James Custis “Denny” Crimmins – 1935 – 2022
By Courtney Crimmins Mauer   |   September 20, 2022

Denny was a loving and proud father and grandfather, a joyful presence to his extended family, and a lively friend and storyteller to those that knew him. He was born and raised in California by a strong grandmother, a gregarious father, and a well-traveled mother during a very different age. His family and career made […]

William J. Jones
By Montecito Journal   |   July 19, 2022

William (Bill) Joseph Jones, a longtime resident of Montecito who enjoyed his family, fishing, and sailing, passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 89. Bill is remembered for his wide warm smile, strong core values, sense of humor, and passion for helping others. Anyone who dealt with him knew that his handshake was a […]

 

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    By Richard Mineards   |   April 12, 2022

    On a personal note, I mark the move to more heavenly pastures of Gordon Guy, longtime executive director of the 73-year-old nonprofit New House, a recovery center for men with alcohol and drug problems. The charity, which has three facilities in our Eden by the Beach, holds its annual fundraiser at the Hilton emceed by […]

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    DeAnna Joy Wassom. Timeless. Ageless. Gone too soon!
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    DeAnna peacefully passed on the morning of January 30. Her partner of 18 years, Michaela Morgan, was by her side, and their “baby” fox terrier Chanel was at her feet. I have lost the love of my life… We never talked about her passing as we focused on living and celebrating the daily “wins” no […]

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    Louise Larson Darlington Levine
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