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Passed quietly on January 24, 2015. He was born March 6, 1920, on a farm in Collins, Iowa. Born during the flu epidemic of World War I, he was not expected to live more than a few days, but he had a long and fulfilling life. He went to college at the University of Iowa, where he majored in general science with the idea of being a doctor. He soon realized that his true talents lay in physics, eventually earning a Master's degree in physics. He had an exciting career in applied physics, initially working on Sonar during World War II at the Naval Research Labs in Washington, D.C., where he was inducted into the Navy. During the following years, he worked in many other cutting edge areas of physics including laser development. At the Santa Barbara Research Center (SBRC), he worked for 17 years on projects such as the early Mars probes and the Voyager space exploration program. The holder of seven patents, he retired as Space Programs Manager from SBRC in 1978. Following retirement, he worked for another 30 years repairing clarinets for many musicians in the area, playing with several local groups, and managing a clarinet choir, which met weekly in his home. In addition to his career, his primary loves were his family and music. He married Velma Ruth Roberts in 1941, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage, helping raise their two girls. He was a very involved and loving father. He and Velma met playing clarinet in the band, and had many interesting hobbies including birding (bird watching), camping and hiking. Approximately 10 years after Velma's death, he fell in love with Dorothy Marking, who was an exceptional pianist and organist, as well as an enthusiast of the outdoors. Norm and Dorothy have lived together for many years in peace and contentment, often playing clarinet and piano together. Norman was a member of the Sigma Xi science honorary, Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary, and the Audubon Society. Norman is survived by his partner Dorothy Marking; his daughters and spouses Marilyn and Irvin Ailes and Janet and Steve Shields; four grand-children Charsa Raymond, Clinton Ailes, Kenneth Shields, and Jamie Lydersen; and six great-grand-children. Many people have told us he was the kindest man they knew. He was also a wonderful father, husband and partner, and a clever and inventive man. And I have to mention that he absolutely loved puns! A memorial will be held Saturday January 31 at 2:00 pm in the main lounge at the Vista Del Monte retirement center at 3775 Modoc Rd. Donations are especially welcomed to the Music Academy of the West, Audubon Society, Front Porch Communities, or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
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79 yrs old of Manchester, England went to Heaven on Monday Jan 19, 2015. He passed away at his home in Santa Barbara of natural causes. Joseph was born on Dec 8th, 1935 to Peter and Mary Connolly of Monaghan, Ireland. He married Doreen Hallett and together they had a daughter Sharon Kathryn Connolly. Sharon was the Light of Joe's Life. Being a Father was the most precious thing to him and it brought him the most joy in Life. He was an extremely devoted and very loving Father. Joe was a Blessing to all of us. He was a True Gift from God. An example to all of us of how to live our lives in Gratitude every day and Love one another Unconditionally. Joe is survived by his daughter Sharon, Matt Russell, Joe's sister Mary, his brothers John, Tony and Kevin. Sister- in laws Maureen, Yvonne, Pam and Joyce. Brother in law Harley. Joe also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins that he Loved dearly and was very proud of. Family and God were the two most important things in Joe's life. He had a Tremendous Faith in God. He was a Man of God who Loved and is Loved. Life is the Greatest Gift God has given us. Death is only a Bridge towards eternal Life with God. Certainly Heaven is rejoicing, for another precious Soul has reached his way home. A funeral service will be held on Friday Jan 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM at The Old Mission Santa Barbara. A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 PM at McDermott Crockett Mortuary Chapel, 2020 Chapala St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude's Children's Hospital or any charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to 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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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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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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