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Jennifer Haake

Guest Services & Volunteer Coordinator
(805) 962-8404 ext. 106

Mike DeGruy, SBMM Board Member and Dear Friend Passes

 

SBMM has lost a dear friend and board member. Mike DeGruy will be remembered fondly for his contributions to this museum and to the community.

On Friday, February 3rd, at approximately 4pm, Mike and his good friend, Andrew Wight, were killed in a helicopter crash
while working on a production together in Australia. Details about the crash are incomplete at this point, but news reports suggest some kind of malfunction in the helicopter at take-off.

Capturing the loss of such a great man in words is impossible. We are all shocked and deeply saddened. But knowing Mike, he’d want us to try and shrug it off, laugh as much as possible, and celebrate the incredible life he lived. And what a life it was. Please join his family and friends from all over the world this Sunday, February 12th for a memorial service in his honor and a celebration of his extraordinary life.

Memorial Services

WHERE: Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in the Plaza del Sol
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara (Directions)

WHEN: Sunday, February 12th
3:00 – 4:00pm Guests arrival…Memory Book for mementos

4:00 – 5:00pm Celebration of Mike’s Life, officiated by Saral Burdette

5:00pm Circle of Friends on East Beach, across the street

5:30pm Drinks and dinner (No RSVP necessary)

Messages to Mike
Mike lives on in our memories of great times together. Consider sharing your thoughts on his website…
(www.mikedegruy.com)
…a poem, a favorite story about Mike, a photo of you and him and a big fish.
Share those times here with others that loved him. We’ll all be the richer for having known him.

Linda Tappeiner

Accountant
(805) 962-8404 ext. 105

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Lindsay Sullivan

Collections Manager; Education Assistant & Grant Writer

(805) 962-8404 ext. 109

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Emily Falke

Deputy Director, Curator & Director of Education

(805) 962-8404 ext. 111

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Greg Gorga

Executive Director
(805) 962-8404 ext. 103

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Ranger

Ranger, the flagship of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, is a classic big-game fishing yacht. In 1917, she was the first private sport fishing boat built on the West Coast and played a major role in the early popularity and growth of sport fishing in Southern California and Baja California. The 42-foot vessel served as the flagship of the Catalina Island Tuna Club for over 50 years, hosting celebrities and setting records—two of which still stand today for tuna and broad-bill swordfish.

Gift of Jack Morehart.

Theresa Ann

photo by Mick Kronman

The 28-foot Monterey fishing boat was built in 1926 in San Francisco, California. Boats of this kind were introduced in California by Italian immigrants around the turn of the century and served as the primary vessels in San Francisco’s crab, salmon, and shrimp fishing fleets.

Owned by Mike McCorkle.

David T. Nidever

The 14-foot Sea Mew sailboat is based on the original 1916 Sea Mew prototype designed by Fred Goeller, Jr. Developed to introduce young sailors to the bays and harbors of the East Coast, sea mews quickly grew in popularity as they were known for being sturdy, fast, and inexpensively constructed. By the 1920s, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club had a fleet of over 20 Sea Mews for their junior sailing program.

Gift of William Irvine.