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ALBON, Carol
as a result of a stroke on October 4, 1999. She had resided in Fredericka Manor, a retirement community in Chula Vista with her husband Joseph (who passed away in 1996) for the past seven years. Born in Grants Pass, Oregon, the former Carol Lambrecht was a long time Santa Barbara resident, having attended Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara State College. Carol was a kindergarten and special education teacher for Goleta Valley Union School District for many years.
She was a member of the Assistance League and Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She is survived by a daughter, Christy Albon, a son Stephen Albon and three grandchildren, all of San Diego; a sister, Erma Lambrecht Hart of Long Beach.
Donations may be made to the Heart Association in her memory.

GORTON, Dean A
Dean Gorton died Saturday October 16, 1999 in Durango, Colorado after a brief and sudden illness. He was 81. Dean was born Nov 5 1917 in South Dakota.
He is survived by his wife Helen of Solvang, Ca, daughter Valerie of Durango, Co, sons Tom and his wife Deborah of Durango, Co, Jerry and wife Barbara of Phoenix, AZ, and Mike and wife Mary of Lafayette, Co, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Dean was a star athlete at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Ca lettering for 3 years in varsity basketball, track and tennis. He was also a golden glove-boxing champion.
The Gorton family moved to Santa Barbara in 1961 where Dean owned a plumbing supply business. His sons all graduated from San Marcos High School where all three played on the golf team. The entire family enjoyed many years of golf in the 60's and 7O's as members of La Cumbre Golf Course.
Dean and Helen retired to Santa Ynez in 1976. He loved the outdoors. He fished at Lake Cachuma, played golf at Alisal and grew abundant vegetables in his garden. Above all else he was devoted to his family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday Nov 6 at 300 PM at the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1400 Fjord Dr, Solvang, Ca.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Junior Golf Association 3999 Via Lucero A-1, Santa Barbara, Ca 93110.

TAFT, Robert Owen
born September 12, 1908 in Detroit Michigan passed away peacefully on October 19, 1999 at the age of 91. He retired in 1969 after 35 years as an electrical engineer for Electrical Products Corporation in Los Angeles. "Bob", as he was affectionately called, moved to Carpinteria seven years ago from Arizona and in June of 1998 came to Santa Barbara and became a resident of Wood Glenn Hall. He loved his new home and made many new friends there. He loved to show off his family when they visited and even took up Spanish while there.
Bob is preceded in death by his first wife Edythe Taft of Studio City, California, his former wife Florence Ransom lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona. He is survived by his daughter Barbara Rubino and son-in-law Mark of Santa Barbara, his daughter Cynthia Allen of San Diego, grandson Mark Kassity and wife Kristyn of San Clemente, granddaughter Nadine Kassity of Del Mar, granddaughter Jeannine Kassity of Buellton, granddaughters Kasey and Audrey Farnsworth, Vanessa and Emma Allen all of San Diego and two great grandsons Steven and Jonathan Kassity of San Clemente. His wishes were to have his ashes scattered at sea and no memorial service.

Your rocking chair is empty, the one you left behind
But we know you got a better one, a very special kind
God called you up to heaven, were sure of what we say
You've gone to be with angels, we know it was planned that way,
Heaven is a wonderful place, so we've always been told
the Bible says there's pearly gates and pathways paved with gold.
You know we sure do miss you, we feel our empty hearts
strange how you were there one night and the next day we were apart.
When you were ready to go God took your hurt away, he is so great and kind
but there is an empty place within the ones you left behind.
Don't be afraid without us, God will take care of you,
and when it's time for that great day we'll all be there with you.
You gave us so much happiness, love and lots of joy,
and our memory is one gift of Gods that passing cannot destroy.
We love you dad, grandpa and great grandpa
Many thanks to the Cottage Hospital Staff in the E R & 5 South and to Chaplain Tina for the care, concern and kindness in his last hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wood Glen Hall.
Arrangements made by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels 

FRAWLEY, Hope Dorothea
passed away on October 21, 1 999, at the age of 88 yrs. She was born in 1911 in East Providence, Rhode Island. At age 1 0 yrs , she moved to California where she spent the rest of her life. Hope had a great wanderlust, never living in one home for more than five years for most of her life. In 1979, she settled in Carpinteria to be by her family. She was a wonderful mother and homemaker, kind but firm. Hope adored her grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor and was a creative seamstress.
She is survived by her sister, May Westmann of Oceanside, CA, her son, Kent Remsen of Carpinteria, CA, her granddaughter, Nicole Remsen Kahan and her husband Aaron and their baby son Benjamin who now reside in Burbank, CA.
Arrangements by Neptune Society of Santa Barbara.

JOHNSON, Dr M Bruce
Dr Martin Bruce Johnson passed away suddenly on Monday, October 18, 1999 at the age of 66 years.
Bruce was born on September 11, 1933 in St Paul, Minnesota. He received in BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and his PhD in Economics from Northwestern.
In 1964, while teaching at the University of Washington, he met and married his best friend and wife Elenore Kershner Johnson. In 1968, the couple moved to Goleta, California when Bruce accepted a position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Over the next thirty years, he raised three children, taught Economics at UCSB and held many positions of distinction in the field of economics. In 1994, he moved to Las Vegas to become an entrepreneur and opened Bull's-Eye Billiards & Barstools.
To sum up Bruce's life in a few small paragraphs is impossible. Just know that he was a man of principle and integrity. He stood for what was right in this world. He was a loving husband and father and would have done anything for his family. He was an inspiration to many of his students and loved to teach. He loved running a business and was happy and thriving in Las Vegas. His family, friends & colleagues will sorely miss him.
He is survived by his wife, Elenore Johnson; his children, Karla Johnson, Paula Johnson, and Martin Johnson; his brother and sister-in-law, Craig & Kris Johnson; his mother, Evelyn Johnson; and his dearest most treasured friends,

Henry and Wilma Large.
Memorial services will be held Friday, October 29th; 3pm at the Welch-Ryce- Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E Sola St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Memorial contributions can be made on Bruce's behalf to The Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakland CA 94621.

MORRIS JR, Donald "Chip" Lee
Died Wednesday October 13, 1999.
Donations may be made to the Alex Morris Fund at either Wells Fargo Bank, La Cumbre Plaza, 3804 State Street, SB, CA 93105 or Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara Main Office, 20 E Carrillo, SB 93101

O'NEIL, Phyllis D
Phyllis D O'Neil died in Santa Barbara, CA on October 23, 1999. Born in Milford, NH, on June 9, 1914, she was the daughter of James W and Emma C Dodge. She was predeceased by husband, Charles who died in 1987.
Mrs O'Neil was a graduate of Milford High School in 1932, and of Plymouth State College in 1935 and taught at the Bedford Center School, Bedford NH for several years, she was a resident of Manchester, NH for many years before moving to California.
She is survived by a son, Brian W O'Neil of Oak Harbor, WA, a daughter, Joyce C O'Neil of Santa Barbara, CA, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Evelyn D Young of Orange, CA.
Cremation took place in Santa Barbara. Committal services will be held in the spring with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Milford, NH.

GLISSON, Avis A Meneley
A Service will be held for Avis Adell Meneley Glisson at the Ballard Cemetery Wednesday October 27th, at eleven o'clock.
Avis passed away Saturday night, October 23, 1999 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara due to natural causes. She was eighty-six and a half years old. Avis was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma on March 31, 1913. She and husband Jesse Lee Meneley moved to California in 1946 with their four children, finally settling in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1957. After owning the Mobil station in Santa Ynez for several years, she relocated to Buellton, where she raised gardens and grandchildren for the last thirty-three years.
Avis will be laid to rest next to her first husband, Jesse, and with the ashes of her oldest son, Bill Earl Meneley, who passed away two years ago. She was preceded in death also by her youngest son, Bruce O Meneley, and grandson Steve Wynn. She is survived by her sister, Bea Snow, of Paso Robles; brother JD Brown, of Atascadero; son Bob Meneley, of Buellton, 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Her love and leadership of this family will never be forgotten, and her spirit never far from our hearts.

JOHNSON, Dr M Bruce
Dr Martin Bruce Johnson passed away suddenly on Monday, October 18, 1999 at the age of 66 years.
Bruce was born on September 11, 1933 in St Paul, Minnesota. He received in BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and his PhD in Economics from Northwestern.
In 1964, while teaching at the University of Washington, he met and married his best friend and wife Elenore Kershner Johnson. In 1968, the couple moved to Goleta, California when Bruce accepted a position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Over the next thirty years, he raised three children, taught Economics at UCSB and held many positions of distinction in the field of economics. In 1994, he moved to Las Vegas to become an entrepreneur and opened Bull's-Eye Billiards & Barstools.
To sum up Bruce's life in a few small paragraphs is impossible. Just know that he was a man of principle and integrity. He stood for what was right in this world. He was a loving husband and father and would have done anything for his family. He was an inspiration to many of his students and loved to teach. He loved running a business and was happy and thriving in Las Vegas. His family, friends & colleagues will sorely miss him.
He is survived by his wife, Elenore Johnson; his children, Karla Johnson, Paula Johnson, and Martin Johnson; his brother and sister-in-law, Craig & Kris Johnson; his mother, Evelyn Johnson; and his dearest most treasured friends, Henry and Wilma Large.
Memorial services will be held Friday, October 29th; 3pm at the Welch-Ryce- Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E Sola St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Memorial contributions can be made on Bruce's behalf to The Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakland CA 94621.

