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.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
England Family Mortuary began as a dream many years ago in Long Beach, CA. EFM manager, Joshua, and his father, Greg, worked part-time for a local funeral home and often were assigned to work on the same funeral. “We talked about how nice it would be to some day own our own funeral home and work full time together.”
At that time, Joshua was in college, coaching his high school’s varsity baseball and soccer teams while Greg pastored a church full time. The idea was a dream at best.
Joshua graduated from college and went to work full time for a prominent funeral home in Los Angeles. In time he moved to Temecula to be closer to his fiancé, knowing they would make their home in the Temecula Valley. He continued to work full time as a funeral director and the dream was still a dream.
In February 2007, the dream took on reality as we had the opportunity to purchase the land and building of the mortuary where Joshua worked. Completely renovating the facility, England Family Mortuary opened for business in June of that year.
Greg resigned after 30 years of pastoring churches to move to Winchester and worked full time with Joshua. The dream literally became reality. Janice England also left a teaching career to work with her husband and son as a pre-need counselor, making this truly a family venture. She continued her education and became licensed by the state as a Funeral Director making her the third member of the family with that license in the summer of 2008.
With our combined 100+ years of experience in dealing with families in grief, we bring to the funeral profession a heart-felt desire to minister to our families as they walk through this process. The interior of our mortuary has a distinct “at home” fell to it and we are very intentional in our desire to uses this profession as a ministry to honor God.
Our initial staff of 4 has grown to a 16 trained,
compassionate, professionals as we continued to be the first choice in funeral
homes for thousands of families in the Temecula Valley. We now own and operate
our very own state of the art crematory as well, so for the families that
choose cremation services, their loved one never leaves our care.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Managing Funeral Director, Crematory ManagerRead Bio
Joshua, owner and manager of England Family Mortuary and Creekside Crematory, is married to Heather Bither and they have three children, Jackson, Logan and Lillian, as well as being the proud owner of Winston, our mortuary comfort Golden Doodle.
He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in psychology, and brings to the mortuary his experience working with Stricklin-Snively Mortuary in Long Beach; Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City; and Stout Family Funeral Home, of Temecula.
Joshua has extensive experience in handling funeral needs of all faiths as well as high profile funerals as a licensed funeral director. He represents the young up and coming generation of funeral directors that are just beginning to influence the industry for the good. He is also a the licensed crematory manager of Creekside Crematory and a notary public.
He and is family are active members of Awakening Church in Murrieta where he is currently serving on the Elder Board as well as playing drums in the praise band. He formerly worshipped with CrossPoint Church in Temecula. Josh is also very involved in Friday Night Lights as a football coach for his sons and has also served as a high school varsity head coach for both baseball and soccer, and enjoys riding his motorcycle in his free time.
Licensed Funeral Director, Crematory Operator, Pastoral Care DirectorRead Bio
Greg's background in psychology and ministry, have served as both a family counselor and a pastor (30+ years). He obtained his B.A. Degree from Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) in Psychology and his M.A. Degree in Counseling from University of North Alabama, as well as additional studies in ministry at Harding Graduate School of Theology (Memphis, TN) and Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. Along the way Greg served as Founding and Senior Chaplain for Rockledge (FL) Police Department and earned a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. For 20 years he was a varsity basketball official in Alabama and Florida.
He has served in churches in Alabama, Florida and California as your pastor, lead pastor, worship and board of elders. Presently he and his wife worship with Awakening Church (formerly Chorus Church) in Murrieta, CA.
Greg worked as a funeral assistant at Stricklin-Snively Mortuary in Long Beach; Dilday Brothers Mortuary in Huntington Beach; and is a licensed funeral director and licensed crematory operator and is frequently involved in pastoral work with England Family Mortuary.
Hobbies include music (guitar, bass, drums and banjo), reading, Bible study, occasionally preaching, watching Alabama football, riding his motorcycle, but most of all his grandchildren Jackson, Logan and Lilly. He and Janice were 10th grade sweethearts and have been married 44 years. They have two children: Joshua (Heather) and Jessica (Jason) and a rescue dog, Bella.
Licensed Funeral Director & Pre-Need CounselorRead Bio
Janice enjoyed almost 30 years of teaching Kindergarten through High School, but mostly 3rd and 5th grades before changing careers to work with Greg and Joshua. She has her B.A. in Education from Lipscomb University and is a Licensed Funeral Director and Pre-Need Insurance Counselor. She brings a very tender and compassionate heart to the profession and is always seen with a beautiful smile and helping attitude. She is a member of Awakening Church in Murrieta.
Aside from her grandchildren, Jackson, Logan and Lilly, she enjoys riding her bicycle, playing board games, Dominoes and browsing through thrift stores.
Registered Therapy DogRead Bio
Winston is in his 2nd year as our Registered Therapy Dog and has become a hit with our families. He loves to be around people and simply cannot get enough petting. Winston is a Golden Doodle, belonging to Josh and Heather England, but has grown up on the weekdays at the mortuary. Families will often come by just to see him and he has been requested to attend many funeral services.
Office ManagerRead Bio
Donna has been with our mortuary since the very beginning and serves as our office manager, dog walker (Winston), and funeral assistant. She is also a lifelong resident of Murrieta. Donna graduated from Elsinore High School and has her A.A. Degree is Social Science and Business Administration from Mt. San Jacinto College.
Donna is an active member of the Murrieta Historical Society and attends Murrieta United Methodist Church. Her father was a founding member of the Murrieta Fire Department and served as Assistant Fire Chief.
She has served as District Manager of the Murrieta Cemetery, Administrator for Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Assistant Manager of Murrieta Machine Shop and as Funeral Assistant for Stout Family Funeral Home. She is married to John and they have one daughter, Monica (Cody). Donna remembers as a child playing in the middle of Old Highway 395, waiting for a car to come along, only to get bored because no cars came through, so she and her friends would go play elsewhere. She is truly a Murrieta native.
Financial Manager / Arrangement CounselorRead Bio
Trudee has been with England Family Mortuary since 2014 and serves as our Financial Manager as well as an Arrangement Counselor / Funeral Assistant. Aside from keeping our company financially straight, she is very involved with the Haiti Endowment Fund, traveling many times per year to Haiti for that mission ministry. Trudee worships at Impact Church in Menifee and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. We feel very blessed to have Trudee on our staff.
Tina is one of the finest embalmers in the business. She has been with us since they beginning first as our trade embalmer then as our full time embalmer on staff. She has previously worked as an embalmer a two other Southern California funeral homes.
Tina graduated from Montebello High School and has her A.S. Degree from Cypress College of Mortuary Sciences and is also a licensed Funeral Director.
Aside from her work as an embalmer, Tina frequently runs marathons and ultra-marathons.
Funeral Assistant, Memorial SpecialistRead Bio
Chris started working with us part time in 2018 and quickly became a full time member of our family as a funeral assistant, memorial specialist and our tech guy. Chris is a graduate of Chaparral High School and has his A.A. Degree from Palomar Community College in Business Management. He holds certification from Microsoft in various fields of computers: MCSE, MCSA, A+, CCNA as well as certified by CA-EDRS.
His background includes computer engineering (he owns his own IT Company) and customer service work for Lowe's, Southern Contracting Co and Best Buy.
He is happily married to Amanda and has one daughter. Chris currently is the Worship Pastor at RockRidge Church in Murrieta, but has also served in that role at Calvary Chapel French Valley, Chorus Church, Awakening Church, CrossPoint Church and Inland Valley Church.
Chris has a great attitude and a servant's heart, always willing to do anything asked of him.
