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Eugene DeLeon, 78, a retired News-Press Linotype operator, died early today in a local hospital following a long illness. "Gene" DeLeon was born July 17, 1893 in Columbus, Ohio. He learned the printer's trade at the Plain City Advocate. He and his wife, Emma, came to Santa Barbara on a vacation in 1925 shortly after the earthquake. "I liked Santa Barbara so well I wanted to stay", he told friends, "so I asked Tom Storke for a Linotype operator's job at the Daily News and got it-and that was my lifelong career".   His first wife died in July, 1949. In 1952 he married Mrs. Murial Bowman, the aunt of Eddie Matthews, the baseball star. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three stepchildren, Eugene Bowman and Mrs. Norman Tveidt of Santa Barbara and Mrs. David Bingham of Sacramento; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.  The Santa Barbara News Press 1/26/1972

Mrs. Emma Josephine DeLeon, a resident of Santa Barbara for the past 24 years, died last evening at a hospital. She had been in poor health for some time. Her home was at 3212 Calle Noguerra. The wife of Eugene DeLeon, who is foreman of the News-Press composing room, Mrs. DeLeon was born in Plain City, Ohio, Mary 27, 1891, the daughter of Andrew J. & Ann Adelice (Motteler) Torbert. The couple moved here 24 years ago. In addition to her husband, Mrs. DeLeon leaves four sisters and two brothers. They are Mrs. Flora A. Grace, Miss Alice Torbert and Sam Torbert, all of Plain City; Mrs. Phyllis Knedler of Philadelphia, William Torbert of Fremont City, Ohio, and Mrs. Ina T. Means of Santa Barbara.  The Santa Barbara News Press 7/25/1949

Santa Maria Times, Thursday, August 8, 1996
Kenneth O. Harmon Sr.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary for Kenneth O. Harmon St., 68, of Santa Maria.  The Rev. Howard Leverett will officiate.  Burial follows at Santa Maria Cemetery.   He died of natural causes, Aug. 6, 1996, at his home.   Mr. Harmon was born Jan. 31, 1928, in Cox City, Okla.   He was a 45-year resident of Santa Maria.  Mr. Harmon served with the U.S. Navy as seaman 1st class during World War II on the ships Seminole, Oneida, Boxer and Mount McKinley.  He was the recipient of the Philippine Independence Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and American Theater prior to his honorable discharge Dec. 17, 1947.  Mr. Harmon held an exteded 35-year career with the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, Union Local 114, retiring in 1991.   Survivors include his wife Virginia Harmon of Santa Maria, daughters Jacqueline DeLucas of Visalia, and Marie A. Harmon of Santa Maria; son Kenneth O. Harmon Jr. of Orcutt; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.  Memorial contributions may be made to Marian Hospital Home Care Hospice, 1300 E. Cypress St. G-2, Santa Maria, CA  93454

ESPINOZA, Jesse
Passed away peacefully on August 1, 2000 at the age of 72 surrounded by family and friends. Born on September 27, 1927 in Dodge City, Kansas, Jesse was a veteran of the United States Navy and a retiree of Dr. Pepper. He is survived by three sisters: Josephine Martinez of Dodge City Kansas, Sheila Roman of Corona, California and Rose Garcia of San Diego California. He leaves behind three daughters: Regina Rodriguez (Rudy) and Trini Macias (Joe) of Oxnard, California and Norma Hernandez (Juan) and son Jesse Espinoza of Ventura California. He is also survived by Barbara Jacinto of Oxnard, California and two grandchildren Yvonne Rodriguez and Tyler Espinoza. A Rosary will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2000 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Carpinteria, California. Funeral Services will be held at 12:30pm Friday, August 4, 2000 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Carpinteria California with graveside to follow at Carpinteria Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Welch Ryce Haider Mortuary. The Family wished to thank all the doctors and staff at Saint John's Catholic Hospital in Oxnard, California for their kindness and support during a difficult time. Jesse will be greatly missed by all.

