Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery
The cemetery was purchased by Len C. Davis in the 1920s, renamed Grand View Memorial Park, and extensively remodeled. A 40 foot entrance arch was added on what is now Glenwood Road. Most of the original evergreen cypress trees that had been planted were removed and the land was turned into an amphitheater where more than 1,000 plots were laid out. 800 camphor and 200 bottle trees were then planted to provide shade. A large mausoleum was later built which contained 5700 crypts and 2000 niches for cremated remains. The mausoleum stretches over 1,000 feet and provides an exterior wall from Kenneth Road to Glenwood Road.
The cemetery was closed on July 13, 2006 when state officials suspended Grand View's license after finding cremated remains of up to 4,000 people who died as long ago as the 1930s stuffed in storage rooms and trash containers.
Since the closure of the cemetery in 2006 the city of Glendale, California began working with the owners to allow visitation access and keep the property safe and presentable. By 2012, the cemetery was staffed by volunteers and open for limited hours on Sunday afternoons.
By May 2014 Grand View Memorial Park was under new ownership. Under the new owners the cemetery was renamed Grand View Memorial Park & Crematory, Inc. While still open on a limited basis due to renovations, it was expected that the cemetery would be open daily by the end of 2014.
As of May 2015, the grounds are open to the public 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a 3:45 p.m. restriction on incoming traffic due to closing at 4 p.m. The office is open the same hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Various famous people are buried at Grand View. They include:
- Oscar Beregi, Jr. (1918–1976), actor
- Madge Blake (1899–1969), actress
- Leo G. Carroll (1886–1972), actor
- Dorothy Coburn (1904–1978), actress
- Alec Craig (1884–1945), actor
- Nigel De Brulier (1877–1948), actor
- Sam "The Fighting Jew" Dreben (1878–1925), "Soldier of Fortune"
- Kenne Duncan (1902–1972), actor
- Verna Felton (1890–1966), actress
- Helen Ford (1894–1982), actress
- Lee Garmes (1898–1978), cinematographer
- Harry Langdon (1884–1944), actor and comedian
- Jack Lelivelt (1885–1941), MLB player and manager
- Cleo Madison (1883–1964), actress and director
- Lafayette McKee (1872–1959), actor
- Gus Meins (1893–1940), director
- Tom Murray (1874-1935), actor
- Edna Purviance (1894–1958), actress
- Wally Rehg (1888–1946), MLB player
- Steve Shaw (1965–1990), actor
- Manning Sherwin (1899–1974), composer
- Guy Standing (1873–1937), actor
- Homer Summa (1898–1966), baseball player
- Dolph Sweet (1920–1985), actor
- Leo White (1873–1948), actor
- Chill Wills (1902–1978), actor
- Clarence Wilson (1876–1941), actor
- George Wright (1920–1998), organist
- Clara Kimball Young (1890–1960), actress
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Grand View Memorial Park
- Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info accessed September 23, 2009
- "Glendale cemetery owner found dead on property", Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2006
- Grand View Cemetery Info at City of Glendale, California website accessed September 23, 2009
- Find a Grave: Famous names
- Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
- Grand View Memorial Park Notice at California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau
- Grand View Cemetery Info at City of Glendale, California
- Grand View Memorial Park at Find a Grave