Birth of a Cemetery
Forest Lawn Memorial-Park
by John F. Llewellyn
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
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Forest Lawn Memorial-Park is certainly the most famous cemetery in California and one of the most famous in the country. It has been praised for its service to the community and parodied in print, TV, and film. Forest Lawn Cemetery was founded in 1906 in Tropico, California, now part of the city of Glendale. Although other books have covered Forest Lawn’s history, they emphasized the changes Huber Eaton made to transform Forest Lawn Cemetery into Forest Lawn Memorial-Park. The earlier books ignored the challenges that had to be conquered to create this famous institution. Birth of a Cemetery covers the never-told-before history of Forest Lawn’s early years. It shows the struggles of the early days, the years of conflicts with Hubert Eaton, and how Eaton struggled to make Forest Lawn a viable enterprise. Forest Lawn is part of the fabric of Los Angeles and the region’s growth and development over the last one-hundred plus years.
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About the Author:John F. Llewellyn has spent four decades in the cemetery and funeral industries. For more than two decades, until 2011, he was president and chief executive officer of Southern California’s Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks® & Mortuaries and acts as the chairman to its board of directors today. Widely acknowledged as a cemetery and funeral industry leader, Llewellyn has been president of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association and the Cemetery and Mortuary Association of California as well as being an officer and director of the Western Cemetery Alliance.
A graduate of the University of Redlands with a major in economics, as well as the recipient of an MBA from the University of Southern California, Llewellyn has also penned three books. His first, A Cemetery Should Be Forever, was widely acclaimed in the cemetery industry and beyond as capturing the complexities and challenges of managing a cemetery, and has been used in college level courses as well as provided to the governing boards of many U.S. and international cemeteries. His second book, Saying Goodbye Your Way, is followed by his 2018 release, Birth of a Cemetery. Llewellyn lives in Pasadena, California with his wife, Carol, and their dog Spotless.