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He is survived by son's Bradley Whitford of Bakersfield, Brain Whitford, and Dale Whitford of Santa Ynez. He was a grandfather of six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren. Don was a lifelong resident of Santa Ynez Valley. There will be a celebration of…

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MaryEllen Ledbetter, 69, of Solvang passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after a brief illness.

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Famed stunsman, stunt coordinator, 2nd unit Director, accomplished commercial fisherman and long time Valley resident, Joe Canutt died on March 16th at Goleta Hospital while being transported home.

CAREN MINDY ELIN (aka Carey Williams) passed away March 3, 2018 at age 67.

It is with great sadness that the family of Denise “Nisie” Marie Birkholm announces her passing on April 6, 2018. At age 66 she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Nisie was born on May 25, 1951 in Wasco, WA to Thomas and Zita Nielsen and moved to Solvang soon after. She attende…

William “Bill” C. Martin, 70 of Los Alamos, passed away suddenly and peacefully at his home on March 12, 2018.

On Palm Sunday, March 25th, 2018, Susan Frances Miles Kelley of Santa Ynez lost her battle to cancer at the age of 75. She passed away peacefully in her sleep during the early morning hours surrounded by close family. She was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in November 2017 and was…

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Neelo was taken from us suddenly last Sunday. He leaves behind many family members, cousins, and friends. He was born in Santa Maria, CA to George Hansol Pagaling and Celine Marie De Smit. He leaves behind one daughter Page Pagaling, and one son Neiko Pagaling. He also has three sisters; Tan…

Elise Lindegaard Bates was born in Solvang, the third child of six, to Kristen and Thyra Lindegaard. “Lisa” was a sweet child who loved to care for others, a trait that would follow her for more than eight decades.

Mary Ellen Sullivan, 97, resident of Buellton, CA passed away February 27, 2018. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com

Sandra Ruth Partch Murphy, 54, went home to the arms of Jesus on February 6, 2018, following a valiant 5-year battle with cancer. Sandi was born in Santa Barbara, CA to Willard and Barbara Partch on June 3, 1963. At the age of fourteen, the family relocated to the Santa Ynez Valley, where Sa…

Neva Marie Mogensen Diaz passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Neva was born on July 10, 1941 in Minnesota. She moved to Buellton, California with her family at the age of 9 in 1950. Neva was a hairdresser with her own salon in Solvang, California for many years until, for health reason…

Beverly Morby (nee Mushlitz) age 91, died on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home in Solvang, California. She was born in Lewiston, Idaho on August 27, 1926. She moved to Ventura, California as a child and graduated from Ventura High School in 1944. She then went on to earn a bachelor's degr…

Andrew Joseph Denecochea III of Santa Ynez, California, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home.

Born on Easter Sunday, March 24, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, “Bob” Hutchison passed away on January 18, 2018. Bob moved to California with his family at age 4. He attended college elementary school and S.Y.V.U.H. School. He served in the Army Reserves for 5 years. Bob worked many years as a h…

It is with great sadness that the family of Garrett Charles Petersen announce his sudden passing on January 14, 2018 at the age of 24 years. Garrett was born in Santa Barbara, California, on July 31, 1993, and grew up along the Central California coast. He graduated from Santa Monica High Sc…

Bernard George Dennison passed away January 1, 2018. He was born July 12, 1924, in Hannibal, NY, to Harvey and Ruth (Parker) Dennison. He attended a one room, one teacher, 1st-8th grade school and then attended Hannibal High. After graduation, he worked on his family farm until he entered th…

Carolyn Ann (Kelli) Canady, 88, of Solvang, California, passed away on January 2nd, 2018. Carolyn was born to Harris Love Canady and Mary Louise Canady on September 1st, 1929 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is preceded in death by her sister, Helen Vann and her brother, Harris Love Canady…

Garrett Petersen, age 24, died Sunday, January 14, 2018, in Springfield, Oregon. A graveside service will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11am at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, California. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.

Margaret KULJIAN, Solvang resident of 50 years, passed into God's hands Dec. 31, 2017 at the age of 94. With a BA in Music from Redlands University, she taught school in Pasadena, Carpinteria and finally, 20 yrs. at Solvang Elementary. She was a 40 yr. member of the S.Y.V. Presby. Church. In…

The Santa Ynez Valley mourns the loss of longtime resident Kris Russell Kersten, devoted Rotarian, lover of nature, proud father, and a man known for his humor, helpfulness and an irresistible candor that could turn strangers into friends within minutes of meeting him.

Doris Christiansen Mitchell of Solvang passed away on Dec. 30, 2017 at Atterdag Village after a struggle with memory loss. She was 86.

On Friday, January 5, 2018, Our dear mother, Claudette F. Applebay passed away, surrounded by her loving family at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. Claudette had been an active resident of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez all of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, …

Linda Pratt, 76 years old, of Santa Ynez, California, passed away suddenly at the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, due to cardiac arrest.

The family of Judson William (“Bill”) Clark announced his recent passing on December 28, 2017 and his long ordeal with medical issues is finally at an end after a 16 year battle with cancer and heart disease. Bill was well known in the Santa Ynez Valley from his lengthy years of service as a…

David Lawrence Lee passed away December 19,2017 in Santa Ynez, CA of MSA, a form of Parkinson's. He was born August 19, 1937 in Painesville, Ohio to Parents Lawrence R Lee and Susan Katila, both from Ohio.

Linda Pratt, 76 years old, of Santa Ynez, California, passed away suddenly at the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, due to cardiac arrest.

The spirit of Linda Kaye Edwards joined her heavenly Father on December 26, 2017 after her long, hard fought battle with cancer.

Jeanne Kline Maher peacefully and with a happy heart entered into heaven at the age of 74.

John (Jack) Olson died peacefully in his home on December 6, 2017 in Solvang, CA. He was 96.

Horseman, Pilot, Enthusiastic Conversationalist, Natural Born Salesman, Relentless Jokester.

Elvis R. (Bud) Harvey passed away peacefully on November 20,2017 in Solvang at age 92. After his family arrived from Arkansas he was born in Colton, CA in May of 1925 (parents Arthur & Molly). He married his first wife, Kathryn (Siler) in 1949. Bud remarried Patty (Mondon Smith) in 1975,…

Dolores Gehrs of Solvang, California passed peacefully into eternal rest from her fully decorated room at Atterdag Village where she had lived in skilled nursing for the past three years and independent living for two years before that. She was much loved by the staff there, and she truly ap…