J. Ray Keaton and his partner Fred A. Dusel purchased the F.I. Sawyer Co. from Dr. Sawyer in 1920, and operated it at the corner of 4th
and E Street in San Rafael. In 1924, they relocated to the current location on 5th
and E Street, renaming the business Keaton and Dusel Mortuary. In 1933, Mr. Keaton bought out Mr. Dusel and changed the name to Keaton’s Mortuary.
J. Ray Keaton and his son Frank both held the Marin County Coroner and Public Administrator positions, J. Ray from 1920 to 1950, and Frank from 1950 to 1966. Frank, his brother Harold and sister Margaret operated the mortuary with their father until J. Ray’s death in the mid-1950s. The Keatons also operated a mortuary in Sausalito from the 1940s until the 1960s, at which time they sold the property.
In the 1960s, they purchased what is now known as Keaton’s Redwood Chapel of Marin in Novato, California. Frank and Harold Keaton, along with a new partner, Claude Wundrow, operated both mortuaries in San Rafael and Novato until Harold and Claude passed away in 1989. At that time, Frank sold the businesses to The Loewen Group, yet remained on in a managerial role until his death at 90 years of age in 2002.
The Loewen Group became The Alderwoods Group, which was acquired by Service Corporation International in 2006. Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers and we are proud to continue to provide premier funeral service to the families of Marin County.