Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California Obituaries


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JONES, Robert M

Robert Maurice Jones, a prominent attorney and long time Santa Barbara resident died from a stroke July 22, 2000 at the St Francis Hospital. He was 84 years of age. 

Born in Morganfield, Kentucky, April 8, 1916, he came with his family to California in the early 1920s, settling in Woodland. After completing Woodland high school, he attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years and Stanford University where he completed his undergraduate and law degrees in 1937 and 1940 respectively. 

Enlisting in the US Army in 1941, he served as an infantry officer in the Aleutian Islands, Germany and France, obtaining the rank of major before being discharged in 1946. In 1945 in France, he met his future wife, Anne Rives White, of St. Louis, Missouri, an American Red Cross volunteer. 

Married a year later, they initially resided in Woodland where Bob began his law practice. 

In early 1948, he was invited to join the Santa Barbara law firm of Price, Postel & Parma where he practiced for the remainder of his 53 year career. 

Much of his practice was focused on condemnation cases and water law. He served as legal counsel for a number of South Coast water and sanitary districts, including Goleta, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. He was also a long-term and active member of several professional water societies including the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). Bob was a past president of the Santa Barbara Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court and the United States District Court. On his retirement in 1996, he received a citation from both the Congress of the United States and the Legislative Assembly of the State of California. 

A firm believer in civic responsibility, he found great pleasure in his volunteer service to many community organizations and boards; serving as president of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (three terms), the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA), Direct Relief International (DRI), Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Institute, Visiting Nurses, YMCA, Community Chest/United Way, Family Service Agency, Santa Barbara Foundation, All Saints by the Sea, among others. 

Bob was a life member of the Stanford University Alumni Association, where he devoted many years to fund-raising activities. From 1970-71, he served as Chairman of the Stanford University Athletic Foundation (Buck Club). In addition, Bob was a long time member of The Commonwealth Club, the Santa Barbara Club, and The Valley Club of Montecito.

His greatest joy was his family and he seldom missed an opportunity to attend his children and grandchildrens' athletic, academic, recreational and community events. He especially enjoyed family pack trips, fly-fishing, hunting, gardening and travel. 

Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, and four sons and their wives; Thomas W Jones; Robert M Jones, Jr (Grigger) and his wife Alice I Jones; William M Jones and his wife Sarah Bradley- Jones and Richard S Jones and his wife Kathy V Jones. His eight grandchildren; Andrew, Carolyn and Nancy Jones of Atascadero, California; Esther Jones of Santa Barbara; Eleanor and Isabel Jones of Portland, Oregon, and Peter and Annie Jones of Lafayette, California also survive him. He will forever be loved and missed by them and his friends. 

The family cordially invites his friends to join them at a memorial celebration of the life of Robert M Jones to be held at 3 PM, August 10th, 2000 at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bob's memory to any of the above community organizations or a charity of your choice.

LOWE, Michael

May 31, 1951-August 3, 2000

My beloved Mike peacefully went on Thursday after his long and fierce battle with Cancer. He will always be in our hearts.

Please join me for a memorial service onTuesday, August 8, 2000, at

5:30 p.m. at Elings Park to say goodbye.

|With all my love,

|Mica Hase


86, of Reno, NV, formerly a long-time Santa Barbara merchant, banker, musician and author died July 22, 2000 at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

The widower of Ethel Surowitz, he was born in Houston, TX and grew up in Detroit, MI, where he owned and operated several retail clothing stores. Before moving to New Hampshire with his family in 1991, he resided in Santa Barbara for 20 years where he owned and operated Kid's Stuff in Goleta and served in the banking industry at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. A life-long violinist, he played locally in the Santa Barbara Community and Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestras.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marlene Surowitz; a daughter and son-in-law, Lanie and Dr Jay Keystone; seven grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; two brothers; one sister and a large extended family.

Interment was at Temple Beth Abraham Cemetery in Nashua, NH.

