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A well-known local attorney and resident of Santa Barbara for over 35 years, died of natural causes in his sleep at his home on Monday, January 12, 2015. Gary was born on January 13, 1947 in Long Beach, California to parents Steven and Rose (Wucetich) Grubacich and grew up in Covina. He attended UCSB for three years before joining the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1970. Gary then worked as a System Engineer for General Motors in Michigan, where he completed his B.A. with honors at Oakland University in 1973. He returned to Santa Barbara, continuing his employment with General Motors/EDS for a total of 17 years. While serving on a local jury, he decided he wanted to be an attorney. In 1988, Gary was admitted to the California Western School of Law in San Diego and graduated in 1991 with his J.D. degree, cum laude. Upon again returning to Santa Barbara, he was employed as an Attorney in Civil Litigation and Appeals with McCarthy and Kroes for 23 years until his death. Gary gave broadly and deeply to others. In particular, he donated his time and treasure with great affection to his cherished Sigma Pi Fraternity. For many years until his death, he was Vice-Chairman of Legal Affairs for the International Sigma Pi Education Foundation and Advisor to the UCSB Alpha-Omicron Chapter of Sigma Pi. Gary was involved in the lifetime events of his extended family. He was always up for card games, friendly debates, and trivia on music and movies. He could talk with anybody at length and depth on almost any subject. He is survived by his sisters Vicki Morris (Ed) and Sandra Kula, two nieces and two nephews, five grand-nieces and three grand-nephews. Gary was a beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, fraternity brother, and good friend who will be dearly missed. A memorial service has not yet been planned.
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87, passed away peacefully in his home on January 14, 2015 in Santa Barbara. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. on January 24, 1927. Sam served in the Navy during WWII and after wards attended college on the GI Bill earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Sam worked as a project engineer and manager across his career where his interest in Transportation Systems led him to many significant achievements. In 1961 Sam and his family moved to Santa Barbara where he worked at Delco Electronics. With President Kennedy?s declaration to go to the moon Sam assembled a team and worked with determination to ensure that a General Motors vehicle participated in the exploration of the moon. That vehicle, which became known as the Lunar Rover, was developed and built in Goleta and successfully traveled to the moon on the last 3 Apollo missions. Following Delco, Sam worked at Minicars Inc. in Goleta developing vehicle safety structures and measures that are now standard equipment in automobiles today. In 1987, Sam temporarily left Santa Barbara for Georgetown University to lead a Fuel Cell technology development program to help wean the automotive industry away from petroleum. Prototype systems were implemented in public transportation systems in Denver, Washington D.C. and abroad. Sam loved traveling, wine making, cultivating his orchard and a host of other activities, but most of all spending time with his family. Sam was proceeded in death by his first wife Dolores Fitzsimons and is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Margaret, four children Cliff, Laurie (Keith), Tim (Chandra) and Mariliz (Doug), eight grandchildren (Brandon, Michelle, Colette, Stephanie, Andre, Paul, Camille and Angelina) and one great-grandson (Lucas). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Friendship Center or the Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.
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Leonard G. Jarrott, a widower is survived by his 3 children, Leonard S. Jarrott, Valarie Cherot, and Daniel F. Jarrott, his spouse, 6 grandchildren and their spouses, and also 10 great grandchildren. Leonard was a person of integrity and of outstanding character. His undying love for his beloved wife Viola, family and friends was the most notable of all his attributes. However, he was certainly admired for his wit, intelligence and tremendous humor as well. Leonard was born in McKittrick, California and lived in Santa Barbara as a young child for a short period of time. He grew up in Redondo Beach, attended St. James Elementary School and in the 8th grade met his wife Viola. They were married for almost 70 years, and sweethearts for 7 years prior. His many accomplishments include a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Loyola University and a Master's Degree at California State Northridge. He worked as a Tax Auditor for the State of California. Leonard was a Triple Lifetime Master in Bridge and continued playing the game at the Santa Barbara Bridge Club as recently as several months ago. He was a successful businessman and had practiced a hands on approach to improving and maintaining his Real Estate investment properties. He traveled the world with Viola and other family members. He and his wife's generosity made it possible for 4 generations of family to travel together. Leonard was an avid sports fan. He loved following the Rams and the Dodgers and watched and attended their games for over 60 years. However above all, he loved Notre Dame University's football team, and became a fan when he was only 9 years old. He also loved to participate in a variety of athletic endeavors. Leonard first skied at Mammoth in 1948, and he and Viola continued enjoying the sport together for many year after. He played volleyball, boxed, body surfed, and during his retirement enjoyed golf. He and Viola were wonderful dancers and experienced many years of swing, cha cha, mambo, and ballroom dance. Leonard was a lovely man and will be missed by all that knew him. He practiced his Catholic faith in a manner that expressed love, compassion, and charity.
