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Loren Dale Howell

L. Dale Howell, 32, was employed by Churchill Sheet metal in Santa Barbara for seven years and worked nights for a local commercial gymnasium as well as serving as a contract scuba diver as needed.  Dale was an accomplished scuba diver and all around sportsman who served for two years as the President of the Santa Barbara Skin-divers Club.  He served in the Army at Point Barrow, Alaska, with the Seventh Armed Cavalry Division in Korean, and at the Army's Arctic Fighting and survival school in Japan.  He grew up in the Goleta area and was a Santa Barbara High School graduate.  He also took pilotís training at SB Airport.  Dale's father, the late Loren (Butch) Howell, was the 1958 man of the year in Goleta, California.  His next of kin included a wife and four children. 

Dale was the third victim recovered on 15 June around 6:00PM by a Navy boat 11 miles southeast of Port Hueneme.  Apparently, he was fully clothed and wearing a life preserver.  The Ventura Country Coroner determined cause of death to be shock due to exposure. 

  * Image of Howell appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press, Friday Evening, June 10, 1960




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