CARRIERE, OFM, Fr David Gerard

Of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan) died August 4. He was born in Oakland, CA. May 1, 1937, to Victor J Carriere and Bernardine M Minton Carriere. The family lived one block from the Franciscans at St Elizabeth's Church. Two sisters, Jeannine and Charmaine and two brothers, Vic and Ron survive him. 

Fr David attended St Elizabeth's Grade School. After he graduated he entered St Anthony's Seminary High School in Santa Barbara to study for the priesthood. He then went on to study philosophy at Old Mission San Luis Rey. Returning to Old Mission Santa Barbara where he completed four years of theology, and was ordained a priest in December of 1963. He did graduate studies in Religious Education for campus ministries at Fordham University. 

His first assignment was St Mary's Parish, Stockton, CA., ministering to the County Hospital and Hispanics. He loved working with the Hispanics and spoke fluent Spanish. He taught at Serra High School, Salem, Oregon. And for eight years worked at Mt Carmel Parish, Fresno and did campus ministry. 

At CSU Sacramento, Fr David also did campus ministry. He worked at St Francis Parish and Student House. In 1979 Fr David came to Old Mission Santa Barbara where for the last twenty years he has ministered to Hillside House, which he loved and would always play Christmas carols on the piano after he celebrated mass. He enjoyed offering mass for the inmates at County Jail. And was most helpful to Sister Maria Inez with the "New Beginning Experience Retreat" for divorced and separated. He would be there when needed to help with a Spanish Encuentro. Casa de Maria was another favorite place for a day of recollection or retreat. And he was always willing to help out in any parish that needed help. 

Fr David loved good music, he played the piano and organ, collected saying's and published a small booklet entitled Thorns Have Roses. Like St Francis he loved all of nature, especially Sister Water. 

The Vigil Service for Fr David will be at 7 PM on August 8 at Old Mission Santa Barbara. And the Mass of Resurrection will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday August 9. 

The family has requested that donations be made to the Franciscan Friars-Serra Wing, Old Mission Santa Barbara. To be used for the care of our elderly and sick Franciscans.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

FARRELL, Josephine, E (Burkard)

88, of Santa Barbara, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at Marian Extended Care in Santa Maria.

She is survived by her sons: Thomas of Escondido, CA, Daniel of Orcutt, daughters: Adrienne of Englewood, CA and Joan of Santee, CA, 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

She is to interred with her husband, Thomas J Farrell at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

GRIMM, MD, Dr John E

90, born May 24, 1910, died August 6, 2000 in a local Santa Maria hospital. 

Dr Grimm was born and raised in Wellsville, OH. He attended Ohio University and Ohio State where he received his BS Degree and MD Degree. He was an anesthesiologist in private practice in Santa Monica from 1942-1976.

Following his retirement in 1977 he and his wife moved to Solvang, CA and then to Santa Maria in 1981.

He was a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Center Association District #5 Bay.

He was an avid golfer and former member of the Riviera Club, the Alisal Golf Club and the Santa Maria Country Club.

Beloved father of: daughters; Ann and William R Gabel, Dallas, TX, Suzannah and Marshall Sale Hermosa Beach, sons; John W and Karen Grimm, Medford, OR, William H and Joan Grimm, Santa Maria, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Vera H. Grimm who died May 30, 1997.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Cremation was requested with private inurnment to be in the Memory Garden of the Dudley-Hoffman Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Marian Medical Foundation or to Marian Extended Care, 1400 E Church St, Santa Maria, CA 93454.

Services are under the direction of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.


88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2000. She was preceded in death by Stanley, her husband of sixty two years. Helen was born and raised in Canada where she studied nursing. After she completed her studies, she worked as a private duty nurse for seventeen years. 

She and Stan came to California in the 1940's. They ran a bakery in Carpinteria for five years. Following that, Helen worked as a registered nurse at the Cottage Hospital for twenty years until her retirement. Helen was an avid gardener. She and Stanley enjoyed traveling in their retirement. 