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1928-2015 Laureldean (Wright) Waugh died of natural causes on January 18, 2015 after a full life. Lollie, as she was known, was born at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara on June 5, 1928 to Chester R. and Hope (Forster) Wright. Lollie was the eldest of 4 children and was raised on the West Side in Santa Barbara. She attended Harding Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High and Santa Barbara High Schools, where she was the Girl's League Election Board chairman, and a member of the Big Sister committee. Like most families of the time, Lollie and her family endured the hardships of the Great Depression and World War II, but nevertheless they enjoyed many fun and happy times as a family After her graduation from Santa Barbara High School in 1946, Lollie worked briefly for the Santa Barbara Credit Bureau. While advancing quickly in her job there, she soon obtained a job as a secretary at La Cumbre Junior High. Lollie married the love of her life Robert Donne Waugh on January 20, 1950 at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church after a whirlwind romance of three weeks. After the birth of their first child in 1952, Lollie enjoyed life as a full time mother and wife, a career at which she excelled and in which she took great pride. In 1972 Lollie returned to the work force when she took a seasonal job at Sears Department Store over the holidays. This developed into full-time employment and she enjoyed her work in the Children's Department and the many very special friends that she made among her co-workers. After the tragic death of her oldest daughter Lorna Waugh Ruiz, Lollie retired from Sears in 1993 and devoted herself to her grandchildren. She also volunteered at Goleta Valley Hospital in the gift shop up until 2010. Lollie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert D. Waugh (1983); her precious daughter, Lorna Waugh Ruiz (1993); her sister Gwendolyn Wright Covington (1995); her brother Clinton Forster Wright (2001); and her oldest nephew Del Marshall Covington (2012). Lollie is survived by her sister, Lynnette Wright McCoy; her daughter, Maureen (Waugh) Evans (husband Robin D. Evans); her son, Stacey Robert Waugh (wife Sonnia Waugh); her grandchildren: Michael Joseph Ruiz (wife Elizabeth (Swihart) Ruiz), Joel Robert Evans, Melissa Anne (Ruiz) Scheffler, Brian Charles Ruiz; her great granddaughters: Emily Lorna Ruiz, Kristin Hope Ruiz and Chloe Madison Scheffler; her favorite cousin Bonnie (Goodson) Sanders; as well as her very special and adored nieces and nephews. Lollie's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers and staff of Heritage House where Lollie called home since May of 2011. She was very happy there. A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, January 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara or other charity of choice.