Pre-Need Manager, Funeral Director, Pastoral Care
Pre-Need Counselor, Funeral Assistant, Community LiaisonRead Bio
Howard is our third pre-need counselor and serves as a funeral assistant and our Community Liaison as well. A graduate of Millikan High School and having his B.A. Degree in Communications from CSULB, Howard's experience includes marketing in food services as well as owning his own insurance company. He has been married 44 years to Connie, has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and enjoys woodworking, fishing and has been awarded the Lifetime Public Service Award from President Trump for his work with the Temecula Valley Elks Lodge where he serves as Chaplain. Howard worships at Trinity Lutheran Church in Temecula and helps the Living Hope Christian Fellowship in Anza.
Crematory Office Manager, Crematory Operator, Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Miriam is our Crematory Office Manager at Creekside Crematory as well as a certified crematory operator. She helps our as a funeral assistant as well helping with viewings and local church services. Miriam graduated from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale as well as Pepperdine University. Her experience includes 11 years with the Fullerton Union High School District and 8 years with Hope International University. She is married and has 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. She and her husband, Larry, attend Murrieta Church of Christ. Miriam enjoys coordinating events and weddings and interior designs.
Crematory OperatorRead Bio
Charlene came to work with us via her connections in the Murrieta Friday Night Lights where her husband, Tory, and Josh England were coaching their son's teams. She is a graduate of Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, UT and is a certified crematory operator. Charlene has experience of 15 years in the hospitality industry and 2 years with the Temecula Valley Unified School District. In her spare time she is Mom to Madelyn and Maxwell and enjoys tennis, swimming and traveling.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Debbie has been with us from the start of our business and serves as a funeral assistant (along with her husband, David, who occasionally helps at services). She is a graduate of Loara High School and attended Cypress College and worked for Hamrock Manufacturing as a Customer Service Rep for 10 years.
Debbie is always appreciated by her fellow staff members and the families she serves because of her caring heart and her willingness to go the extra mile to help. She is certified by CA-EDRS and works with our staff to secure permits for burials and cremations. She has a daughter, Tessa Marie, and enjoys crochet, painting with oils, dancing, and her dogs. She and David attend 412 Church in Murrieta.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Tom started working for England Family Mortuary in 2015 as a funeral assistant. Tom graduated from CSULB with a B.S. Degree in Finance with a duel emphasis of management and investment. He has served as a Financial Analyst and Commercial Loan Underwriter for Mission Oaks National Bank from 2005-2016 and held the same position at Republic Bank in Torrance and prior to that various positions with Crocker National Bank.
Tom has been married for 45 years and has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. He and his wife attend Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship in Wine Country. In his spare time Tom enjoys woodworking, photography and other outdoor activities in addition to reading detailed military history on the US Revolutionary War, Civil War and both World Wars. One of his favorite past times is taking long road trips and therefore he usually handles all of our long haul deliveries and pick ups throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.
Funeral Assistant, Pastoral CareRead Bio
Tim started working for us in 2018 as a funeral assistant and in Pastoral Care. He is a graduate of Millikan High School in Long Beach and holds degrees from Pepperdine University (B.A. History and M.A. Communications) as well as an M.A. in Ministry from Hope International University.
Tim taught for 8 years at Oaks Christian High School; 3 years at Linfield Christian School; as well as pastoring Community Christian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes (8 years) and Rancho Christian Church in Temecula (8 years)
He is a published author and is expecting his latest book this year, and is a motorcycle addict, having ridden almost a quarter of a million miles and visited 46 states and Canada on two wheels. He is also a troutaholic and loves fishing the wild Sierra Streams.
Tim and Shiela have been married for 39 years. He has a step-daughter, Teri; grandson Joshua and granddaughter Hannah.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Ed has been with England Family Mortuary and Creekside Crematory since 2014. Ed started as the main crematory operator and served in that roll for many years before coming to the funeral home to help with services and removals.
Ed previously worked at Holy Cross Catholic Mortuary in Culver City for a number of years before moving to the Temecula Valley.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Mike started working with England Family Mortuary in early 2020 after owning and operating one of the largest mortuary support companies in South Florida.
In his spare time Mike spent time as a minor league hockey player playing all over the US.