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o_Garcia120717 GARCIA, Sandra "Sandy" Kaye Sandra"Sandy" Kaye Garcia, 72, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away on Nov. 27, 2017 at Serenity House after a year-long battle with cancer. Born September 7, 1945 in New Orleans to Katherine and Joseph Garcia, Sandy lived for 30 years in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Tahoe before settled in Santa Barbara in 2005. Sandy served as a Certified Interpreter at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, where a tree will be dedicated in her honor. Sandy is survived by her mother Katherine Garcia, her sister Patricia Garcia, niece Catherine Mattesich Taylor and nephew Rylan Mattesich, all of Sacramento; sister Lori Garcia in the Seattle area; and her stepchildren Ann M. DeKruyff, of Natick, MA., Juan G. DeKruyff, Jr. of Austin, TX., and Susan E. (DeKruyff) Covarrubia of San Antonio, TX. She also leaves a trail of friends too numerous to mention, who are spread across the globe. A memorial service will take place at 2:00 on Jan 27that Chase Palm Park Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CASA at SBCasa.Org.
o_Kush120617 KUSH, Geraldine Geraldine "Geri" R Kush born on 9-22-1921 at the age of 96 years, passed away on November 13, 2017 after a long illness, and is now with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She leaves a sister and numerous nephews and nieces and will be surely missed. Services will be on December 13, 10:00am at Calvary Cemetery 199 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, California.
o_McDermott120617 MCDERMOTT, Thomas Joseph On November 30th, 2017 surrounded by his family, Thomas Joseph McDermott passed away due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. Tom was a son to Betty and Thomas McDermott and a brother to Larry, Jack and Mary. As a "GM Jr." Tom grew up in many places but considered Janesville, Wisconsin home. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Business degree and a fond memory of being on national television as a Santa Clara University yell leader at the Orange Bowl. Tom married his college sweetheart, Kathleen Ann Wilson on August 22, 1953. As a Naval Lieutenant Tom served aboard the USS Rochester and cruised the Pacific Ocean while based in San Diego. After his military service, he joined General Motors where he was an accounting supervisor. Tom moved his family to Goleta, "The Good Land" in 1969, and joined the ranks at Delco Electronics. After his retirement in 1991, Tom poured his time and passion into volunteering at Villa Majella and Cottage Hospital in both the NICU and ER. From rocking to sleep a preemie newborn, helping hospital staff, or eating in the hospital cafeteria, Tom found his niche. The Tri County Blood Bank, Terri Toon Foundation, Boy Scouts of America and the St. Mark's University Parish were communities of which he was not only an active member but a devoted volunteer. A prince among men . Tom will be dearly missed by his wife Kathleen, sons, Tom and Brian, daughters Molly and Maureen, daughters-in- law Margrethe and Lynne and sons-in-laws Ralph and Bob. His eleven grandchildren and great grandson were his #1 fans! A rosary (9:30am) and funeral Mass (10:00am) will be held at St. Marks University Parish on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. A private family burial will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Marks University Parish, Isla Vista.