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DENNETT, Edward James September 19, 1919 - January 9, 2014 Edward was born in Chicago, Ill., to Charles and Irene Dennett. He attended Calumet High School in Chicago and was a member of the school band. Edward entered the Army before World War II as a non-commissioned officer in the Horse Cavalry. He was a member of the Chicago Black Horse Troop. He was stationed in France during the war. He retired from the Army Reserves as a Major. Later, while stationed in Santa Barbara, Edward met and married, Margaret Jean, in 1944. Edward and Jean lived on the Mesa, raising their 3 children, Patti (Roddenberry), Edward Jr., and Kathy (Paulsen). Edward graduated from UCSB with a degree in Economics. He started his business, Dennett and Denmun Business Machines and Office Supplies, which was located on State St. Every Fiesta, for years, he'd set up chairs in front of his business for family and friends to enjoy the parades! In 1969 he sold his business to his partner and went to work as a buyer for the County of Santa Barbara Purchasing Department until his retirement in 1984. Edward was an active member and past president of the Optimist Club. He enjoyed bowling on the Optimist bowling league, working the Optimist booth during Fiesta and sending out neighborhood kids to sell boxes of gum during the Halloween season. His wife Jean preceded Edward in death in 2013, after 69 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter Patti Roddenberry, her children Michelle Padilla, (Steve), John (Aletha), Edward Dennett Jr., (Linda), their children Jacob, Eric (Annette), Jordan and Annie, Kathy Paulsen (Brad), their children Jessie Jean Mendoza (Anthony), Lacey and Daniel. He was also blessed with 12 great grandchildren. Edward and Jean lived the last 10 years next door to their daughter, Kathy, in Orcutt. A special thanks to his caregivers, Monica, Diane and Paz. We had moved him to Heritage House in December. Thank you, also to those at Heritage House. Memorial Service will be held Friday January 30th at 1:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Cemetery chapel. Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
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Joy was born Napi Joy Fitzsimmons August 13, 1928 in Passaic, New Jersey to Robert and Edna Fitzsimmons, and was a granddaughter of the former World Heavyweight Boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons. Joy and her sister Jean grew up at their parents' home on Greenwood Lake, New York, and were swimming early and well. In 1943 when Joy was just 15 she was beating her sister (who was 5 years older), in competition and dominating the New Jersey A.A.U. Swimming, setting record after record in freestyle events. The sisters soon began swimming professionally and by 1953 had perfected the top synchronized swimming act in the Nation, and achieved star status, being featured in the Weismeller Swim Show playing at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. One afternoon at the pool before the show, Joy met an Air Force pilot, Jim Blake, who had just completed combat crew training at Nellis AFB and was waiting assignment. Two weeks later on July 5, 1953 Joy and Jim were married in las Vegas and Joy now entered a 13 year career as an Air Force wife, doing an outstanding job in supporting squadron activities and demonstrating a real talent as a hostess, whose entertaining was highly regarded by all. Six of those Air Force years were spent overseas, mainly in Germany, and as a natural athlete, Joy was a beautiful skier, and she and Jim were able to ski a majority of Europe's top resorts including St. Anton, Davos, Lech, and Garmish, thoroughly enjoying some of Europe's finest slopes during the overseas tours. While stateside, mostly in Texas, Joy enjoyed a home on Lake Texoma with water skiing the sport of the moment in which she also excelled. Snow skiing also continued, with trips to Stowe, Vermont, Park City, Utah, and Mammoth, California, enjoying more of the best skiing ever. In 1966 Jim left the Air Force and became a pilot for American Airlines, providing Joy with a new 25 year career as an Airline pilot's wife, a role in which she also completely excelled. In 1969 Joy discovered a beautiful home on the cliff in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific and the Channel Islands. She and Jim immediately bought the house, having both fallen in love with the property at first sight. Joy said from the beginning it was her retirement home and she was 100% correct. Joy quickly proceeded to completely re-Iandscape the yard and re-model the house, with her efforts achieving outstanding results in every respect. Living in Santa Barbara boating became a favorite pursuit, and Joy, who had enjoyed considerable boating in her early years, proved an outstanding skipper of the beautiful skipjack which was kept over 18 years in the harbor, always eagerly enjoying fishing trips, overnight