Harrison, Martha Lafkas a resident of Santa Barbara, passed away Saturday July 29th at 2:00pm of Cancer. She will be interred with her husband Howard, who died in 1994. Mrs Harrison is survived by her brother George, of Washington. Midge Thompson, her best friend of 70 years, of Santa Barbara. Elain Fellows of Washington State, and three Granddaughters. Martha Lafkas Harrison was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She moved to Ventura where her father owned and operated the May Fair Cafe. She was a long time employee of Scott's Apparel.  A Graveside Service for Mrs. Harrison will be held on Monday, August 7, 12:00pm at the Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice services of Santa Barbara.  Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

BARKER, Ila Nadine Babcock
1915 - 2000
We've lost a Santa Barbara tradition with the death of Ila Nadine Babcock Barker. She was a loving and dynamic person with a generous heart and a strong will, who worked tirelessly for who or what she believed in. She passed away on July 28, in Ft Meyers, Florida.
Born in Colorado in 1915, she was raised in Santa Barbara and attended local schools. Most of her life was spent working in the public relations field with the Chamber of Commerce, Convention Bureau, and the Motel, Food and Beverage Industry. She was active in volunteer work, particularly Old Spanish Days, where she was a Director for many years and was an Honorary Director until her death. Ila was instrumental in the development of the Fiesta Art and Craft Show at the beach. In recent years she ran the show from her electric scooter . 
She was an active horsewoman, involved with the Santa Barbara Riding Club, and rode many years in the Fiesta Parade dressed in the beautiful costumes she designed and made. She was also the Equestrian Director for the Bowl and initiated the torch-lighted procession of horses down the hill at the County Bowl each Fiesta, which was truly a spectacular event. A talented seamstress, she made all her own costumes as well as many for Fiesta participants. 
She is survived by her loving and devoted family: daughter, Cecelia-Ann Barker Kerlin; granddaughters, Victoria Ann Voorhees Sperry and Catherine Arwen Kerlin; grandsons, Sean William Kerlin, Michael Voorhees and R David Sperry; great grandsons, Jesse Robert Kerlin and Josh Sperry. Other family survivors include: sisters, Edyth L Wood and Pam Beldon; brothers, Dwight H Babcock, Ret Major Charles C Babcock, and John L. Babcock. In addition, she is survived by 15 nephews and nieces, and 19 great nephews and great nieces. 
Memorial services will be held in the Serra Chapel at the Old Mission at 3 PM on Sunday, August 6th, with Father Virgil Cordano officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses, Hospice, or your favorite charity.

CORWIN, Dorothy
Wife of the late Sherrill C Corwin, passed away July 26, 2000. She was 90 years old. Metropolitan Theatres and the Corwin Family, now in its fourth generation, have been operating movie theatres in Santa Barbara for 52 years.
Dorothy Corwin loved Santa Barbara and in particular UCSB. She graciously and generously supported numerous scholarships in Film, Music, Art, Dramatic Art and Dance at the University. The Corwin Pavilion was named in her honor. In 1991 she received the University's distinguished Honorary Alumni Award.
She is survived by her two children, Bonnie Fuller and Bruce Corwin, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Services were held July 28, 2000.
In her memory the family requests contributions to the UCSB Film Studies Program.

MANUEL, Guillermo Augustine
96 of Santa Barbara passed away July 30, 2000.
He was a member of the Filipino Community Club and the First Presbyterian Church for many years.
Guillermo is survived by his son, Isidore, daughter-in-law Francie Manuel, grandsons; Matthew, Gabriel Manuel and great grandson Gregory Manuel.
He is also survived by son, Michael and grandchildren; Andrew, Christina and Jessica Manuel.
He is also survived by his brother Rosalio and sister-in-law Meline and brother-in-law Domingo, sister-in-law Rosal.
He was always a loving father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather.
He will be remembered as a hard worker who accomplished many goals during his lifetime.
In fond memory - we will hold him with great respect and love forever.
There will be a viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel Wed. August 2nd between 5pm and 8 pm. Services will be held Thursday, August 3 at the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel.

MARCUS, Donald Lawrence
Donald Lawrence Marcus, 49, of Thousand Oaks, went home to be with the LORD on July 26, 2000, after a courageous battle with cancer. 
Don was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 21, 1950. His family later moved to Santa Barbara, Calif where he grew up. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1972 with a BS in Geology and later received his MS in Geology in 1974 at the Univ of Texas at Arlington. He later became a Certified Engineering Geologist in 1995. He was a member of the Geological Society. 
Don was an avid surfer, skier, computer expert and artist. He had a zest for life and no matter how big the challenge he was never discouraged. His travels took him from Canada to the jungles of Costa Rica. 
He is survived by his soul-mate in life Nancy Marcus, daughter Ashley Marcus and son Todd Marcus; parents Bernard and Louise Marcus; sisters Bonnie Graybill and Sally Rodeman, brother Leonard Marcus and Debbie and Rachelle Koski, who loved him dearly. 
A memorial ceremony will be celebrated at 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 6, 2000 at Rincon Beach, Calif. 
Donations would be welcomed to the Geological Society.

