Nestled below the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, we are a location unmatched in Southern California. We are one of the few remaining family-operated cemetery/mortuary properties in the area. Our tradition of service was established in the nineteenth century, yet offers the full personalization made available by today’s technology. We invite you to visit our grounds 365 days a year, from 8am to 5pm. Professional funeral staff are available 24 hours a day.
Resting here at Mountain View Cemetery are the remains of Pasadena’s pioneer families, California statesmen, and other historically significant personalities. At Heritage Circle you will find the graves of former Governor of California Henry H. Markham and his wife, the Hollingsworth monument, and the Giddings family monument.
As was the custom in frontier days, residents of Pasadena buried their loved ones on family property. Colonel Jabez Banbury was no exception. His son, Charles, and other Pasadeneans such as Laura Giddings, were buried on land that lay along the Arroyo Seco, now part of the Wrigley Estate. Colonel Banbury decided to sell his property in 1882, and the matter of what would become of these graves became urgent. This prompted Mr. Giddings to set aside some of his property to be dedicated as a cemetery. In early 1883, the burials were moved to the newly established cemetery on Fair Oaks Avenue. By the end of the year, eight other transfers were made for a total of 24 burials. Today, after more than 100 years, the descendants of Levi W. Giddings still operate the cemetery, mortuary and crematory.
Through the years, Mountain View acquired the mausoleum located across the street from the main cemetery, on Marengo Avenue. Mountain View Mausoleum was considered the crown jewel of the more than 80 mausoleums constructed by Cecil E. Bryan. In addition, Pasadena Mausoleum was acquired and expanded. Both mausoleums offer the finest in burial crypts, niches and Westminster crypts.
Mountain View has two beautiful chapels: Chapel of the Gardens and Sunrise Chapel. Also available for memorial services is the outdoor Vista Del Monte
committal area. Mountain View is also known for its extensive stained glass windows, art collection and arboretum type grounds with trees from all over the world.
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