stays in many of the coves in the Channel Islands, and scuba diving with Jim. The scuba adventures stretched from New Zealand to Hawaii, along with the Santa Barbara Channel Islands where she made many dives. Joy's skill as a world class swimmer made her an exceptional diver, and on many group dives Joy returned to the boat with more air in her tank than anyone else. Besides maintaining a lovely yard and household Joy was an avid gardener, successfully growing avocadoes, oranges, lemons, figs, tangerines and artichokes. Along with keeping up the home and yard Joy also found time to raise two sons, Jon here in Santa Barbara, and Jan in Northern California. About 1970 a whole new dimension entered the picture with the acquisition of Jim's polo horses, but Joy never missed a beat and absolutely loved the horses, caring for them completely when Jim was away on an airline trip and helping keeping them fit for the games. Within a very short time Joy acquired excellent skills as a rider and horse woman, enjoying beautiful long rides on the beach with Jim and through the lovely trails of Hope Ranch. Before long the horse interest included thoroughbred race horses and Joy's first thoroughbred was foaled one evening in her barn with just Joy and the vet present. Joy practically raised the colt in her yard and when "Rulente" went to the track he won his first start in July 1973 at Hollywood Park by 5 lengths, leading all the way with Joy cheering every stride. For a number of years Joy and Jim attended the entire summer race meeting at Del Mar, booking the same hotel room in Encinitas each year and thoroughly enjoying the races from our lovely box on the finish line. In the mornings before the races and on "dark days" Joy enjoyed the warm water and lovely surf at the beach, and would body surf even the larger waves. Also there were many swims beyond the surf and her enjoyment of the Del Mar beach was complete. At the track she soon met and enjoyed many new racing friends and in short order Joy became an excellent handicapper, sharing bets with those friends and then playing individual wagers on a race or two each day for herself, and never experiencing a losing season, with some years quite rewarding! During the racing years her horses won over a dozen races from Del Mar to Hollywood Park to Golden Gate, each win greatly enjoyed by Joy and all her family. For over 15 years Joy joined Jim in annual trips to Langara Island in the Queen Charlotte's in British Columbia, for some of the worlds' best salmon fishing. During these trips Joy mastered the wooden direct drive (no drag) Peetz reel, often called the "knuckle buster", and using 15 pound test line with same, boated numerous King salmon in the 30-40 pound range, a feat accomplished by a relatively few anglers. The commute to Vancouver, Canada, where the Langara trips started, was made in her own plane with Jim flying and Joy thoroughly enjoying the ride. In fact she was a very happy flier, and made many trips with Jim to Del Mar, Catalina, Portland and Columbia, etc., and never hesitated to jump in and go, if only for a tour of the channel islands and a check on the rookery on San Miguel. Always happy, eager and ready, Joy was a perfect partner in all endeavors, flying, fishing, racing, riding the horses, swimming, scuba diving and skiing. Simply an amazing, talented and beautiful woman who enjoyed and lived life to the fullest. Joy loved her boys, the horses, her dogs, and her lovely home on the cliff. Joy passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 6, 2015 at the age of 86, a woman who was truly the best possible friend and wife, accomplished and talented in numerous endeavors, all of which combined to make her the love of my life, who will live on in my memories forever, cherished for who she was and how she lived - a truly beautiful person and life, and may you now forever rest in peace my love. To leave an online memory or condolence please visit www.wrhsb.com . Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
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82, of Goleta, passed away on January 14, 2015 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara with family by her side. Helen Elizabeth Hout Marquette was born to Irene Moutray Hout and Wesley Karl Hout of Deerfield, Illinois on October 20, 1932. Helen is a graduate of Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL and St. Luke's School of Nursing in Chicago, IL. Helen met her husband Tony Marquette in Deerfield, IL. They were married at First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield in 1953. Helen and Tony came to Santa Barbara from Chicago in 1955. They came out to join his parents, Arthur and Sarah Marquette, who had chosen Santa Barbara as their place of retirement. Helen served the County of Santa Barbara as an RN for over 30 years. In recent years, Helen enjoyed friends at Goleta Presbyterian Church. Helen took great enjoyment and pride in being a member