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Don Love

Donald Ray Love, Jr., devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, peacefully passed from this life to be with the Lord on October 30, 2011, at his home in Los Olivos after a 14-month battle with cancer. His entire family surrounded him in a circle of love. Don was born on May 18, 1956, in Inglewood, Calif. He grew up in La Crescenta and graduated from Crescenta Valley High School. Don kept in contact with many of his friends from elementary/high school. He worked at Daniels Engraving before becoming an electrician for Chesley Electric in Glendale. Don later moved to the Santa Ynez Valley following his parents and enjoyed farming for a short period of time.

Don loved the mountains and the outdoors so he told his mother he was going to move to Colorado to find his snow bunny. Golden, Colorado is where he met Debbie. Together they enjoyed racquetball, skiing, western dancing and fly-fishing. Don and Debbie were married at Old Mission Santa Inés over 28 years ago.

They moved to the Santa Ynez Valley where Don started D.L. Electric in 1985 from their Solvang home. Within a year, D.L. Electric had grown and relocated to Los Alamos to serve Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc.

Don was actively involved with his daughters and their sports. He coached girls’ soccer and volunteered as a referee for AYSO. He was a member of the Santa Barbara Trail Riders for well over a decade. He also belonged to the Los Alamos Men’s Club and was on the board for the General Planning and Advisory Committee for the Los Alamos Community Plan. He enjoyed being involved in his community and volunteering for various fundraisers. You could always count on Don to barbecue or do electrical for the Mission, San Lorenzo Seminary or anyone who needed help.

Surviving Don are his wife, Debbie, his two daughters, Jessie and Danielle, his parents, Don and Joyce, two brothers, Mike and Joe, and sister, Susan.

Rosary will be held on Friday, November 11th at 7 p.m. at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, at the Mission, followed by a graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. A reception and celebration of Don’s life will follow at the Montanero Property in Los Olivos.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made on his behalf to either MD Anderson Cancer Center; P.O. Box 4486; Houston, TX 77210-4486 Phone 1-800-525-5841 or Marian Hospice, 506 E. Plaza Drive; Santa Maria, CA 93454 Phone (805) 739-3830.

Marina Padilla Reyes

Marina Padilla Reyes, 65, of Buellton was surrounded by her family when she went to be with the Lord on November 3, 2011.

Marina was born on January 5, 1946, in San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, to Ignacio Padilla and Margarita Garcia. As a young woman, she owned her own convenience store. In 1977 she married Francisco Reyes, also of San Martin Hidalgo. After having her children, she began doing catering and was a cooking instructor. She has lived in the Santa Ynez Valley since 1944. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, and gardening.

She is survived by her loving sons, Oscar and Jackie Reyes, Jose Reyes and Francisco Reyes all of Buellton and Granddaughter Remi Reyes, father Ignacio Padilla, brothers Javier (Dolores) Padilla of Mexico, Alberto (Alicia) Padilla of Lompoc, Efren (Rosa) Padilla of Buellton, Jose (Melissa) Padilla of Lompoc and sisters Antonia Padilla, Carmen Padilla both of Mexico, Josephina (Luis) Garibay and Raquel Hanson both of Solvang, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her spouse Francisco Reyes, mother Margarita Garcia, and daughter Angelica Maria Reyes.

Rosary Services will be held at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. and a Mass will be held at the Mission on Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery at 2560 Baseline Ave. in Ballard. Reception will follow at 2881 Baseline Ave., Santa Ynez.

Michael David Quiroga

March 20, 1961 - November 1, 2011


Mike passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on November 1, 2011, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mike attended Santa Ynez Elementary where he was a proud “Bobcat,” and has been the boys and girls basketball coach for the last several years. He also volunteered coaching at the YMCA.

Mike graduated Santa Ynez High School in 1979. He was a huge asset to the SYVUHS Athletics. Mike excelled at Football, Tennis and his most favorite of all: Basketball. #44 will always be remembered.

He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, coach and friend. Although Mike was busy with his company, he always found time to host a movie night at his house, or barbecue hundreds of hot dogs at the beach for his girls and their friends. Mike was always there to help his girls excel in sports and was a second father to many.

Mike is survived by: his devoted Wife and best friend of 25 years, Tracy (Moore) Quiroga; His two beautiful daughters Maddie and Ashley Quiroga; Mother Rosemary Hernandez; Father David Quiroga; Brother Rafael Quiroga and his wife Kim; and Sister Lydia (Mona) Quiroga. Mike was preceded in death by: his brother David Quiroga in 1992; Mother in law, Myrna Moore; Nephews Raffy and David Quiroga, Ryan Murray, Brian and Justin Erickson, and Ian Moore; and Nieces Kateline Quiroga and Lauren Moore. Mike also leaves behind MANY loved ones who were a very important part of his life.

He enjoyed life in many ways. His favorite things include going to the lake and “buzzing the tower,” and watching basketball, in which his favorite teams were the Lakers, Bobcats, and the Pirates.

He loved to play basketball with his girls, nephews, and anyone else who was up to the challenge. Mike looked forward to his weekend barbecues with his close friends and family.

Mike was, and still is an inspiration and mentor to many. Mike is known for his positivity and wouldn’t want anyone to be sad of his passing, but to celebrate his fabulous life. Mike will always be a “LEGEND.”

Services for Mike will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at Mission Santa Inés. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Mike Quiroga memorial scholarship fund for SYHS basketball, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust acct. # 0103317806.

Georgia May Colombo

Georgia May Colombo, of Los Olivos, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011, after a brief illness. Georgia graduated from Santa Ynez Valley High School and was a former local Fourth of July Queen.

She was active in the Lucky Clover 4-H Club for many years. She was a talented homemaker who loved to cook and decorate cakes. She worked for several years at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos and the Solvang Restaurant cooking and baking pies.Georgia was an accomplished seamstress who greatly enjoyed the sewing classes she attended at Allan Hancock College and the many friends she made there. Georgia also loved to travel, go to the movies and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Mario Colombo, daughters Leslie Jenkins and Criss Colombo-Van Valin, and her brother, Eugene Roberts. She is also survived by five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and four cats.

Private interment services will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard.

Mario Paola

The passing of Mario (Jr.) Paola-Juny Paola took place this past Sunday in his home on 2132 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, where he lived with his wife Dorothy Paola (Dottie) of 72 years.

Mario was born in Avon, Connecticut, on February 24, 1917, and leaves behind a legacy of a large loving family. He graduated from Glendale High School and went on to play college ball at Idaho University. Mario belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 70 years. His ability to make people laugh will be remembered for years and years to come.

The family wishes to extend an invitation for Mario Paola’s Celebration of Life, beginning with a Rosary/Vigil service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at Old Mission Santa Inés in Solvang. Funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, at Old Mission Santa Inés. Reception will follow at the Mission.

– Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors