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85, died on October 7th, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA. He will be remembered as a kind, fun and generous man that deeply loved his wife and family. Memorial Services will be held at the Samarkand Chapel in Santa Barbara on Saturday October 25th at 2:30pm. A reception will follow immediately afterwards. Roger was born in Boston Massachusetts the son of Donald Phipps Sands and Lucile Nash Sands on June 5th, 1929. He graduated from Bordentown Military Institute ('47) and Babson College ('51) with a degree in Business. Roger and Marcia married in the summer of '49. Soon after graduating from Babson, he responded to the call 'Go West Young Man'. His first career stop was Cleveland, Ohio and the birthplace of his son Donald Phipps Sands the III. Shortly thereafter they headed to San Francisco where their daughter Marie Elizabeth was born. In 1955 they purchase their first home in Silicon Valley where Roger built a successful career at Ampex and Lockheed. In the early 70s Roger became restless as the entrepreneur within bloomed. He started a retail cycling business that pioneered the introduction of high-end touring and racing bicycles to the west coast. For the next 20 years Roger and Marcia worked side by side at The Bicycle Center in Santa Cruz. Roger's cycling passion and confidence started at age 12 when he and a neighbor friend had an impactful 10-day bicycling adventure, which started in Boston and wove its way through New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. His love for exercise and the outdoors continued as an adult through his active involvement in the Sierra Club and numerous cycling tours with Marcia throughout US and Europe. In 1990 they retired to Carmel for 10 years where he became an active tennis player. 2000 was the year of 'serious grand parenting'. The Sands moved to Cupertino to be close to Ryan and Samantha the children of their son Donald, and Sheena and Amber the daughters of Marie Elizabeth. Roger was also a generous mentor. He helped Dean (his son-in-law to-be) start a retail cycling store in Los Altos and his son Donald land his first job in cycling that quickly transitioned into a successful sales career at a cycling distributor. In 2001 the Sands moved to Santa Barbara taking residence at the Samarkand Retirement Community. Roger remained active in retirement by helping Samarkand residents sell/retire their automobiles, 73 altogether. Roger is survived by his wife of 65 years Marcia, his brother Richard, his son Donald Sands and wife AmyJo, his daughter Marie Elizabeth and husband Dean Hovey, grandchildren Ryan and Samantha Sands, Sheena Mawson and Amber Heffernan, and great grandchildren Serevina and Samuel Mawson. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara, 1528 Chapala St. #204 Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
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June 19, 1927 - October 13, 2014 Dr. Warren Newswanger passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara of natural causes on October 13th at the age of 87. He will be remembered by many as a wonderful doctor who dedicated his life to his patients. Warren was born on Father's Day, June 19, 1927 in Los Angeles. He was a charismatic child who had fun, but also demonstrated a sense of responsibility that propelled him in life. He become an Eagle Scout when he was just 13. While attending Marshall High School he worked in his father's machine shop to earn money to buy a car, but said he was "scandalized" when gas prices increased to 10 cents/gallon! He put his skills to good use as a Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war he attended Occidental College and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jean Van Degrift. Together they had one son. He attended medical school at UC San Francisco, did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor General Hospital, and specialty training in gynecologic cancer surgery at the City of Hope in Los Angeles. He opened his first medical practice in Santa Maria in 1960 where he practiced for 14 years. He married Kathleen Monahan in 1970. Warren joined the medical staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1973. In addition to his private practice, he also provided care at the Santa Barbara County Clinic. In 1991, Cottage Hospital presented him with the Distinguished Physician Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the people of Santa Barbara in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was delivering an average of 50 babies per month. His record was 102 babies in one month. He delivered 20,000 babies during his 50 year career, and sometimes delivered three generations of children in a family! Warren was a Diplomat of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Santa