Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park are set among the majesty of Sycamore Rocks, a spectacular location for one of the more unique funeral homes and cemeteries anywhere in the world. We care for families from all across the High Desert. With a large-capacity chapel and experience in services for Hispanic families, we provide traditional funerals, cremationsand life celebrations, as well as burials, to people from all walks of life.
Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park serve the entire High Desert area, including:
- Apple Valley
- Bell Mountain
- Johnson Valley
- Lucerne Valley
- Mariana Ranchos
- Oro Grande
- Pinon Hills
- Sunset Ridge
Personalized memorials and celebrations of life
At Sunset Hills Mortuary, we believe that every service should be as unique as the life lived. We capture the essence of your loved one to create an event that honors your special person and gives friends and family a chance to come together and remember.
Perhaps it’s a barbecue in honor of the pit master, complete with live music and bottles of homemade sauce for guests to take home. Maybe it's a garden-themed party for a beloved green thumb. Or perhaps it's a quiet outdoor scattering ceremony with the closest family and friends. No matter your wish, no matter the detail, we handle it all.
Whether you want to arrange a traditional funeral service or modern celebration of life, large gathering or more intimate service, we will work with you one-on-one to ensure your needs and budget are met. From floral arrangementsto music selections, decor, mementos and more, we guide you through your choices with care.
Sunset Hills Mortuary also accommodates overnight visitations and in-home visitations. Just let your funeral director know what you'd like.
Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Sunset Chapel
Shortly after the death of Roy Rogers in 1998, his wife, Dale Evans, asked Sunset Hills' founder Chet Hitt to build a chapel in memory of the beloved American singer, Western film actor and television host. Roy was a native of Apple Valley, and Chet honored his memory with the Roy Rogers – Dale Evans Sunset Chapel. It opened in February 2007.
The Spanish Mission-style building sits waterside at Sunset Hills Mortuary. A brass relief mural depicting scenes from Roy and Dale's life adorns its front doors. Its back porch overlooks a small pond next to the lawn where outdoor funeral services and other events are sometimes held. Exterior walls hold granite-front cremation niches. The granite walkways are covered in heartfelt memorial messages etched into the stone. Inside is a cozy chapel with a large picture window that provides a spectacular mountain view.
Built especially for life celebrations, the Roy Rogers – Dale Evans Sunset Chapel has hosted not only memorial services, but also weddings, birthdays, banquets and charity events. With modern technology, a flexible layout, covered outdoor spaces and an experienced team attending to every detail, it's a fitting tribute to Roy and Dale—and a wonderful place for a catered receptionwith family and friends.
Cremation in the High Desert
We specialize in cremation services that honor loved ones in personalized ways, and families love our transparent pricing. With expertise in scattering ashes, the option for an attended cremation and a friendly team who pays attention to every detail, we provide service that is second to none.
More and more people are choosing cremation over traditional burial, but most aren’t familiar with all the choices:
- a cremation without a funeral or memorial service of any kind.
- a funeral with your loved one present, followed by cremation.
- a cremation followed by a scattering, cemetery memorialization or celebration of life—or all three.
There are many cremation providers—and they're not all equal. Here's what you can expect when you choose us for your loved one's cremation:
- Custody of care guaranteed. Our custody-of-care program helps safeguard the identification of your loved one from the time we bring them into our care until the time we return them to your family. We check, cross-check and check again, every step of the way.
- Exclusive custody of your loved one. We use only crematories owned and operated by Dignity Memorial® providers or trusted partners. Once your loved one is in our custody or that of a trusted partner, they’re in our care until they’re returned to your family.
- Licensed, certified, conscientious staff. All Dignity Memorial crematory operators in California are licensed and certified by Cremation Association of North America, or CANA. Only one person at a time is cremated, and the cremation chamber is thoroughly cleaned before the next person is cremated.
Sunset Hills Memorial Park
In 1960, we set out to design a final resting place unlike any other. Today, green lawns, mature trees, desert plants, boulder-lined pathways and a meandering waterfall that flows into a small pond come together in a park-like setting nestled into the Sycamore Rocks. Visitors love seeing our corral of horses.
Families from across the High Desert area choose our cemetery for its sun-drenched mountain vistas and wide range of options for burial and cremation. Spanning 30 acres, the cemetery is replete with natural beauty and opportunities for inspired reflection. It includes sections for those of the Jewish and Catholic faiths, as well as a veterans section for those who have served our country. Cremation property includes a scattering garden and cremation niches; some are set right into the desert's natural terrain.
A cemetery of historical significance, Sunset Hills Memorial Park is the final resting place of many stars of Old Hollywood Westerns. Roy Rogers is buried here. So is his wife Dale Evans, as are many of the men and women who worked alongside them, helping solidify American legend and lore. In addition, many Apple Valley pioneers and prominent local families have been laid to rest among these rocks.
Veterans funerals and burials
We deeply appreciate those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and feel privileged to honor veterans and their families in need of funeral, cremation and burial services. In addition to helping coordinate government benefits, Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park offer special pricing on veterans services and property in the cemetery's Garden of Valor. We also offer the use of our 1898 horse-drawn hearse to veterans at no charge. This fully restored vehicle is the very same one that carried Roy Rogers to his final resting place.
Mourning Sun Children’s Foundation
Sunset Hills helps support families in the High Desert community through a partnership with Mourning Sun Children’s Foundation. Dedicated to addressing the needs of children, teens and their families struggling with grief and loss, the foundation runs the Sunrise Center, which offers peer-support groups after the death of a loved one, foster care placement, or a parent or loved one's terminal illness diagnosis. It also provides grants and scholarships to help fund high school educational programs and send students who've experienced tragic events to college.
Funeral and burial planning in advance
In addition to assisting with an immediate need, Sunset Hills specializes in working with families to make final arrangements in advance. When you plan ahead, you relieve your family from financial and emotional burdens while ensuring your wishes are fulfilled. We offer in-person and virtual consultations, as well as a free Personal Planning Guide.
Lean on us
The caring and dedicated teams at Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park provide exceptional, compassionate service at one of life's most difficult times. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please reach out, day or night, if we may assist with funeral or cremation arrangements in the High Desert or if you would simply like a tour of the funeral home or cemetery. Contact us.