In 1934, Ted and Helen Mayr opened their funeral home in a white-framed house on the corner of Chestnut and Santa Clara Streets in downtown Ventura, California. Founder Together, he and his wife, Helen, worked tirelessly to establish a funeral home that was committed to serving the community with dignity and honor. Ted believed strongly in human dignity and felt that all people deserve a decent burial. He steadfastly provided this service to persons of all faiths and races.
In 1938, Ted ran and was successfully elected to the position of Ventura County Coroner and Public Administrator, a seat he held for 16 years. During those early days, oil production was the primary industry in Ventura, and Ted was responsible for helping reduce the number of deaths in the oil fields. “I did it by holding inquests on every oil industry fatality, until the men and companies became more safety minded,” he once said.
As the Mayrs’ business expanded, they began looking for property on which to build a facility better suited to serve the growing community. The result became the picturesque site on Loma Vista Road, where the funeral home remains today.