and officer in The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Daughters of the American Colonists. She served as Recording Secretary for the Mission Canyon Chapter of the DAR, and as Regent for the Santa Barbara Chapter of the DAC. Helen's notable travels include several RV trips around the U.S. with husband Tony, a cruise in Alaska for their 50th Wedding Anniversary, and a trip to Hawaii to visit son Wesley in March of 2014. Helen is preceded in death by her husband Tony Marquette to whom she was married for 58 years, and her brother Mark Moutray Hout of Deerfield, IL. Helen is survived by her brother William Karl Hout and sister-in-law Marcella Hout of Beach Park, IL, sister-in-law Pené Marquette Ballini of Eugene, OR, sister-in-law Esther Hout of Deerfield, IL, son Wesley Arthur Marquette and daughter-in-law Karen Marquette of Kaua'i, HI, and daughter Marie Pené Marquette of Goleta, CA. A family service will be held at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
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Peacefully passed away on January 18, 2015. He enjoyed his eighty-fifth birthday party with his close friends on January 9, 2015. George was born in Hamilton, Ontario Canada to Rose and Daniel Repta. In 1949 he married the love of his life, Margaret Maria Repta. George and Margaret moved to California in 1956. Together they owned a motel at the East Beach for many years. George enjoyed being the host to their motel guests and served as president of the Hotel-Motel Association. George enjoyed his life to the fullest. He was a natural athlete and played hockey in his youth in Canada. His love of nature and the outdoors made him an avid snow and water skier. His favorite place was in the woods fishing and he looked forward to his fall hunts with his friends for many years. George was happiest when he was traveling the world with family and friends. A great dancer and always ready for a party, George was a member of the Los Fiesteros Dance Club. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Santa Barbara. His membership in the Los Rancheros Pobres Riding Club was his favorite activity through the years. George is survived by his daughter, Margo Repta of Irvine and his dear friend, Leslie Storr of Santa Barbara. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret. Honoring George's request there will be no memorial service. Contributions in George's name may be made to The Carriage Museum, PO Box 1587, SB 93102.
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Ralph was born in May of 1924 to Colletta Hoffman and Carl Northart. His early childhood was spent in Pittsburg, PA but the family (including two sisters) settled in Baltimore, MD. The Great Depression forced a division of family, the children were farmed out to relatives and acquaintances while Carl searched for work. Ralph attended parochial school through the eighth grade then worked a variety of jobs some of which included slaughtering chickens, delivering telegrams, and fitting out liberty ships at the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1943. He took boot camp at Paris Island, SC, radio school at Jacksonville, FL and aerial gunnery school at Yellow Water, FL. He was assigned to Santa Barbara, CA as a replacement airman after a training mishap killed five flight crews. There, he met a local gal at a Sunday evening church service. Her name was Barbara June Wait. They made plans but wartime intervened. Stationed in the Pacific Theatre aboard the aircraft carrier Block Island, Ralph flew submarine patrol and provided air support during the invasion of Okinawa, Ishigaki, and Miyako-jima. After discharge, he returned to Santa Barbara, married Barbara, and they had three children. Having married the boss's daughter, Ralph trained as a land surveyor with his father-in-law, Edwin Wait, both working for George Miller. George sold his interest to Penfield and Smith. Ralph later rejoined Ed Wait and he and Ray Martin purchased his business creating the engineering firm, Martin, Northart and Associates. Business success enabled Barbara and Ralph to travel, play golf and enjoy friends and family. Success also initiated it's own set of problems and Ralph battled some personal demons. He eventually returned to faith making El Montecito Presbyterian his church home. He lost Barbara to Alzheimer's in 2010. Several years later he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He died January 14, 2015. He will be remembered for his generosity. Ralph is survived by Mark and David, their spouses Jan and Meg, grand children, Susannah, Michael, Heather, Meredith, Ashlee, Sarah, Andrew, and great grandchildren, Madison, Colby, Keira, Cooper, Layla and Hallie. The family would like to thank Melinda Gordon for her care and companionship. Donations can be made to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles or any Children's Cancer Research/ Treatment Facility.
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