JORDAN, Raymond H
76, born March 24, 1923, died October 23, 1999 in Sutter Delta Medical Center, Antioch, CA after a long illness.
He was a resident of Discovery Bay, CA for 10 years formerly of Santa Barbara for 16 years. He was a native of Anaheim, CA.
He served in the US Navy. Mr Jordan was a Pipe Line Supervisor with Southern California Gas Company for 39 years.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Anaheim and a member of the Elks in Anaheim and Santa Barbara.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosella Jordan of Discovery Bay, daughter Virginia Louise Johnson, Auburn, CA, son Gary Raymond Jordan, Concord, CA, 4 nieces and 4 nephews, 7 grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 brother and 4 sisters.
Funeral Services will be held October 31, 1999, 2:00 pm with visitation from Noon to 2 pm at Brentwood Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Santa Barbara Cemetery, Tuesday Nov 2, 1999 at 1:00 pm.
Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Brentwood Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

GANS, William C
August 1,1921 - October 24, 1999
William Gans was born in Poland Mines, Pennsylvania, the youngest of six children born to a country doctor and his wife. He grew up in this small coal-mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania, leaving home to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut for a year, and then transferring to the University of Michigan. He graduated with a B S in Chemical Engineering in 1943. His first job out of college was working as a chemical engineer for Alcoa, before going into a lead and silver mining venture in Leadpoint, Washington.
In May, 1944 he enlisted in the Navy and saw active duty in the Pacific theater on the destroyer Fred T Berry; receiving his honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946. After leaving the Navy, he returned to mining, this time in a silver/lead mining venture in what is now North Cascades National Park. It was there he met and fell in love with Elizabeth "Bucky" Buckner. They married on September 7,1947 in Stehekin, Washington. Although during their married life they worked and traveled all over the world, Stehekin was always "home" to them.
Bill spent five years in Wenatchee, Washington as a rancher, and worked at various enterprises, including Culligan soft water, storm doors and windows, building materials, and building new homes. It was there that the couples' three children were born. The call of mining was irresistible, however, and in 1955 he moved to Mexico with the family, where he went to work for Baroid, a company which produced drilling mud materials for the oil industry. Following three years in Mexico, the family moved to Salvador, Brazil, where they lived for seventeen years. During most of this time, Mr Gans was responsible for the operation of a barite mining operation on an island 60 miles south of Salvador. The assignment in Brazil was followed by a two year return to Mexico City, then three years in London as Baroid's Director of Procurement for Eastern Hemisphere Operations. He closed out his career with Baroid at the home office in Houston, Texas in 1983.
In 1988, he and Bucky moved to Goleta to be near family, and where they built a home on land he had developed starting in 1978. During his retirement years, they traveled extensively, raised avocados, and spent the summer months in Stehekin, Washington, where they had met, and where Bucky was raised. In September 1997 they celebrated their Golden anniversary at the spot where they were married.
Bill's life was filled with courage, energy, commitment, love of family, generosity and devotion to righteousness. He was intensely interested in and committed to his children, his extended family, and the wide circle of friends they had acquired and kept - literally all over the world. He impacted the lives of countless people in positive and encouraging ways. He was an active member of the 1st Church of Christ Scientist in Goleta, and prior to that in Houston, where he served as First Reader.
He is survived by his brother, Paul Gans of Pasadena, his sister, Emily Merritt of La Jolla, his wife, Bucky, his sons Carl and Phil, all of Goleta, his daughter, Judy Gans of Sudbury, Mass , nine grandchildren (one of whom was born the day after his death), 7 nieces and 13 nephews, all of whom will miss him very much, and all of whom are richer for having known him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 31, at 1:00 pm at Las Positas Friendship Park - Godric Grove.