WALLACE, Marc Fleming
beloved father, husband, faithful friend, died July 28, 2000 at his home in Salem, South Carolina. He was 68, and succumbed from complications of lung cancer and emphysema.
Marc was born February 17, 1932 at St Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara, to Justine "Noni" Wallace and Glenn Irving Wallace, a Santa Barbara High School teacher and eventually Chief Probation Officer of Santa Barbara County.
Marc attended local elementary schools and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1948. He attended UCSB on the Riviera. As a member and eventual president of Sigma Pi fraternity, he laughingly recalled a late night hazing prank that left him blindfolded, barefoot, and alone at the top of Old San Marcos Pass Road. He was not concerned, because he'd roamed the hills and trails of the county as a youth. He laughed at the dismay of his fraternity brothers when he showed up in town less than two hours later.
Marc graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1953 and soon joined the Army. As a corporal, he was based in Germany and served until 1955. He subsequently served eight years in the Army Reserves.
On Feb. 13, 1956, Marc began what ultimately would be a 36-year career with United Airlines. He married Norine Foley the same year. His intelligence, trustworthiness, work ethic and drive sent him quickly up the corporate ladder and across the United States. During his career, he was based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland and Denver. As a Regional Vice President, he was in charge of, at various times, UAL operations and employees in most U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and South America. At one time he was in charge of United's worldwide cargo operations.
His employees once honored him with a plaque thanking him for his "exemplary leadership, character and integrity," traits not always found in the upper echelons of the corporate world. Once, when told that the airline would not pay for a party for station employees in Cancun, Mexico, Marc paid for the large celebration out of his own pocket.
One of his assistants, Vicki Bretthauer, said Marc was "the first person I ever met who never saw race or gender, just the person before him. He selected wisely to build his team and network of support. He always guided."
Marc retired from UAL in 1991. He and his wife, Patt, moved to their "dream home" in Salem, South Carolina in 1993. With their "No Philistines" sign at the front door, they threw legendary parties, especially at Halloween. At one, the 6-foot, 3-inch Marc greeted guests in only his tux jacket and bicycle shorts, citing the "semi-formal" dress code.
Marc and Patt were celebrating 25 years of marriage this year. Although a Californian by birth, he lived in retirement as a true Southern gentleman.
His visiting children frequently heard the phrase, "We think the world of him," from friends and local shop keepers.
His death came too soon. But he was surrounded by his son, wife, friends and caregivers, Rachel and Jurriel, and loving Hospice of the Foothills nurses when he flew to higher skies on July 28. His passing leaves an unimaginable void.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Marc is survived by his wife, Patricia (Patt) Overly Wallace, of Salem, S.C.; his children, Matthew Garrett and Nora Kathleen, the mother of his children, Norine Foley Wallace and his step-mother, Barbara Casey Wallace, all of Santa Barbara; his stepson Scott Overly Hurst, his wife Marva, their son Spencer Hogan Hurst and Marva's children Megan and Emilee, all of Kingsport, Tenn.; his cousin, Bill Fletchner, wife Nancy and children Brian and Amy, of Portland, Oregon; and his caregiver and laughing companion, Rachel Bath of Walhalla, S.C.
Marc will be remembered for his sense of humor, sly grin, true compassion, the way he used a pen (without error) on the New York Times crossword puzzles, his intelligence (with unparalleled vocabulary), his constant application of Chapstick, his eclectic taste in music, great sense of fairness, and the love he gave to his family and friends.
A memorial service was held August 2 in Salem. A celebration of Marc's life will be held in September in Santa Barbara.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 or United We Care (which helps UAL employees in need), the Marc F Wallace Memorial, United Airlines, WHQPR, Box 66100, Chicago, IL 60666.

PRAUL, Richard E 85, of Stanwood, WA died July 28, 2000. He will be missed by his daughter, Christine, his son, Martin, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Born in Burlington, New Jersey, Dick had a 45 year career working as an active reporter and editor on papers in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Victoria, BC, and Santa Barbara where he was sports editor on the News Press. Later he had his own news agency covering the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission for papers in Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, New York and San Francisco.
In 1979 the Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation of appreciation thanking him for "keeping the public informed of what is done with the tax paper's money and trust."
Dick enjoyed hiking and camping in Sequoia and Yosemite and was proud to have hiked the Grand Canyon from the South Rim across the bottom and up to the North Rim. He was also a keen tennis player all his life.