Barbara Medical Society for 50 years, and served two terms as President of the Tri-Counties Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. Warren retired in 2007. Many patients, nurses, and doctors remember him as a respectful, gentle and skilled physician who was dedicated to the care of his patients. His colleagues described him as an outstanding, well-respected physician who was always ready to help. Nurses called him "the John Wayne of obstetrics." Warren was raised in the Presbyterian faith and served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Maria. He later joined the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic minister at San Roque Parish in Santa Barbara. Fishing was his favorite sport and his favorite way to bond with his son. He owned several boats over the years that he used for fishing and joy riding with his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading history.He married Clare Montana in 1986. They enjoyed traveling, working together, fishing, and being a part of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Warren is survived by his wife Clare Montana, his son David Newswanger, daughter-in-law Susanne Lennon Newswanger, and 3 grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, and Carolyn. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday October 28th at 10 AM at San Roque Catholic Church, 3200 Calle Cedro, Santa Barbara, CA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Visiting Nurse and Hospice care, 512 E. Gutierrez St., Ste. A, SB 93103
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Died on October 18, 2014, at the age of 97. Born January 6, 1917, in Jersey City NJ to Elizabeth and Daniel Coonan, Sr., Dan was raised in Warwick RI, a suburb of Providence. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. While attending college he and his brother, Bud, earned their civilian pilot's licenses. Upon graduation his brother joined the Navy and Dan joined the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force). His cadet training began in June 1941 at Chanute AFB IL as an engineering student, followed by AT-6 maintenance training in Jan 42 at Stockton CA. He finally entered primary flight training in the PT-22 in Nov 42 in King City CA, followed by basic flight training in the BT-13 in Jan 43. He won his pilot wings after AT-6 advanced flight training back at Stockton CA in May 43. Before heading off to war he convinced his sweetheart, Helen Connor of Auburn MA to marry him.After a Sep 43 wedding they headed west. Their first few homes as a married couple consisted of single rooms in farm houses in Roswell NM and Ardmore OK while Dan learned to fly the B-17 bombers that were to be used in the war effort. Over 5000 of these bomber crews did not make it back. Dan and his crew ferried their airplane from Ardmore OK to Parham UK arriving in Mar 44. They flew 31 successful missions over Germany, France, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia in their B-17 (Dan named her "Ain't Misbehavin"), for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in aerial combat. Anyone who has talked with Dan has quickly realized that participating in that great effort was the capstone of his life. After his combat tour he transitioned to the C-47 transport and flew support missions in the theater for the remainder of his tour in Europe. He returned to the States in Dec 44 and was assigned as a B-24 test pilot at the production factory in Willow Run MI. In 1948 Dan returned by ship to Germany with Helen and two children to fly C-54 transports in the Berlin Airlift. The airlifters provided food and supplies to Soviet-blocked West Berliners in a non-stop West Berliners in a non-stop operation that had planes landing at Templehof airfield every 48 seconds over a period of a year. Returning finally to the States in Oct 51 with three children in tow, Dan was stationed at Hanscom AFB MA, near his homes in Billerica and Bedford MA.Here he kept his currency by flying the C-45 while assigned to an aircraft maintenance job. In Oct 56 it was time to go back to the cockpit. He transferred with four children now to Ellsworth AFB SD where he flew the B-36 and B-52 aircraft. After adding a fifth child to the family, he moved to Fairchild AFB WA in Aug 64 as the Base Commander, followed by an assignment as the 15th Air Force Civil Engineer at March AFB CA in 1965. It was from here that he was called again to war in Vietnam as the Commander of the 555 Civil Engineering Squadron (Red Horse) at Cam Ranh Bay. His final assignment of his distinguished 30-year career was at Vandenberg AFB CA as the Base Civil Engineer. Dan Coonan was decorated with the Legion of Merit and retired as a full Colonel in Mar 71. After his retirement from the Air Force, Dan and Helen took a round-the-world, first-class trip for two, compliments of their children. They settled in Lompoc CA in a home they loved for many years. During that time he worked for Martin Marietta Corporation and performed engineering work in residential development in Vandenberg Village. They had many wonderful experiences and adventures throughout their 55 year marriage. All told they moved over 12 times while raising their five children. In retirement Dan's lifelong passion for travel took him to countless countries, including Russia for a cruise down the Volga River, China for a second river cruise down the Yangtze, and to several countries in a multi-national tour of South America. In his later years Dan left Lompoc and moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to family. He will be remembered as a courageous warrior who always had your back. Dan was one of the few remaining patriots who laid his life on the line repeatedly for his country. Our family will always be very proud of him. In return he was very proud of all of his children and always took an interest in their lives. Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his daughter, Betsy, and his son, Kevin, who died at birth. He is survived by his sons, Daniel (Frances) Coonan of San Antonio TX, Stephen Coonan of Las Vegas NV, son Tim (Michelle) Coonan of Escondido CA, and his daughter Patty (Jon) Colman of Santa Barbara CA. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family would love to thank all his friends at Maravilla for their comradeship, in particular Paula Long for her humor, love and support of Dan these last 5 years. In addition, we would also like to express our gratitude to all of the employees of Maravilla, the caregivers and nurses of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, for all of their support. Finally, the sons of the family would like to express publicly the admiration and gratitude we hold for our sister, Patty, and her husband, Jon, who gave selflessly of their time to care for Dad in his final years. It was truly a labor of love which we could never repay. A celebration of Dan's life will take place at Glen Annie Golf Course on November 6th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers Dan would have loved donations be made to the 390th Bomb Group Foundation in Tucson or Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Santa Barbara. Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
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Mary Helen Rowe Post died in her sleep on October 16, 2014, at her home in Santa Barbara, with her family close by. Mary Helen was born May 14, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Everett Rowe and Evelyn Weber Rowe. The family moved to California in 1921, eventually settling in Carpinteria where Mary Helen and her two brothers, Everett Jr. (Bill) and John, attended elementary school. As a young teen, she worked in the local lemon packing houses and played piano in local churches to help her family, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1937 at age 16. Awarded a full scholarship to Occidental College by Emma Woods, Mary Helen graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1941, teaching in Arcadia and then at Wilson school in Santa Barbara. She married Edwin Rudd Post in 1948 and moved to Lancaster, where the Post family was involved in farming alfalfa. Rudd and Mary Helen were together 58 years until Rudd's death. In 1956, the couple and their three daughters moved to Santa Barbara. During the 1960s and 70s, Mary Helen taught at Roosevelt, Wilson, and Lincoln schools, working both as a classroom teacher and a teacher/parent mentor in Head Start programs. She was a long-time member of the Santa Barbara Shakespeare Club and a founding member of Christ the King Episcopal Church, where she served as organist and on the vestry. A life-long Christian, musician, reader and lover of the outdoors, she enriched the lives of all who knew her with her quiet spirituality and her love of music, literature, and nature. She is survived by her daughters and their families: Sarah and Geoffrey Sarkissian (Modjeska Canyon) and their daughter Julie Post Fitzpatrick (son in law James), and son David Sarkissian; Janet and Cliff Van Renterghem and their daughters Eliana and Elizabeth (Santa Barbara); Alice and Todd Amspoker and their children Stephen, Rachel, and Meredith (Santa Barbara); and by many precious nieces and nephews and their children. Mary Helen was excited by the recent arrival of her first great-grandchild, William Rudd Fitzpatrick, born to Julie and James Fitzpatrick (Brooklyn, New York). A memorial service will be held at Christ the King, 5073 Hollister Avenue, on Sunday, October 26 at 1:30 pm. Private burial will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be made to Christ the King Episcopal Church or the Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Fund.