OHLSON, Nathan James
43, died in a motorcycle accident on October 18, 1999 in Orlando, FL. Born in Los Angeles, he moved to Santa Barbara with his family in 1965. Nathan graduated from Dos Pueblos High School. He was employed at Hyer Schulte and later co-owned the Ogenio, a shrimp trawler out of Santa Barbara harbor. Moving to Maui he worked on a sport fishing boat and later in construction. Upon returning to the mainland in 1992 he settled in Ft Myers, FL with a job as deck hand on a day-cruise boat of the Europa Line, later becoming captain of the ship, Fun Kruz.
Six months ago he and his fiancee, Kimberly Dean, with her daughter Mandy moved to Orlando where he was attending the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. Their future plans were marriage and opening a Harley motorcycle accessory and repair shop in Ft Myers.
A Memorial service was held in Ft Myers on Saturday, October 23 where there was a great outpouring of love and respect from his crew, friends and family. His ashes were spread at sea where he spent much of his life.
Nathan is survived by two young daughters, Jamie Malia and Dana Joy Ohlson of Newton, NJ, fiancee Kimberly Dean of Ft Myers, father and mother, John and Virginia Ohlson of Solvang, CA, sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Leonard Morrell of Solvang, nephew and niece, Ryan and Jenny Morrell of Solvang, and numerous aunts uncles, and cousins.
Contributions may be sent to a trust fund established for his daughters at: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, 950 W Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33612, Acct No 4019662-00

Valencia, Victoria Esther
passed away peacefully at her home on October 27, 1999.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph Valencia. She is survived by her loving children; John and Don Booth, Christine Proctor, Paula Babcock all of Santa Barbara, sisters Lucy Lopez, Mary Failla both of Santa Barbara, brothers, Alvino Jacinto of Santa Barbara, Joe Jacinto or Oxnard, 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 29, 1999 at McDermott-Crockett Mortuary from 3-8 pm. Services will be Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 10:00 . McDermott-Crockett Mortuary Chapel.

GANS, William C
August 1,1921 - October 24, 1999
William Gans was born in Poland Mines, Pennsylvania, the youngest of six children born to a country doctor and his wife. He grew up in this small coal-mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania, leaving home to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut for a year, and then transferring to the University of Michigan. He graduated with a B S in Chemical Engineering in 1943. His first job out of college was working as a chemical engineer for Alcoa, before going into a lead and silver mining venture in Leadpoint, Washington.
In May, 1944 he enlisted in the Navy and saw active duty in the Pacific theater on the destroyer Fred T Berry; receiving his honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946. After leaving the Navy, he returned to mining, this time in a silver/lead mining venture in what is now North Cascades National Park. It was there he met and fell in love with Elizabeth "Bucky" Buckner. They married on September 7,1947 in Stehekin, Washington. Although during their married life they worked and traveled all over the world, Stehekin was always "home" to them.
Bill spent five years in Wenatchee, Washington as a rancher, and worked at various enterprises, including Culligan soft water, storm doors and windows, building materials, and building new homes. It was there that the couples' three children were born. The call of mining was irresistible, however, and in 1955 he moved to Mexico with the family, where he went to work for Baroid, a company which produced drilling mud materials for the oil industry. Following three years in Mexico, the family moved to Salvador, Brazil, where they lived for seventeen years. During most of this time, Mr Gans was responsible for the operation of a barite mining operation on an island 60 miles south of Salvador. The assignment in Brazil was followed by a two year return to Mexico City, then three years in London as Baroid's Director of Procurement for Eastern Hemisphere Operations. He closed out his career with Baroid at the home office in Houston, Texas in 1983.
In 1988, he and Bucky moved to Goleta to be near family, and where they built a home on land he had developed starting in 1978. During his retirement years, they traveled extensively, raised avocados, and spent the summer months in Stehekin, Washington, where they had met, and where Bucky was raised. In September 1997 they celebrated their Golden anniversary at the spot where they were married.
Bill's life was filled with courage, energy, commitment, love of family, generosity and devotion to righteousness. He was intensely interested in and committed to his children, his extended family, and the wide circle of friends they had acquired and kept - literally all over the world. He impacted the lives of countless people in positive and encouraging ways. He was an active member of the 1st Church of Christ Scientist in Goleta, and prior to that in Houston, where he served as First Reader.
He is survived by his brother, Paul Gans of Pasadena, his sister, Emily Merritt of La Jolla, his wife, Bucky, his sons Carl and Phil, all of Goleta, his daughter, Judy Gans of Sudbury, Mass , nine grandchildren (one of whom was born the day after his death), 7 nieces and 13 nephews, all of whom will miss him very much, and all of whom are richer for having known him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 31, at 1:00 pm at Las Positas Friendship Park - Godric Grove.

