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Williams, David Stephen "Woof-Woof"  
Passed away at Cottage Hospital on Saturday, February 14, 2015, due to a brain hemorrhage and complications following a seizure on the street. David was born in North Carolina, orphaned at an early age and made his way to California as a young man. Before his disability from a head injury, David was a carpenter and mechanic and worked for TraCor Aviation at Santa Barbara Airport. David had dignity; he was kind and generous and helped others in more dire circumstances than his own. Joanie, a friend for more than 35 years, will always love and miss you, Woof-Woof. During the last three years of his life, David was touched by the love of God in his spiritual home with the congregation of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. He was a faithful parishioner who regularly attended services. Friends of David are invited to a memorial service for him at All Saints, 83 Eucalyptus Lane, Montecito at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Feb. 28 to Mar. 4, 2015
Woods, Gary Lee  
61, passed away February 18th, 2015 from a heart attack at his home in the Santa Ynez Valley. Gary was born in Santa Barbara, California on July 20th 1953 to parents Joe and Esther Woods. He attended McKinley and Hollister elementary schools, La Colina Junior High, and San Marcos High School, from which he graduated in 1971. In high school he met his future wife of 25 years, Susan Gordon, and was a standout basketball and baseball player for coaches Maury Halleck and Joe Mueller. Upon graduation from San Marcos, Gary attended Santa Barbara City College to play baseball for coach Rusty Fairly. In 1973 Gary signed with the Oakland Athletics as a free agent and started his professional career in Lewiston, Idaho playing for manager Rene Lacheman. He made his major league debut with the A's on September 14, 1976 in a game against the Minnesota Twins and got his first big league hit off of Dave Goltz. He was then selected by Toronto in the 1977 expansion draft and went on to spend 14 years playing professional baseball with the Oakland A's, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and Chicago Cubs. In Chicago, he was a member of the 1984 National League East Champions. Upon his retirement from baseball, Gary earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and spent 15 years as an executive with GTE Mobilnet and Maps.com before returning to work in baseball in 2006. In the last decade he combined his scouting responsibilities for the Chicago White Sox with being a member of the coaching staff for the five-time National Champion Santa Barbara Foresters, which allowed him to pursue his passion for developing young people on and off the field. His passions outside of baseball included surfing at Hollister Ranch, hunting, and fly-fishing in the High Sierra. He is in the San Marcos High School Hall of Fame, and was also inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable Hall of Fame in 1994. His beloved mother Esther, a younger brother Clancy, his former wife Susan, their three children, Ryan, Randy, and Katy, and three grandchildren survive Gary. There will be a public memorial service on Saturday, February 28th at 1:30PM at Pershing Park, home of the SBCC Vaqueros, which is located at 100 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. In lieu of flowers, a Gary Woods Memorial Fund has been established at Montecito Bank and Trust.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2015

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Watson, Sherryden Greene  
79, of Palm Desert, and a long-time resident of Montecito, passed away January 18th, 2015 in Palm Desert. She was born February 5, 1935 in Wichita Falls, Texas to the late Louis Basham and Florence Etna Eggleston Greene. As a youth she was an accomplished artist, both as a classical pianist and as a state award winning watercolorist while completing her studies and graduating from Rogers Arkansas High in 3 years. She was a Physical Education major at the University of Arkansas where she became a member of Pi Beta Phi women?s sorority. She taught Elementary PE in Bel Air, Maryland. She later studied Interior Design at UCLA and established her own Interior Design firm where she became recognized by the Los Angeles area Interior Design organization as an expert in the use of color. Although she was an accomplished horsewoman, her love for animals extended beyond her pets and horses to include all things wild. She enjoyed reading and her "Book Club" comprised of close lady friends and was an adventuresome traveler, both domestically and internationally. She had a great sense of humor and easily made friends wherever she was. She was a life-long Presbyterian. For more than 60 years she was the beautiful, vibrant, loving wife of Scott Watson who survives as does their son, Brian Watson of Los Angeles. Memorials are suggested to CurePSP Foundation, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 www.CurePSP.org or Pi Beta Phi Foundation, PO Box 801867, Kansas City, MO 64180-1867 www.pibetaphifoundation.org . A Graveside Funeral service will be at 1:00pm, Friday, February 20th in Rogers Cemetery in Rogers, Arkansas with interment to follow. Online condolences may be expressed at www.RollinsFuneral.com .
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Feb. 18 to Feb. 22, 2015
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