Desert Memorial Park

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Desert Memorial Park
Established October 31, 1956
Location Cathedral City, California
Country United States
Coordinates 33°49′04″N 116°26′34″W / 33.8177965°N 116.4427901°W / 33.8177965; -116.4427901Coordinates: 33°49′04″N 116°26′34″W / 33.8177965°N 116.4427901°W / 33.8177965; -116.4427901[1]
Type Public
Owned by Palm Springs Cemetery District
Website Official Site
Find a Grave Desert Memorial Park
The Political Graveyard Desert Memorial Park

Desert Memorial Park is a cemetery in Cathedral City, California, United States, near Palm Springs.[2] Opening in 1956 and receiving its first interment in 1957,[3] it is maintained by the Palm Springs Cemetery District.[4] The District also maintains the Welwood Murray Cemetery in Palm Springs.[5] In 2001, the first American memorial specifically honoring LGBT veterans was dedicated in the cemetery.[6]

Notable interments[edit]

Among those buried here are:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
  2. ^ Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. pp. 238–245. ISBN 978-0762741014. OCLC 70284362. 
  3. ^ The Palm Springs Cemetery District itself was formed in 1917 and covers 504 square miles, including Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, and Rancho Mirage. See: Robinson, Nancy (1992). Palm Springs History Handbook. Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs Public Library. p. 7. OCLC 31595834. 
  4. ^ The Palm Springs Cemetery District is a Special District established under California's Special District Law. See: Kimia Mizany and April Manatt, California Senate Local Government Committee, What's So Special About Special Districts? A Citizen's Guide to Special Districts in California (Third Edition) 2002
  5. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District
  6. ^ "National LGBT Veterans Memorial". Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  7. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  8. ^ Jim Campbell (2002). "McNally, John Victor ('Johnny Blood')." Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: Sports Figures. Charles Scribner's Sons. Retrieved January 07, 2013 from HighBeam Research

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