KASSEBAUM, Dorothy H
a resident of Santa Barbara passed away October 24, 2999, she was 93.
A Memorial Tea is being planned and private inurnment services will be held at a later date in Pasadena, CA.
Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

DAWE, Reginald G Dave "Reggie"
90, of Santa Barbara passed away quietly in his sleep October 28, 1999. He had resided at Beverly LaCumbre Care Center since earlier this year.
Reggie celebrated his 90th birthday in July with friends at the Westside Senior Center,
Born at the family home on W Arrellaga St.
Reggie was preceded in death by his entire family. A life-long resident of Santa Barbara, Reggie supported himself as a radio repairman - this despite his disability resultant from childhood polio. He was an avid ham radio operator, (W6HUT) & past president of the S.B Amateur Radio Club.
Mr Dawe was also a Charter Member of the Missionary Church of now known as Hope Community Church. He attended church there regularly until the time of his "home-going". Reggie had many friends, and many wonderful caregivers; the people of Hope Church were his special "brothers & sisters" in the Lord.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Church, 560 N La Cumbre on Tues, Nov 2nd at 4pm. Pastor Ben Sigman will officiate. Flowers may be sent c/o the church; memorial contributions may be directed to the SB Rescue Mission.

SCOTT, Gwendolyn
Gwen Scott died peacefully at home on Monday, October 18, 1999, at the age of 83. She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Stuhlman, and granddaughter, Barbara Oxley, both of Kansas City, Missouri.
Gwen married Morton Scott in 1943 and lived in the LA area until 1973 when they moved to Montecito. They met while he was Music Director for Republic Pictures and she was a contract player for Paramount under her maiden name, Gwen Kenyon. Gwen had grown up in Hollywood, going to Hollywood High School. During her teen years she both modeled and acted before being discovered by Paramount. Her first film was "True Confessions," with John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, and Fred MacMurray. During the '30'sand '40's Gwen appeared in more than 25 films, including "Gone With The Wind," and acted with all the major stars of her time. Of all her accomplishments, Gwen was most proud of the work she did outside of her acting career. She was an American Red Cross instructor and ambulance driver; taught First Aid at the Milton Berry Institute for disabled children and young adults; was the first president of the Ladies Auxilary of Variety Clubs International; and here in Santa Barbara she worked to support the Music Academy of the West for 22 years. She was president of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Music Academy in '83 and '84, and was recently elected Honorary Women's Auxiliary Member- only the seventh woman so honored in 50 years. Gwen was also actively involved in work supporting the Lobero Theatre.
Gwen took the following quote and added to it to make it her own:
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak to me in the same easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play. Smile. Think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.
Thank you to Gwen's many doctors and nurses, to the compassionate caregivers who were with her the last six days of her life, to Leigh who is goodness personified, and especially to Steve and Linda who loved her like a son and daughter. There are indeed angels among us here on earth
There will be a memorial service and celebration of Gwen's life at Stewart Hall, Music Academy of the West in Montecito on Sunday, November 14 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Academy of the West, to the Hospice of Santa Barbara, the American Cancer Association, or to the charity of your choice.
Gwen will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