SIMMONS, Laura Kathleen
On this past Monday morning, the Lord took Laura Kathleen Simmons as she peacefully slept. Born in Savannah, Georgia on May 6, 1898, she had recently celebrated her 102nd birthday and was a Beverly La Cumbre resident.
Laura's parents were Ella Truell Williams and Robert Williams. Four brothers preceded her in death.
Laura received her schooling at St Benedict Catholic School and credited the nuns and priests with her early love of the Lord and the Bible.
At the age of 16, she had to leave school early to help support her family. She became a personal maid working with families living in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Boston, and New York.
Laura was married to Isaac Simmons for 30 years. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1944 and immediately joined St Paul AME Church (under Rev Bell) where she served as Missionary President, organized the Junior Board of Ushers, and was a Sunday School teacher. She was consecrated as a Deaconess in 1950 by Rev. Morton.
One of her proudest achievements was being given a lifetime membership in the AME Missionary Society. She also belonged to the Eastern Star organization.
Service to others was always her motto. She sewed for Church Women United providing clothing for those less fortunate, and visited the sick and shut-in in hospitals, homes, prisons, rest homes, and mental institutions. She walked to church every Sunday until she was 98 years old.
Laura is survived by her beloved daughter, Bertha Singleton, four cousins, and many friends. Visitation will be from 1-7 PM on Thursday, August 3rd at Welch-Ryce-Haider (Downtown Chapel) with the funeral service at 9 AM on Monday, August 7th at St Paul AME Church, 502 Olive Street.

SINGSON, John P. passed away from lung cancer on Sunday, July 30th, 2000.
John is survived by his wife Betty J. Singson, three daughters, Jennifer Covarrubias, Indiana, Jody West, Texas, Elizabeth Singson, Lompoc, Calif. one sister Ramona Ballard, Ariz, two brothers Robert Singson, Utah, Ronald Singson, Santa Barbara. Three step children Gerald Davis, Jeff Davis, and Christine Placencia.
John has an aunt, uncles, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
John was an Eagle Scout, past president of the Optimist Club and a member of the Bravado Motorcycle Club and a proud member of the Niesi Mixed bowling league.
He served in the USN during the Korean conflict as a Machinist Mate, was also a journeyman machinist, he retired from the Local carpenters union.
John loved to bowl, fish and play golf with his many friends. He had many skills and interests, loved working with the youth and doing things for others.
We will miss our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and most of all our friend.
A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Thursday, the 3rd of August at the Bethany Congregational Church, 556 N Hope Ave at 7:00 PM.
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels are in charge of arrangements.

SOLOMON, Leora Mae died in Sequim, Washington, on February 29, 2000, at age 84. She was born in Boliver, Missouri, and married Roy William Solomon in 1942. They lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty-five years, raising two daughters here. Mrs Solomon worked for many years as a clerk for Safeway Stores and Erik's Bakery, and was active in bowling leagues, before retiring to Sequim in 1976. Among Mrs Solomon's favorite pastimes in retirement were traveling, spending time with her extended family, cooking and shopping with friends.
In addition to her husband, survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Robert Wilson of Seattle, Washington, and Stephanie and Paul Cota of Spokane, Washington; grandchildren Lori Dietz, Joelle Schneider, Jeffrey and Joshua Wilson, and great-granddaughter Mallory Dietz.
Memorial gifts may be made to Operation Uplift Cancer Support, 1215 E First Street, Port Angeles, Washington 98362.

WILKINS, Lawrence Kenneth
78, passed away on July 29, 2000 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. He was born July 8, 1922 at the same hospital. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in the class of 1941. He served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. Larry attended UCSB and the University of Washington. He worked 32 years in architecture at UCSB in Facilities Management.
Larry will be remembered and loved for his charming, gregarious personality. Those who loved him will cherish him for his loyalty, generosity and love. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Estelle Wilkins and his son, Steven Wilkins, of Dallas, TX. 
Those who have survived him will miss him including his present wife, Alberta (Wallin) Wilkins, his daughter Denise (husband Jim) Hanten, sons Nicholas and Jacob, of Temecula, CA, his daughter Pamela (husband Paul), sons Aaron and Andrew, of Ojai, and his son Douglas (wife Susan) Wilkins, sons Kenneth and Casey, of Los Olivos. He is also survived by stepsons Keith (wife Kathleen) Melton, sons Kendall and Kamden, of Tarzana, and John (wife Ricki) Melton of North Hills. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association which provides scholarships for graduating seniors. SBHS Alumni Assoc., Box 6121 Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6121. 
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 3:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. A reception will also be held at the Unity House at the Unity Church, 227 E Arrellaga, Santa Barbara at 4:00 pm 


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