About Us | Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery

History & Staff

Our Story

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.

Situated on a hill overlooking Marin County, Mount Tamalpais Cemetery and Mortuary has served Marin County families since 1879. Our funeral home, cemetery and crematory are located at the end of Fifth Ave just outside downtown San Rafael, California.

Our property consists of 65 developed acres with scenic views of Marin County and the San Francisco bay. To visit our cemetery is like re-connecting with nature. Surrounded by mountains and trees this tranquil spot provides a calming environment that celebrates life.

For your convenience and peace of mind, we provide “everything in one place” which means your loved one never leaves our care. For cremation, funerals, cemetery, and mausoleum options everything is done on-site. Other providers may outsource cremation to third party providers. We make the arrangement process convenient for you by having the mortuary and cemetery in one location.

When you choose Mt Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery you will be assured the highest quality, value and customer satisfaction you deserve. Choose people who are committed to giving you meaningful and healing experiences. Those you care about will be grateful you chose Mt Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery.

Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery has become Marin County’s premier Mortuary and Cemetery because we offer truly unique memorial services in an unbelievable natural setting. 

Whether planning in advance or if there is an immediate need, we are here for you any hour of the day or night. Our staff is always available to help with arrangements or any questions.

  • On site cremation services
  • Private boat charters
  • Worldwide shipping
  • Pre-need planning
  • Guaranteed prices quoted by phone
  • We honor all trusts, insurance and funeral plans.
  • Serving all faiths, cultures and religions.
  • Independently owned with over 40 years experience
  • Unique memorial services
  • Vintage Hearse
  • Vintage Fire truck
  • Calm Natural Setting

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Jack  Thornton

Jack Thornton

Funeral Director - Cemetery Manager
Whitney  Hirsch

Whitney Hirsch

Funeral Director
Candy Johnson

Candy Johnson

Damion Buchanan

Damion Buchanan

Grounds Supervisor

Explore Our Location

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