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Raskin, Walter Harold  
Walter Harold (Walt) Raskin, 92, of Santa Barbara passed away on December 15, 2014, with family at his side. Born on April 11, 1922, he was the son of Abe and Leah Raskin of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Walt graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, Walt earned his Master's degree in Physics at the University of Minnesota and then worked for several federal agencies, including the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He married Pearl (Bonnie) Glikson in 1960. That same year, he was recruited to work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he helped manage and build a series of highly successful satellite instruments for the United States space program. He came to Santa Barbara with his family in 1977 to represent NASA at Hughes Aircraft's Santa Barbara Research Center. Walt retired from NASA in 1981 and subsequently went to SBRC, where he continued his work with satellites. Walt loved sailing, camping and travel, going to such diverse places as Europe, South America, the Galapagos Islands, and the South Pacific. He reveled in Santa Barbara's blue skies and glorious sunsets. He enjoyed opera and was an avid bridge player. Walt also loved math and word puzzles, and was known among his family and friends for his dry humor and wit. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonnie Raskin, son Lee Robert Raskin, and a niece and two nephews. Walt was a thoughtful, gentle man who was devoted to his family, and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life is planned for April 11, 2015, his 93rd birthday.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2015
Reeves, Douglas W.  
REEVES, Douglas W. 4/12/45 - 2/17/2015 Doug was born to Carl and Ruth Reeves in Los Angeles, California on April 12 1945. After high school and junior college, he served with the Army in Germany. He took his leave overseas and travelled throughout Europe. Marveling at the historical architecture in Europe, he returned to California and pursued his dream of becoming an architect graduating from Cal Poly SLO School of Architecture. On a ski trip to June Mountain, Doug met the love of his life, Carla Klein Reeves. They married right after Doug's graduation from Cal Poly. Doug and Carla spent many years skiing and traveling. Doug had his own architectural practice and although he designed many beautiful homes in Santa Barbara, his specialty was designing unique restaurants and redoing the downtown State Street corridor. There are few buildings down town that don't have Doug's signature on them. Doug designed and built a beautiful home for his family which was always filled with kids, family and friends. It was a place for celebrating. Doug coached Little League all the years that son Jon played. His team won the District 63 Senior League Championship in 1997. Doug redesigned the City College's Pershing Park Baseball field and Dugouts, the Little League Field and the Santa Barbara High School Baseball field. When son Jon went off to College, he joined the Forester Board of Directors. His buddy Mike Pearl and he spent many summers organizing the hot dogs and hamburgers sold at home games. The Reeves hosted numerous collegiate baseball players from around the country in their home during the summer season. Doug became known as "summer" dad to these boys. As a gifted athlete Doug played baseball and football in high school. He was a scratch golfer, an amazing skier and a serious fisherman. He had numerous baseball, golf and fishing buddies; but he especially loved the Montana wilderness where he and son Jon spent many a summer fishing. Doug never met a stranger. He had a playful sense of humor, an optimistic outlook in life, kind word for everyone and was always willing to step up wherever and whenever his help was needed. Doug fought his illness for 2.5 years like a soldier. Through his surgeries and treatment ups and downs he kept going with a joke and a smile. He was an inspiration to everyone he knew. Dr. Melony Parent held his hand throughout his last year-and-a-half of struggle. She was his physician and friend. They had an ongoing repertoire of texting each other as Doug was also her Architect. Dr. Lindsey Blount and Dr. Alan Rosenblum managed his cancer treatments with amazing care; the family thanks them and their wonderful staff for their kindness. Dr. Kathy Gruver massaged his pain away. Doug is survived by Carla, his loving wife of 40 years, their son Jon, sister Sharon Montagne (Pat) and numerous nephews and nieces who all benefited from his mentoring and helpfulness. A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday March 7 at 11 am at Doug's favorite golf course, Santa Barbara Muni Golf Club (Mulligans) 3500 McCaw Ave. Please let us know you are coming: carlabreeves@gmail.com. If you wish to remember Doug, please make a donation to his favorite charity, the Foresters' Hugs for Cubs (a support program for childhood cancer survivors). www.sbforesters.org
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2015
Riedel, Lydia Boehmer (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Lydia Boehmer Riedel.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Mar. 2, 2015
Rivera Jr., Mike (In Memoriam)  
IN MEMORY MIKE RIVERA, JR. Memorial BBQ March 7, 2015 Manning Park area-9 11:00 449 San Ysidro Road.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Mar. 5 to Mar. 9, 2015
Rusin, Dorek (In Memoriam)  
In memory of Dorek Rusin.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Mar. 3, 2015
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