Throughout her lifetime Helen was involved with many service organizations The Shepherds were active members of the Carpinteria Community Church. They delivered meals to shut-ins for Meal Service in the Summerland and Carpinteria areas. She was a member of the Abigail Group of the Women's Association of the Community Church. She and Stan were members of the Scottish Society of Santa Barbara. She was a member and past president of the Carpinteria Woman's Club. She volunteered as a mentor and reading teacher at Canalino School. 

Helen will be missed by her many friends in the community and at church. Her smile lit up hearts. A Memorial Sevice will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 11:00 am at the Carpinteria Community Church, at 1111 Vallecito Road with a reception following.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.


40, of Summerland, CA, died Saturday, August 5, 2000. Born Hamburg, NY, Mr Stook was a long time resident of Syracuse, NY where he taught Elementary Education before relocating to the West Coast. Mr Stook was employed with the Department of the Navy where he continued his teaching career at Port Hueneme Naval Base.

Surviving are several cousins and friends. He is the son of the late Francis J Stook and Eva A Moses Stook; brother of the late John J Stook.

A Memorial Service will be held at a future date.

Contributions may be made to the Children's AIDS Foundation or the Names Project Santa Barbara.

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

BUNT, Kenneth Carl

42 Years Old Beloved Father, Son, Grandson, Brother and Cousin, passed away Friday, August 4, 2000, with his loving family by his side. 

He was born March 1, 1958, in Santa Barbara. He is survived by his parents Mary and Reginald Cordero of Santa Barbara, father Max Bunt of Texas, Daughter Athena Bunt, Brothers and sister Mark, Byron, Michael Bunt, Reggie and Carol Cordero, all of Santa Barbara. He is also survived by his Grandmother Carolina Mares as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Kenny will be remembered as a joyful and caring person, full of humor, and for his easy demeanor and willingness to tackle any project. Kenny will also be known for his quick wit, sense of humor and generosity. He was a great storyteller and liked to tell jokes. During his life, he touched so many people in a way that they will never forget. Kenny will be deeply missed. 

Services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Monday, August 14, 2000, at 11.00 am. Graveside services will be conducted at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E. Sola Street, Santa Barbara.


Sam Farris, of Santa Barbara, passed away on August 8, 2000. One of 10 children, Sam was born in Winchester, Tennessee April 14, 1926. As a child he migrated with his family to Avila Beach, California. Directed by an enterprising father, the family established and developed a business in commercial fishing and sales, charter boat fishing and boat building. 

Honorably discharged in 1946, he served in the United States Navy Air Force as bombardier. In later life he developed his own business offering tugboat, salvage and various offshore commercial services. A man of the sea, he spent his life on or around the water and was sometimes heard to say, 'not everyone gets to spend their life doing work they really like. I am one of the lucky ones.' 

Sam departed on his final voyage from the warm bosom of his own home with caring family at his side. He leaves a beloved and loving wife, Monte. Daughters: Donna Dominguez, Diane Twine and Debra Gall. Sons: Steven Farris and Sam David Farris. Step-sons: Paul Engvalson and Christopher Engvalson, fourteen grandchildren and six brothers and sisters. 

Honoring his wishes, Sam's ashes will be scattered at sea, Sunday, August 13 with later, an informal gathering at Santa Barbara Harbor. 

The family wishes to express gratitude to Hospice of Santa Barbara and the many fine support members who helped during a heart-wrenching time. 

DIETRICH, MD Sanford Roy

80, Santa Barbara died unexpectedly on Thursday, 8/10/00 at home. 

Dr Dietrich was born on 12/6/19 in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Yale University in 1941 and graduated first in his class from Yale University Medical School in 1944. He served as a Lieutenant JG Navy doctor during World War II in the Pacific and the Panama Canal Zone. He then practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery in St. Louis, MO until 1950, then Los Angeles, CA until 1956, then Coronado, CA until 1957, and finally moved in 1957 to Santa Barbara where he practiced until his retirement in 1986. During his practice in Santa Barbara Dr Dietrich served as President of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society. 

