August 1, 2012 

When submitting an obituary, the following order is suggested as a guideline, but all submissions are welcomed:


  • Personal information: Name, age, City and State of birth (please do not provide the exact date of birth, which increases the chance of identity theft).
  • Cause of death: Optional.
  • Date of death: Day of the week, date and place of death (home, hospital, etc.).
  • What made them special: education, military, career, clubs, organizations, church, etc.
  • Unique activities: Hobbies, special interests, what they liked to do, etc.
  • Survivors: Separate relationship in ‘levels’ rather than 'families' — spouse; children (spouse); grandchildren (spouse); siblings; etc.
  • Preceded in death by: Optional.
  • Viewing (if appropriate) will be from (time) on (day) at (place) in (city, state).
  • Service information:
    • Viewing (if appropriate) will be from (time) on (day) at (place) in (city, state).
    • A (memorial, Mass, service, celebration of life) will be held at (time of day, day of week, date) at (funeral home, church, park, etc.) in (city, state) with burial at (cemetery name, city). (Note: If part of the service will be at the family home, rather than publishing someone’s home address (again, for security), provide instead, a phone number to call for more details).
  • Donations: Flower and memorial donation information.
  • Please include a name, phone number and/or email address where we can reach you during the day.
  • All submissions will be edited for our format and a proof will be provided for your approval — we will call you when we have it ready for you to approve — the obituary will NOT run without your approval and payment.
  • Deadline for submission is noon, with approval of copy and payment due by 3:30 p.m.

Rates and Fees:

  • There is an $25 up-front set up fee for ALL obituaries, which pays for publication on After publication in our paper, friends and acquaintances can go to for 30 days and enter a personal entry in the guestbook of the deceased. (Other options are also available for purchase through
  • Lines 1 – 15 ………………$2.14 per line  (A line is about 25-26 characters).
  • Lines 16 – 35 ……………...$6.52 per line.
  • Lines 36 and beyond ............$5.46 per line.
  • Price includes 10 copies of the newspaper (allow 7 to 10 business days).


  • Single Photo ..................................$35.00
  • (NOTE: Please provide a CLEAR, front shot, with no shadows or sunglasses, but a good contrast to the background in jpg format, with at least a 300 dpi. Photos will be cropped to highlight just the face)
  • Two Photos (young and old)..................................$60
  • Symbol........................................ $20.00 each (limit two).
  • Second or subsequent runs will be discounted at fifty percent (50%) off. (This would include a second run in The Tribune, The Cambrian, memorial reminder announcement or publication in the Celebrations section).
  • Laminated “Fond Remembrances” are available after publication that features the full text and any photo and/or symbol used for $5 each.


  • Submissions received before noon can be published the next day or any day following.
  • Saturday, Sunday, or Monday obituaries must be received by noon Friday.
  • The Cambrian (published weekly on Thursdays) submissions must be received by noon Monday.

How to submit

Submit obituary and photo via e-mail:, OR fax (text only) to (805) 781-7994, OR bring to any Tribune office.


All obituaries MUST be approved and paid for prior to publication. We accept four major credit cards, cash or check to the office (for your security, please do not provide credit card information via e-mail, but call the direct line at (805) 781-7834)

Revised 3/15/13