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Died October 9, 2014 in Taos, New Mexico as he was returning from an extraordinary vacation. He is loved by his family and friends who will miss his humor and wit. Al was born in Liberal, Kansas on April 13, 1936 to Gertrude and Forest Morgan. As a young boy, he loved riding his horse across the plains near the Cimarron River with his dog close beside. He was a graduate of Kansas University. He volunteered draft and after basic training plus specialized training in El Paso, Texas, was assigned to a Nike Hercules Missile Site near Fairbanks, Alaska. Upon his return to Kansas, Al and Peggy Riley were married at the Danforth Chapel on the KU Campus. He and his wife settled in Downey, California after their three month camping honeymoon across the west. They then attended the University of Southern California where he received his MBA. Al participated in several community activities. As a member of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church for over 40 years, Mr. Morgan was a member of the vestry, the Welcome Committee, Men's Bible Study, and was Junior Warden. During this same period of time he was also member of the Lobero Theatre Board. He loved to dance. Al enjoyed membership in the Los Fiesteros Dance Club, and since he equally enjoyed riding, was a member of the Los Rancheros Pobres. Beyond home, Al made sure his children and grandchildren enjoyed swimming, beach combing, skiing, fishing, boating, and miles/hours/months of camping in a tent or a motorhome from California through Canada, the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and home. Alfred's business career began with Fruehauf Trailer Company in Vernon, California. He then joined Security Pacific National Bank, where he first conducted research for placement of new branches, and later had marketing responsibility. He next worked with Doyle Dane Bernbach Advertising before joining a consulting and training organization. Following several years with Harbridge House Consultants, he and several other professionals formed a conglomerate association. As president of Morgan Business Associates (MBA) for over 40 years, Al advised, worked with, and challenged: owners, managers, salespeople, customer contact employees, and persons from all levels of the business enterprise on how to perform their jobs with more satisfaction and reward for themselves as well as their companies. Al's participative, action-oriented workshops, which included projects, laboratories, and detailed plans, gained him a reputation of being one who "brought the workplace into the classroom." Over the years, MBA migrated through a variety of industries to include: government, utilities, insurance, banking, on/offhighway, small-medium-and heavy equipment manufacturers and their distributors. Boppers, Bop Bop, Granddad, Grandfather, Godfather all work. Al's grandchildren love him as he loved them; and they appreciate the time he spent with them. He listened, talked, shared ideas, smiled, wrestled, and knew/loved each of them dearly. Alfred is survived by his beloved wife Peggy A. Morgan; daughter Trudie M. Safreno (Ty); sons Vance R. Morgan, Allen F. Morgan, and Bradley A. Morgan (Michelle); grandchildren Niell, Wade, Taylor, Caelen, Braeden, (Sherilyn), Callahan, Tristan, (Carol), Angelica and Keana, (Melissa), Ginger Miller, Kay Benjamin (Richard) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. His youngest son, Kelly J. Morgan preceded Alfred in death in 1999. The family would like to extend their appreciation for the outstanding medical care he received from the Veteran's Administration Clinics in West Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Services will be held at All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, Saturday, October 25 at 10:00am. Memorial donations may be made to All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara.
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Fond Remembrances 1951 - 2014 After 63 years of a wonderful life-journey in this world Richard passed on to eternal life on October 14, 2014. Richard Teraoka also known to family as "Ricky" made his transition to be with his Creator in his home surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to loving parents, Wes and Kay, he was a third generation Japanese American. Richard enjoyed his life spent with family, friends, and loved ones, especially with two grandchildren who he adored. The splendor and beauty of Santa Barbara was home to Richard for the past 35 years. Richard lived a simple life filled with passion and guided with compassion. After attending UCLA and achieving a Master's degree in Social Work, Richard would embrace many of life's promises, hopes and his dreams which were reflected in what he did and loved. Richard was an avid reader of novels who enjoyed nature walks, the beach, the Arts, and his liking of pet dogs and exotic birds. With a life partner Nick of 28 years, they were entrepreneurs of several local businesses in Santa Barbara. His 19 year professional career and achievements at the University of California, Santa Barbara culminated with being a Director of the Educational Opportunity Program. In 2012, Richard received the Margret T. Getman Award. He was extremely proud of this award, as an affirmation of outstanding service to students, staff and faculty. With a deep sense of equity and parity for social justice, Richard volunteered over the years at several non-profits in the Santa Barbara community and was involved with committees on the campus of UCSB. His spiritual journey included being an active member of a church community. With much admiration, the utmost respect and with unconditional love, Richard honored and felt privileged with those who shared his life with him to make a difference in his life and times and, the greater community of Santa Barbara. In every moment of living life, Richard valued such precious times as he took with him those moments with his mother, Kay; his sisters Toni, and Janie; brother, Randy sister in-law Joy; brother-in-laws Ron and Toby; his niece Kimiko; grandchildren, Tyler and Casey; and, Nick who partnered with Richard for many years. Of Richard's extended families; the Sebastians of Fresno, California, The Salon, Video Visions, EOP and Trinity Church. Richard took these life moments with him to heart and also of life-long friends; Annette, Patti, Carl and Larry. Richard's Memorial service will be held on Saturday October 25th at 2:00 pm. The service and reception will be held at: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara, CA. In lieu of flowers: Make donations to: Pacific Pride Foundation Santa Barbara, Hospice of Santa Barbara, UCSB Educational Opportunity Program STEP, Trinity Episcopal Church.
