The Story of East Lawn: 1904 to present
From a country farm at the turn of the century, to a thriving business contributing for over 116 years to the fabric of the community’s history, East Lawn’s development as an outstanding Sacramento business can be traced.
In 1904, East Lawn Memorial Park opened the gates to its forty acres of land on the outskirts of town. Dedicatory services held at the cemetery drew a large crowd of over a thousand area residents. A newspaper article covering the event stated that the site selected for the cemetery was the “Old Newton Booth (11th Governor of California) place, formerly known as the Twin Oaks Farm. It is on a pretty hill, which rises with the gentle slopes out of the plain, and thus has afforded excellent opportunities for artistic work in laying out the cemetery with a park effect.”
Over the years, in order to meet the expanding needs of the growing community, the East Lawn company expanded geographically to include both north and south ends of the Greater Sacramento area, and also functionally to include funeral operations and cremation services (1910). The company’s commitment to providing comprehensive services to the entire area is apparent in the expansion of the El Dorado Mausoleum (1962) at East Lawn Memorial Park, the development of Sierra Hills Memorial Park (1957) and East Lawn Funeral Home (1972) in the North Area with its two stately veteran monuments, and in the south area, the development of East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park (1963) and the construction of a modern funeral home facility, East Lawn Elk Grove Funeral Home (1988) and the addition of Andrews & Greilich Funeral Home which was purchased from Albert Greilich (1981) upon his retirement.
As we proudly celebrate our 116 year anniversary, we continue our company’s tradition of excellence.
East Lawn proudly celebrates its century old tradition of service and commitment. Its longevity honors the memory of those men who, literally, built the foundation that supports our company today. These 1926 photographs, taken in the infancy of East Lawn’s development, show the workers whose effort and dedication constructed the historic mausoleum that has now become a community landmark. Their devotion to excellence, reminiscent of an earlier era, stands as a testament to the spirit that best represents East Lawn in this new millennium.
Please visit the historic mausoleum to view vintage stained glass, artwork and furnishings certified and appraised by Sylvia Fitzgerald, ISA, AM (aaes10.com).
Building for the Future – Then and Now
The downtown main mausoleum was built in 1926 with nine additions between 1929 and 1956. Every worker hired for the original 1926 construction was eventually given permanent employment by the company. At that time, all repair and mechanical work was done on the property. East Lawn had its own water tower, gravel pit and an irrigation system for the grounds and the fields of flowers which were being grown for cut flower bouquets. East Lawn’s continuing tradition of service to the Sacramento area is manifested in the construction of the beautiful, new El Dorado Mausoleum (1962) with additions in 1972, 1989 and the most recent expansion in 2002.
In 2012, East Lawn was honored with the prestigious ACE (American Cemetery Excellence) Award. The award, presented by American Cemetery and Cremation Magazine, one of the leading publications serving the funeral and cemetery industry, recognized the most outstanding cemeteries both within the United States and abroad.
Sierra Hills Memorial Park and East Lawn Funeral Home
Founded in 1957 with over 70 acres of rolling hills, Sierra Hills Memorial Park continues the East Lawn tradition by providing a gentle feeling to all who visit. The Gethsemane Mausoleum and Urn Garden complement the flowering open spaces that stretch out from the cemetery offices and East Lawn Funeral Home, which was added in 1972 for the convenience of the families served. St. Francis Hall, located on the cemetery grounds, is a state-of-the-art reception hall complete with food serving and storage area, complete audio/video capabilities and accommodates over seventy guests.
East Lawn Sierra Hills contains all the thought and planning that has been the hallmark of East Lawn since 1904.
East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park and Funeral Home
Each of the conveniently located East Lawn facilities has its own feel. East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park, founded in 1963, provides broad expanses and open areas that are the essence of the farm lands of central California. Open and free with the gently movement of water through quiet pond, a calming waterfall at the entrance welcomes guests to the funeral home, added in 1988, and cemetery.
With over one hundred acres, East Lawn Elk Grove remains a natural and peaceful haven as the wheels of development continue to turn in Elk Grove. Many describe the openness of the park and the beauty of the mortuary as comfortable. The comfort of the facility’s indoor and outdoor mausoleum corridors is evident with their attractive crypt and niche selections. Comfortable, too, is the feeling portrayed by the professional staff at the facility. Within the warm, attractive rooms, families find the caring assistance so necessary in their time of need. Here you experience the helping attitude so indicative of East Lawn’s enduring philosophy.
In 1994, a new and much larger funeral home building was built near the entrance of the park. It has been completely remodeled and provides pleasant arrangements offices, a large chapel, an onsite reception hall with audio/video capabilities and comfortable visiting areas to accommodate the wishes of each family.
East Lawn Children’s Park
In 1989, the company presented a gift to the city – the East Lawn Children’s Park located just outside East Lawn’s gates at 42nd Street and Folsom Boulevard.
This donation to the community has long been appreciated by area residents of all ages.