmore, in 1996, and at age 72, selflessly raised Sheri's two young daughters. Pat is survived by her daughter, Maureen Grattan, of Santa Barbara; her son Mark Grattan and his wife, Liz Tam of Honolulu, HI; her son, Stephen Grattan and his wife, Kathy Grattan, of Loomis, CA; her daughter, Leslie Roberts and her husband Victor Roberts of Templeton, CA; grandchildren Cullen, Corinne, and Connor Dorais; Hilary Javier and husband Richard Javier; Chelsea Grattan; Ryan Grattan and wife Marisa Wong Grattan; Lauren Grattan and partner, David Lynn; Marisa, Kristen & Daniel Grattan; Kevin and Erin Roberts; as well as 7, soon to be 8 great-grandchildren. Services will be as follows: Santa Barbara Memorial Reception, Sunday, May 26, 2019, 3:30 p.m.Le Cafe Stella, 3302 McCaw Ave., Santa Barbara, CA; Mass of the Resurrection, Monday, May 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. atNativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, 221 Daly Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA. All friends are welcome. If you wish to remember her, please donate to the charity of your choice.
o_McFarlane051219.1 McFARLANE, Donald Charles September 19, 1931 April 30, 2019 Donald Charles McFarlane passed away on April 30, 2019 at the age of 87. He was a loving husband to Patricia for 68 years. He was a loving father to Jim (Alicia) McFarlane and Marcy (Alan) Schwitzgebel. Don will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kathryn (Eric) Nyquist, Patrick (Jacqui) McFarlane, Laura Rose Schwitzgebel and Christine Schwitzgebel, and great-grandson Benjamin Nyquist. Don is predeceased by his parents Charles and Mary McFarlane and sisters Dorothy Lucas and Yvonne Yale. Don attended St. Mary's College on a basketball scholarship, but enlisted in the Army to serve in the Korean War. Having attended Officer Candidate School, Don served as a Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain. After his military service, Don graduated from the University of San Francisco. Don began his successful career at Standard Oil of California. He joined Carlisle Printing Company of San Francisco, where he started as a salesman and became President. Don moved his family to Pacific Palisades, to begin his career in the entertainment industry. He joined Technicolor, serving as President. Don continued to work as a producer for Trident Productions and as a consultant for Warner Brothers Studios. Don ended his career as President of Vidfilm. Don was a wise advisor and mentor to family and friends. During his career, Don gave many people their "first start", and was able to watch many of them achieve great success in their own careers. Don and Patricia travelled all over the world, and finally settled in Montecito, California. They continued to travel, taking many cruises and trips to their beloved Carmel-by-the-Sea. Services will be private.
o_McKenzie051719 McKENZIE, Teri Lynn (Cook) June 11, 1964 - May 6, 2019 Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and daughter fought a courageous 4-year battle with ovarian cancer. Everyone who knew her can attest to how strong, determined, and brave she was not only in the last four years but in her entire life. Teri was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She had a self-proclaimed wonderful childhood full of adventures and misadventures. She attended San Marcos High School where she met and ultimately married George T. McKenzie and had four children. In 1997 she moved to Los Olivos where she made many friends through biking, hiking especially up Figueroa Mountain, sky-diving, traveling and enjoying her growing family. She loved her solo rides down the coast to Santa Barbara, hiking with friends around the valley, and above all she loved her family. She made friends wherever she went, including at her job. She worked for the Brothers Restaurant where she was liked and loved by many customers and co-workers. Teri is survived by her daughters, Jaslynn Abbott and Michelle McKenzie, and her son George W. McKenzie, her grandchildren Annabelle and Thomas Abbott, her sister Debbie Rodas, former husband George T. McKenzie and her parents William and Maylene Cook. She was preceded in death by her son Christopher and sister Wanda Cook Komura. Teri lived and loved to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
o_Pacelli051619 PACELLI, Josephine It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Josephine Pacelli, on Friday, April 19, at the age of 96.She is survived by sister Florence Nalezny (93), son James (Gloria) Pacelli, daughter Rosanne (Henry) Van Wingerden, five grandchildren and eleven beautiful great-grandchildren.Josephine was born in Chicago to Prospero and Rose Muliere on December 25, 1922, the third of seven children.With husband Vincent and their three children, they moved to Carpinteria in 1963.Josephine led a full and happy life there for many years.Her later years were spent at Valle Verde Senior Living Community in Santa Barbara. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Vincent and youngest son Robert, her parents and five siblings.She was "Josie, Mom, Gigi, little grandma" to those who knew and loved her.She will be missed by all of us. The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Byers for the loving care he gave to Josephine for so many years. Also we thank the staff at Valle Verde and the hospice team who made her final months comfortable and peaceful. A funeral mass celebration will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Montecito at 10 AM on May 20.Burial will follow at Carpinteria Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.
o_Shanelec051919 SHANELEC, Dr. Dennis A. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Dennis A. Shanelec. A Celebration of his Life and Surf Paddle Out is being planned and will be held this summer. An announcement will be made here, as well as, as soon as the plans have been finalized.