History of Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary
In 1962, Hillcrest Memorial Park opened to the public. Our first lawn was Lakeview Lawn, which included Lullaby Lawn for infants. Hillcrest Memorial Park features beautiful sculptures, each hand carved in Italy from Carrera marble, further enhancing the park’s beauty. “The Holy Family” was carved especially for Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum and is an exquisite example of the original memorial sculptures seen throughout the park.
In 1965, Hillcrest Memorial Park added the mortuary to its park to better serve families as a full-service location. From 1965 until the mid-1990s, John and Betty Bartel and their family, with associate owners, owned and operated the Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary. In 1985, Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary was purchased by Service Corporation International, and the Bartel family continued their involvement with the local community, service clubs and churches as they served the families of Bakersfield and its surrounding cities at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary. The Bartels were the founders of the park’s popular Easter sunrise and Memorial Day services.
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