o_McKnight120817 MCKNIGHT, Susan Susan (Sue) McKnight, age 72, of Santa Barbara passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 as the result of a tragic automobile accident. Born in San Diego on January 19, 1945, she was the eldest daughter of Harold E. Green and Doris C. Green formerly of42 Calle Capistrano, Santa Barbara, California, both of whom preceded her in death. Sue attended Peabody Elementary School, La Cumbre Junior High and San Marcos High School, graduating in 1962 with honors.Sue attended Santa Barbara City College for 2 years, transferred into UCSB as a junior and graduated in 1967 Suma Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor's Degree with a major in History and a minor in English.Her goal was to become a teacher and thus she spent the next year completing her student teaching to obtain her credential. Initially, she taught briefly in Compton, California and subsequently was hired at Santa Barbara Junior High School's Reading Center, where she taught for many years, giving the gift of literacy to hundreds of youth.This was something Sue was deeply passionate about and it gave her great joy to see them succeed.Sue was revered by her students, many of whom became personal friends later in life. When education funding was severely cut in the State at that time, Sue set her sights on a new career field, real estate, and received her license to practice in 1977. She excelled in all phases of real estate, including residential, commercial, business opportunities and property management.Throughout the course of her career,she worked for Sunset Reality, Fred Sands of Montecito, Coldwell Banker, Steve Schmidt and Bob Tafejian Real Estate, among others. Her most recent employment was privately contracted with foreign dignitaries as a property manager and personal advisor, where she remained for 12 years to the present.In all her endeavors, Sue maintained the highest standards of excellence, the most unwavering ethics, extraordinary loyalty, and unsurpassed integrity. Sue leaves behind her husband, John Hudson McKnight, to whom she was married for 50 years, having shared 57 years of life together, twin sisters, Lori Lee Green-Stade, her husband Kevin, their children Kadie and Nicholas Stade and Patti Sue Green, her son Shawn Incollingo and Patti's grandson, Ryder Hudson Incollingo and many extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be heldon Saturday, December 16, 2017at Rincon Beach Club,3805 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, California 93013from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Sue had a special place in her heart for animals, nature, particularly endangered species, and people in need of social justice and human rights in general.In lieu of flowers, it would be Sue's wish for people to donate to any of these worthy causes. Sue touched the lives of countless others.She was generous, kind and compassionate.She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
o_Newcomb111517 NEWCOMB, Robert Arnold February 22, 1917-October 3, 2017 Bob was born in Hawaii and the aloha spirit of the islands permeated his long life. He loved the sea and he offered a joyous yes to life. Reaching his 100th birthday on February 22nd of this year, Robert Arnold was the first born child of Harry B. Newcomb, a Honolulu life insurance agent, and Emily C. Newcomb, a former school teacher. Although his earliest and fondest childhood memories were of the family home in Manoa Valley, much of his youth was also spent in Carlsbad, California. There the family struggled financially through the early years of the depression before returning to Hawaii in 1933. After completing high school, Bob attended the University of Hawaii, studying chemistry, before winning an appointment to the US Naval Academy. Those four years in Annapolis brought him not only a deeply fulfilling career, but also friendships that lasted his whole life. He attended class of 1940 reunions into his 90s and served as class editor for Shipmate, the academy alumni periodical. Bob kept in close touch with classmates who survived the war years and never forgot the many who didn't. Of 456 graduates, 56 were lost in WWII and Korea, historically the greatest loss of any class in the service academies. Bob's naval career was exceptionally broad. Following graduation his first assignment was aboard the USS Northampton anchored in Pearl Harbor. Slated to go to gunnery school on the mainland, Bob left Honolulu, aboard the SS Lurline, just two days before the Japanese attack. During the war years he served on destroyers and later as Fire Control (Gunnery) Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Cabot. In November 1944 the Cabot came under attack by kamikaze aircraft and Bob's able leadership won him a commendation from Admiral Halsey that read, "By battery control and inspiring leadership he contributed substantially to the destruction of three enemy aircraft . Strafings, bomb explosions, and fire did not deter him in the cool, proficient performance of his duty." In 1945, near the end of the war, Bob was sent to Dallas, Texas, for flight training. That summer the US carried out the deadly bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and throughout his life Bob remained deeply troubled by the military's use of atomic bombs on a civilian population. Bob served the last months of the war at Pensacola, Florida, and in 1946received his wings as a carrier pilot. In the post-war years Bob commanded torpedo and dive bomber squadrons operating in the seas off China prior to the Communist takeover. During the Korean War he earned a second commendation ribbon as navigator of the aircraft carrier Essex. He received two teaching posts, one at Annapolis and another at Monterey Naval Postgraduate School. The