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1947 - 2014 Carlos Michael Diaz, Jr. of Star, Idaho passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in his home surrounded by family after an 8-year fight with brain cancer. Carlos was born in the Southern California beach town of Ventura, CA and spent his childhood in the neighboring town of Oxnard, CA with his parents Carlos and Christine and four siblings, Joseph, Armando, Elena, and Mario. Carlos was a true Southern California beach "bum" who had a passion for books, movies, music, sports and the USC Trojans. A couple years after graduating from Oxnard High School in 1965 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he earned the rank of sergeant and completed two tours in Vietnam. After completing his four years of service in the Air Force he moved to Santa Barbara, CA where he graduated from UC Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in Law and Society. Shortly after graduating he landed a job with Delco Electronics, which later became General Dynamics, where he ended his 30 year career as a configuration manager. For many years prior to his illness Carlos was a very active individual who took health and fitness very seriously. He was an avid golfer, softball player, and body surfer. During his long tenure of living in Santa Barbara he was well known in youth sports circles where he coached and refereed/umpired football and baseball for more than 20 years. He had a profound impact on the youth in Santa Barbara; and it always amazed his family and friends that wherever he went in town he knew somebody or was approached by some parent of a former player or a former player themselves who always thanked him for everything he had done during his time as their coach. After living in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years, he retired to Star, ID with his wife Vicki in 2005. Carlos spent most of his years living in Idaho battling the terrible disease that took him from his friends and family before his time should have ended. Carlos will be remembered for the impact and impression he made on others. His sense of humor was always present and he loved to joke around no matter what the situation. A consummate mentor, his number one priority was to help people realize their potential and make the most of their talent. Carlos was a loving husband, a doting father, an Idaho foster parent, a wonderful friend, and an honest and fair man. His spirit will live on and he will be missed immensely by all those that knew him. Carlos is survived by his loving wife, Victoria Ruggiero-Diaz of Star, ID; son, Matthew Michael Diaz, his wife, Kara, and two grandsons, Lucas and Caleb of Rocklin, CA; his mother, Christine Diaz of Oxnard, CA; siblings Joseph Trinidad Diaz and Armando Robert Diaz of Oxnard, CA; Elena Marie Hilmo of Burbank, CA; Mario Peter Diaz of Oakland, CA; nieces, nephews, in-laws and other family members. Carlos was preceded in death by step-son, Robert Daniel Heeley, of Santa Barbara, CA; as well as his father, Carlos Miguel Diaz, Sr. of Oxnard, CA. A memorial service will be held at Summers Funeral Home on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 3:00pm, located at 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, Idaho where family and friends will share memories and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, because of Carlos'passion for youth sports, the family requests that contributions be made on behalf of Carlos to the following organization: Star Parks and Recreation, Attn: Kim Ingraham, P.O. Box 130, Star, ID 83669. All contributions made are tax deductible. If flowers are sent, please have them delivered to Summers Funeral Home on Friday, October 31st. Memories and condolences may be shared with Carlos' family on his webpage at www.summersfuneral.com
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