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Rangel, William Eugene  
Brightened our world from December 13, 1947 until September 11, 2016. He was born to Henry and Elvira Rangel, not far from the old lemon orchards in Goleta on upper Fairview where he grew up on a ranch with his family. He attended Goleta Union Elementary and La Colina JHS. Bill's lifelong love of music was first ignited when, with trumpet in hand, he played in the the SMHS marching band where he graduated in 1966. Bill worked hard, first as a paperboy, then at Federal Drugs, and later hired by Rocky- the-Painter Santorelli who not only taught Bill the painting trade but also gifted him with his first set of drums. Bill moved to Santa Cruz for many years, where he got his contractor's license and started his own painting business, his lifelong occupation. He returned to Santa Barbara with his wife Char in 1996 in order to be closer to his family and many friends. Throughout his life, Bill's passion was music. A self-taught drummer and singer, Bill's rhythm and in-the-pocket drum beat enlivened many a dance floor, especially with The Fog, an Oldies fixture in Santa Barbara for over a decade. Bill was a consummate entertainer with his humor and one-liners. Unfailingly cheerful, positive and fun loving, Bill enriched the lives of those around him through his music as well as his contagious zest for life. His legacy is the love and loyalty he inspired in so many people. Bill is survived by his wife, Char; son Bill Jr. (Brandy); daughter Tracey Cruz (Alex); brother Ric (Lupe); sister Carolyn; grandchildren Bella and Lucas Cruz; family and long-time friends. All are invited to join the family at Bill's favorite place for a potluck Celebration of Life on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Goleta Beach.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29, 2016
Revis, Norman Earl (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Norman Earl Revis.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Sept. 28, 2016
Richards, Evelyn Louise  
Went to join her loved ones in the heavens above on September 12, 2016, She is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Frances Valenzuela and 5 siblings. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth Pommier and her children Georgeanne Clasen, Wayne Carlson, Dwayne Carlson, Harold Carlson and lots of family. Evelyn (sister) was born on June 12, 1939. Her passion was Arts and Crafts and making cards. You left us with one trait and it's called Strength. You will be missed dearly. Services will be on Oct. 1, 2016 at Ledbetter Beach at 10:00 am following a BBQ to celebrate her life. For any donations visit GOFUNDME.com/AndyHorton
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2016
Rost, Bettie Jo  
Born June 7, 1936. Died September 28th, 2014. Oprah asked me what it felt like to be the product of a "mixed marriage". She should have asked me what it felt like to be the product of Bettie Jo. Even before we arrived at the television studio that day to interview with Ms. Winfrey, my mother was direct with me in that way that I knew meant business. I stood up straight as she brushed an invisible imperfection from my curated outfit and I listened intently to her every word. "When it's your turn to be on camera," she warned me, "ain't nobody trying to see you look cute. Speak when spoken to and tell the truth, do you understand me? People May Be Talkin' in Baltimore but it won't be 'bout a sassy-mouth child of mine who showed her behind. Are we clear?" "Yes." I replied, spending too long on the 's' which garnered her classic steely stare and downward turned mouth. "Yes, what?" She snapped at me, drawing her own 't' out for good pointed measure. "Yes, ma'am." I barked back with a mixed feeling of humility and pride. She then tenderly stroked my black hair on top of my head and smiled generously at me like she had won the lottery. To my mom, she had. Her white husband of over a decade had helped her produce three striking "good-haired" biracial children and presently, a meeting 30 miles away with her absolute favorite talk show host. She squeezed my left buttock then gave it a tap and laughed at something I couldn't see. "The Mazda is running, we're gonna be late." I wish I could go back in time and answer Oprah differently. I would have explained that it was less impactful on my life to be the product of mixed racial lineage than it will ever be as the surviving daughter of the multi- faceted dynamo called Bettie Jo. Womens Army Corp Soldier, Swimsuit Model, Wife, Mother, Cryptologist and Chef Her story has only just begun..
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2016
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