Dr Dietrich was preceded in death by one son, Roy Robertson Dietrich. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Nancy Robertson Dietrich, Santa Barbara, their children, Sandra Dietrich Cook, Santa Barbara, Stephen Winters Dietrich, Gwynedd Valley, PA and Kathy Dietrich Loest, Oak View, CA, 8 grandchildren and 3 brothers. 

Memorial Services will be at 11 am, Tuesday, 8/15/00 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association. 

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

MULLINS, Alberta Frances Lugo

widow of James H Mullins, died Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at the Cottage Hospital after a brief illness. Her mother, Elodia M Lugo of Santa Barbara, two brothers Richard E Lugo and his wife Virginia of Santa Barbara, LeRoy H Lugo and his wife Barbara of Fremont, California, survives her. Also nieces Sandra Lugo of Santa Barbara, Denise Mowatt of Oregon. and nephews Craig Lugo of Newport Beach and Mark Lugo of Santa Barbara. 

Alberta was born on Oct 7, 1921 in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in June of 1940. She was a member of Los Decendientes. Alberta is an eighth generation descendent of soldiers who came to the Presidio in 1782. She retired from the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department in December 1983. 

A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Saturday, August 19, 11:00 AM, at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 East Sola Street. A reception will be held after the service at 4574 Atascadero, Santa Barbara.


passed away in Santa Rosa, August 11, 2000.

Loving husband to Dorothy Reynolds of Santa Rosa, beloved father of Carole S Harding of Venta, OR, Jacqueline D Busk of Las Vegas, NV & the late Todd D Reynolds. Dear brother of Allen Reynolds of Hesperia, CA, Dorothy Gulon of Prairie Grove, AR, Paul Reynolds Medford, OR, the late Donald Reynolds & June Zehmeyer. Also survived by three granddaughters & one grandson who preceded him in death. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A native of Los Angeles. Age 74 years.

A WWII Veteran, US Navy. He was a member of the Church of Christ Latter day Saints -Santa Rosa 1st Ward and SIRS Branch #17.

Services were held Aug. 14th at Church of Christ Latter day Saints, 5301 Badger Rd, Santa Rosa Private interment Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, CA.

If desired donations in his memory may be made to Memorial Hospice or to the Council on Aging. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL.

BENSON, Robert T

died in his sleep of natural causes on Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at his home in Carpinteria. He was 86. Mr. Benson was born August 14, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lived in Santa Barbara County for the last 50 years. He owned the Mobil Station on State and Mission Streets and the Atlantic Richfield Station at State and La Cumbre Streets, both in Santa Barbara, before retiring in 1976. His passions included antique firearms and automobile racing. He was a active member of the National Rifleman's Association, an charter member of the Santa Barbara Historical Arms Association, a member of the Old Timers' Racing Association and of the Santa Barbara Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.

He leaves behind many friends and his wife, Victoria Bedell Benson, three daughters, Diana Wolf, Christy Benson and Suzanne Benson, six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

A graveside burial service will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery on Cravens Lane. A reception will follow.

Arrangements are by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, friends may remember their favorite charity.

FOSTER, Rick Earl

Born September 13, 1948 in Vancouver, Washington Passed away August 16, 2000 in Santa Barbara, California.

The family moved to Santa Barbara in 1955. He was a San Marcos High School graduate. As a young man he moved to Hawaii where be was General Manager on a charter fishing boat and a deck hand. 

He is preceded in death by his brother Ronald T Foster. He is survived by his two children; Daniel E Foster of Henderson, NV, and Jamie-Lee Foster of Las Vegas; Father Robert E Foster (Step-mother MaryAnne), mother Joyce E Norman (Step-father Irvin) Yadkinville, NC; three brothers, Robin A Foster (Sandee) of Rio Rancho, NM, Randy A. Foster of Santa Barbara and Rodney J Foster (Suzy) of Santa Maria; paternal grandmother Clara Foster of Tucson, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

He is now in the loving arms of Jesus.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 4:00 PM at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive, Goleta.