STARBUCK, Edward Baxter Jr,
born in Santa Barbara in 1922 and a community leader during his active life, died October 28, 1999 from complications caused by Huntington's Disease.
"Bax" graduated from Laguna Blanca School and attended Pomona College until his call up by the US Army in May of 1943. He served for three years in the 821st Tank Destroyer Battalion until his discharge as a Captain at the end of World War II in Europe. In later years his often told and sometimes hilarious stores about his tour of duty and fellow officers emphasized his profound pride in serving his country.
Upon his return to this country he was given his degree from Pomona and attended Harvard Business School, graduating in 1948.
His long and successful investment counseling career in Santa Barbara began as an association with Thomas Sears which eventually became the firm of Starbuck Tisdale (now Starbuck, Tisdale & Assoc.)
He retired from active participation in 1983 due to his deteriorating health. In keeping with the tradition established by his grandfather, father and Mr Sears. Bax always had a keen interest in the community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Cottage Hospital for 15 years, 5 of those as president; he was president of the board of Laguna Blanca School, a board member and president of Neighborhood House, and sat on the boards of Community Chest (now the United Way), The Music Academy of the West, Children's Home Society, the Montecito Association, and the Montecito Foundation. He also served as president of the Santa Barbara Club from 1971 to 1973. He was elected to the board of the Santa Barbara Foundation in 1968; during his tenure he served on the Scholarship and appropriation Committees and chaired the Finance Committee. He became a Trustee of the Foundation in 1979. Throughout these years the creation of the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens from the estate left to the Foundation by Mrs. John H Child was one of his favorite projects.
He is survived by his sister, Charlotte Starbuck French; his daughter, Susan Starbuck Deering; his son, Charles Edward Starbuck, and his four grandchildren, Amy Elizabeth Deering, Kelsey Anne Deering, Lucas Haskell Starbuck and Michael Peck Starbuck.
His commitment to Santa Barbara was deep and matched only by his love for the area itself. He never wanted to live anywhere else. His integrity and fiduciary responsibility were his trademarks. It has been said that he never let the "left hand know what the right hand doeth" and as a consequence, people knew that whatever was entrusted to him would be held inviolate. He was a tower of strength in good times and in bad to all who looked his way. He was that rare person who puts duty before pleasure, honor before fame, integrity before profit and service before self. He loved his family and always seemed to find time to include them in his active life; he relished informal times at the beach, yearly vacations at Tahoe, hunting with his son and friends, and involvement with his children's hobbies and sports.
For those who so desire, charitable donations in Baxter's name, may be directed to the Santa Barbara Foundation, or The Foundation for Cottage Hospital, or a charity of choice.
The family invites Baxter's friends and associates to join with them in celebrating his life at a reception on Nov 9, at The Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, from 3 PM to 5 PM.

WEBER, Richard L
67, of Buellton, CA died Oct 17, 1999 at home.
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Richard came to Santa Barbara in 1962. He was a retired member of the Plumber/Pipefitters Union Local 114 since 1963. He graduated from Hamilton Catholic Hospital in June 1950 and joined the Army in 1952 where he served as a medic in the Korean War. Richard loved sports and excelled in baseball, bowling, golf and softball and was a volunteer for the YMCA as well as being a manager and coach for the Goleta Valley Little League for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; stepdaughter Lorna Silva (Robles), daughter Sandra Bales of Bradenton, FL, sons Terry Gilbert of Las Vegas, NV, Tony Gilbert of Santa Barbara, CA, Danny Gilbert of Atascadero, CA.
He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and neighbors.

WEST, Harley E
68, passed away on October 27,1999.
He is survived by his wife Nancy L West, son Stephan (Linda) West, daughters, Victoria Wojnar, Jennifer Nordin, grandchildren, Lisa, Stephan & William West, their mother Kathy, and Julie Nordin, sister Isabel Ost of California and many nieces, nephews and friends of long standing.
Mr West was born in Long Beach, CA and resided in Santa Barbara for 30 years where he was a contractor, rancher and raised and showed Irish Wolfhounds. He was a member of the Masonic and the Elks Lodges He retired in 1990 and moved to Tucson, AZ where he resided until his death.
Memorial Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 6, 1999 at 10:00 am in East Lawn Palms Mortuary - 5801 E Grant Road, Tucson, Arizona.

WURZBURGER, Thomas N
was born July 28, 1936 in Normal, IL and passed away in Santa Barbara, Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at the age of 63.
Mr Wurzburger was a soloist in numerous churches and performed with many musical organizations in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. His favorite and most challenging solo was the tenor role in "Messiah."
When he could not persuade any of the musical groups in Santa Barbara to perform "'Christ on the Mount of Olives," he formed the Santa Barbara Festival Chorale, along with a few dedicated musical friends, in 1983. The following year the group became the Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale and performed "Elijah". To date, the Oratorio Chorale is still a major performing group in Santa Barbara.
In 1993, Mr Wurzburger suffered a stroke after which he was unable to work or to sing in a performing role.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Wurzburger of Santa Barbara; two children, Jill Wurzburger of Santa Barbara and Karen Antonopoulos of Las Vegas, NV; one brother, Jim Wurzburger of Mildenhall, Suffolk, England; one grandchild, Kassie Antonopoulos of Las Vegas, NV; three nieces, Catherine Lunan Mary Adamson and Emma Wurzburger; two cousins, Kent Smith and Scott Smith. He is also survived by his mother, Virginia Wurzburger and was preceded in death by his father, John Wurzburger.
Mr Wurzburger's family wishes to thank Pastor Dale Morgan and the members of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church for all of their support and kindness during the past several years.
A memorial service will be held at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 12 at 1:00 pm In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church or to Transition House
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.


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