Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

For over 80 years, Greenlawn Funeral Homes and Cemeteries has honored countless lives and helped families move from loss to healing. Explore our heritage, our vision, and the people behind Greenlawn. You'll quickly understand why, for families throughout Bakersfield and Kern County, we've been a true Friend of the Family. Let us be a part of your family's tradition.

Why Us?

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity. Since 1934, Kern County has trusted Greenlawn to take care of final arrangements and to maintain cemetery grounds that are peaceful and beautiful. Read how it all got started by clicking the link below.

Learn the legacy.

Greenlawn Memorial Park was the vision of Ed Helm (1891-1952).  Having already established Bakersfield Monument Company in 1927, he witnessed a rapidly growing Bakersfield and knew that the time would come when additional interment property would be needed.

To that end, Greenlawn Memorial Park was established in 1931, and in 1934, the planning process began for Greenlawn Mortuary.  In 1941 Ed himself turned the first shovelful of earth for what would become the location of the chapel.

The following is taken from the forward of Greenlawn’s historical documents: The word “cemetery,” of Greek origin and meaning “resting or sleeping place,” is merely a place where the bodies of mankind are laid to await the resurrection; and with the thought of this, death in itself is far from repelling.  As we sleep, why not rest in a modern burial estate where all the arts of the landscape engineer finds its best expression?  Where nature smiles forth in all her resplendent beauty, where in the very warmth and setting of our surroundings we live again?  Where studious advantage is to be taken of the natural beauty of each setting, of shrubs, of flowers and of lawns?  Each spot, each place of rest verily jewel-like in its perfection!  Such is the opportunity afforded by Greenlawn Memorial Park, a veritable paradise of somber rest and beauty, created in the modern way.

It was the hope of Ed Helm that, for generations to come, Greenlawn Memorial Park would be a place that residents of Kern County would be drawn to, not only because of its physical beauty, but because of the dedication of the people who would work there.  His dream has stood the test of time through the hard work of his son, Marshall E. Helm, and the continued commitment of his grandchildren.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Jim La  Mar

Jim La Mar

President
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Chris  Porfiri

Chris Porfiri

Manager-Southwest/Funeral Director
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Michelle Van Rensselaer

Michelle Van Rensselaer

Manager-Northeast Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Alexander Farnstrom

Alexander Farnstrom

General Manager/Funeral Director
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Denton  Blades

Denton Blades

Embalmer/Funeral Director
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Mark  Briganti

Mark Briganti

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Sandy  Moffett

Sandy Moffett

Funeral Director
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Macey  McGregor

Macey McGregor

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Maria  Soto

Maria Soto

Funeral Director
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David Romero

David Romero

Funeral Arranger
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Kellie Espy-Malone

Kellie Espy-Malone

Funeral Director
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Jermell Jones

Jermell Jones

Funeral Arranger
Angie Milner

Angie Milner

Funeral Director
Bernadette Taddie-Roberts

Bernadette Taddie-Roberts

SalesManager

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