Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
Learn the legacy.
In November 1875, Edmund Warner, the son of a local wheat farmer, was the first person to be interred in the young town of Turlock. The land in which he was interred was owned by John W. Mitchell, an early Californian entrepreneur and wheat farmer.
Mitchell established the site as a cemetery in March of 1876 and operated it with a small group of Turlock citizens until 1885. At that time he deeded five acres and transferred operations to a board of directors who formed Turlock Cemetery Association as a non profit organization.
In the early years, operating a cemetery in a town of less than 300 people was simple. Local citizens cared for their loved ones’ graves and fundraisers were held to provide additional funds for continued maintenance.
In 1891, the first well was dug and a windmill erected so trees and shrubs could be planted. The large cypress trees in the old portion of the cemetery date back to that period.
When John W. Mitchell died in 1893, he generously bequeathed five additional acres for future cemetery development. Mitchell himself is entombed in a private mausoleum located in the southwest section of the cemetery.
Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home was established in 1875, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
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