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Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin has a long history of helping Novato families plan funeral and cremation services in California's North Bay. We consider it a privilege to share our knowledge and expertise with each family we meet.

Our Novato funeral home

Signage at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of MarinThe Keaton family and their funeral homes have been providing funeral services in Novato and Marin County since 1920. For nearly a century, our commitment has remained unchanged. Meanwhile, our Novato funeral home team and facilities have evolved to meet the changing needs of our community.

We know the difficulties that arise after losing a loved one. That's why all of our services are designed to simply the funeral planning process and celebrate your loved one. Our dedicated team will work to create a tasteful tribute that honors your loved one's passions and best suits your needs and budget. At Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, we help you celebrate life.

Your trusted provider

We're also a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. This allows you to receive special services that include personalized obituaries and mementos, assistance with bereavement travel and support from grief professionals.

Please contact Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin if you need immediate assistance, wish to plan ahead a funeral service or would like more information about funeral and cremation options. We look forward to providing you with the care you deserve and expect.


For more than 90 years, our Novato funeral home has provided funeral and cremation services to the North Bay. As our community has grown, our dedicated staff has met the needs of families and remained committed to service excellence.

The early years

J. Ray Keaton and his business partner, Fred A. Dusel, purchased F.I. Sawyer Co. in 1920. In 1924, they relocated to the business and renamed it Keaton and Dusel Mortuary. Later in 1933, Keaton bought out Dusel's portion of the business and changed the name to Keaton's Mortuary.

Following this change, 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 and his brother, Harold, and sister, Margaret, operated the funeral home with their father until his death. The Keatons also operated a mortuary in Sausalito from the 1940s until the 1960s, at which time they sold the property.

In the 1960s, the family opened Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin in Novato, California. Frank and Harold Keaton, along with a new partner, Claude Wundrow, operated both funeral homes in San Rafael and Novato until Harold and Claude died in 1989.

Our funeral home today

Today, Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin is a member of the Dignity Memorial® network. We are dedicated to helping families in Marin County with funeral and cremation services and welcome the opportunity to serve you.

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Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"My mom took care of the cost before hand and all she wanted was her ashes in a box and a birth certificate. And you guys made that so easy without making me feel like I needed to do more. I really appreciate that."

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