KELLEHER, Lawrence A

A Funeral Mass for Lawrence A Kelleher, 71, of Santa Ynez, will be 9:30 AM Saturday, 8/19/2000 at the Ole Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, CA. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara.

Mr Kelleher was born Oct. 24, 1928 in Santa Barbara and had lived in Santa Barbara County all his life. He owned and operated an appliance sales and repair business in Santa Ynez for many years. A Korean Conflict veteran, he was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Radio Control Modelers Club.

Mr Kelleher died Tuesday, 8/15/2000 at Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital in Santa Barbara after a lengthy illness.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Kelleher of Santa Ynez; daughters, Carol Davies of Tucson, AZ, Linda Ayala of Santa Barbara, Laura Reed of Nipomo, Sue Cherry of Sweetwater, TX, Nancy Diaz of Santa Ynez, Karen Blackmon of Dover, Del, Amy Ramirez of Jacksonville, Fla, and Mille Kelleher of Santa Ynez, sons, Mark of Santa Barbara, David of Goleta, Michael of So Lake Tahoe, and Don of Santa Ynez; sister, Lenora Ramette of Arizona; 25 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation from 2-5 Friday, 8/18/00 at Loper Funeral Chapel, Solvang, CA.

Contributions to Beverly manor Convalescent Hospital, 2225 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 931000 or the charity of choice.

Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.

MENDES, Janet Kathryn

Janet passed away August 8, 2000. 

Janet was born July 6, 1953 in Pasadena, Ca. the daughter of Pauline and Stanley H. Mendes. She moved to Santa Barbara with her family at age 2 and spent her life here. She graduated from Peabody Elementary, La Colina Jr. High, attended San Marcos High and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1971. She was an attractive, lovable girl with a sunny personality who attracted many friends. She enjoyed camping and skiing with her family, going to the beach, and swimming at the YMCA. She was popular and received excellent grades throughout her school life. She was considered a bright, intelligent young woman who was going on to college. Friends remember that she was an especially kind and considerate person who was selfless in her love for her friends and family. She was an adventurous, and courageous soul, having traveled alone to Hawaii on three occasions. She will be greatly missed. 

In later years, Janet struggled with mental illness and that illness diminished the bright light that was Janet's shining personality. All Janet's family and long-term friends will remember the better times and her great promise. Still she remained a sweet, lovable, kind, generous friend to all she met and will be missed by recent friends. 

Janet is survived by her loving parents and sister, Marilyn J. Mendes , and nephews David and Danny of Santa Maria, brother, Stanley D. Mendes and wife Michelle, nephew Jason and niece Heather of Truckee, Ca. Memorial services will be held August 25, 4:00 pm at Stevens Park, Santa Barbara.

MORROW, Robert N
(obit dated 8/18/00)
80, died Monday in Santa Barbara. Born in Swissvale, Penn on January 15, 1920. Served in the Army during WWII for 42 months in the South Pacific in 5 Campaigns. Mr Morrow was active with the First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, American Legion Post #49 and Swissvale, Penn VFW and Ship and Gun command Number 1. 

Came to Santa Barbara in 1962 and a local house painter for over 32 years.

Survived by his wife, Ruth, Whom He married in Penn. Oct 19, 1946. Their daughter, Cynthia Ann died in January 1985. His brother, Donald R Morrow and his wife, Dolores of Penn.

Visitation Sunday, Noon til 5 PM McDermott-Crockett Mortuary, Memorial Service, Monday 11 AM at First United Methodist Church, Anapamu and Garden Street. Private interment, Santa Barbara Cemetery

In Lieu of flowers; friends may remember the First United Methodist Church, Visiting Nurses or Braille Institute in his memory.

McDermott-Crockett Mortuary in charge of arrangements.