final assignments of his naval career were in Naha, Okinawa, and Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as Operations Officer of the Naval Air Station. He retired in 1960 with the rank of Commander. Those years of active military duty were also the years Bob launched his family. In 1945 he married Barbara Peede and they soon welcomed son William (1946) and daughter Dorothy (1950). Bob pursued a second career in teaching. After receiving his MAin mathematics at Purdue University, he became a tenured math and physical science instructor at Whittier College. In Whittier he was active in civil rights issues, serving as chairman of the Fair Housing Committee, which sought to bring integration to the town. When Bob retired from college teaching, he and Barbara settled in Santa Barbara, but after several years their marriage ended. Once again Bob returned to life at sea, this time as a math teacher on naval ships under the aegis of Chapman College. During this period Bob became a Unitarian and married (1983) fellow church member Elizabeth Alexander. In 1999 Bob and Betty moved to Santa Barbara's Valle Verde Retirement Community, where they continued to travel the world and lead an active social life. Bob's enthusiasms flowed in so many directions. He sang and played the harmonica. He sailed and body surfed. He loved gardening and was particularly proud of his sweet peas. He participated faithfully in his local Rotary Club, tutored at SBCC, and was a student mentor for the Fighting Back Program. Passing away peacefully on October 3rd, Bob's loving and boundless spirit is deeply missed by family and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his younger brother, William Henry; Barbara, the mother of his children; his wife, Betty; and a stepson, Peter Alexander. He is survived by his children Dorothy Newcomb Deacon and William Harry Newcomb; daughter-in-law Carmela Alexander; granddaughters Emily Deacon and Warinthip Newcomb, step-grandsons Nathan Larson-Alexander and Gregory Alexander, and great-grandsons Ben Larson-Alexander and Roan Alexander. A memorial service was conducted earlier at Valle Verde. Interment will be at the Columbarium of the United States Naval Academy. Contributions in Bob's memory may be sent to the Braille Society of Santa Barbara or charity of your choice.
o_Sloan120517 SLOAN SR., William William "Bud" Sloan Sr., age 83, died peacefully in the early morning of December 2, 2017 in his home in Santa Barbara, California. Bill was born to William A. and Marie Sloan of Perry, Oklahoma on August 12, 1934. After graduating from Perry Memorial High School, he received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He was a "Cowboy" in many senses of the word. He was a firm believer that you must always "COWBOY UP". He worked for nearly 40 years at the Santa Barbara Research Center where he worked on several projects for the US Government and NASA. Bill will always be remembered as a loving, patient, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. When he wasn't taking care of and spoiling his grandchildren, Bill loved visiting his second home in Lake Tahoe, visiting our majestic National Parks, and was passionate about restoring his 1963 Chevy Sting Ray Split Window Coupe. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Charlaine "Lainie" (nee Underwood) and his sister, Respell Vada Johndrow. He is survived by his siblings Raymond Sloan, Joyce Sutherland Milliron and Leo Sloan; and his son William Sloan Jr. (wife Jamie), step-sons, Bundy Wayne (wife Jean) and Montie Wayne (wife Cathy), and step-daughter, Billie Jeanne Norville (nee Wayne) (husband Michael). Bill is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Welch-Ryce-Harder Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara, California. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations in Bill Sloan's name be made to the Autism Society of Santa Barbara, PO Box 30364, Santa Barbara, California 93130-0364. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Zukas120617 ZUKAS, Albert February 18, 1922 - November 30, 2017 Albert passed away peacefully on November 30, 2017 in Montecito, CA. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Harriet Zukas. Albert had two children with his first wife, son Ron Zukas of Oregon and daughter Cynthia Zukas, who predeceased her father. Albert was born in Cleveland, OH February 18, 1922 to parents who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania. He was in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII piloting military transport aircraft in the China Burma India Theatre. As such, he was a life member of the Hump Pilots Association, so named for flying dangerous routes over the Himalayas (the hump) to supply the Chinese during the war. He attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Pepperdine University in Malibu where he received an MBA. An engineer and inventor, Albert developed a valve actuating mechanism for aircraft in 1961 and was awarded a patent for it. An important executive at Parker Hannifin in Cleveland he was named president of the Los Angeles division in 1967 precipitating a move to California where he soon met and married Harriet. Albert finished his professional career at Thiem Industries continuing his love of all things aeronautical. Albert was an avid golfer maintaining longtime memberships in the Bel Air Country Club of Los Angeles and the Valley Club of Montecito. He was a member of the esteemed bacchanalian fraternity of Burgundy wine enthusiasts, Chevaliers du Tasterin. Albert lived a long and fruitful life and he will be deeply missed. His widow wants to thank his compassionate doctor and his loving caregivers and nurses at Casa Dorinda. She is also grateful for the care he received with Hospice of Santa Barbara.