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East County Mortuary & Cremation Service is proud to announce the opening of its premier El Cajon, California location. Setting new standards in personalized attention for a diverse community, East County Mortuary & Cremation Service stands apart with “white glove” service, thoughtful amenities and competitively priced programs, all approached with dignity, compassion and affordability.
East County Mortuary & Cremation Service’s expertise includes Burial, Cremation, Funeral and Memorial Ceremonies, Veteran’s Services, Personalized Memorialization and Customized Caskets. Also offered is a unique Memorial Web Page which makes full use of the internet and social media to pay tribute to a departed loved one with shared images, collected messages and virtual candle lighting. Meeting each family’s personal sense of style, expectation and budget, all services reflect the highest levels of professionalism as well as compassion.
The luxurious 7,500 square foot facility includes a beautiful chapel, comfortably seating up to 150 guests, as well as a multipurpose kitchenette, dedicated meeting rooms and tasteful visitation suites. Gracious, sophisticated and comforting, the décor boasts classic European furnishings, custom drapery, refined artwork, and high-quality flooring, carpeting and paneling. Elegant sconces create a softly lit, soothing ambiance.
“Personally losing a loved one is the driving force behind my commitment to care for grieving families during such a critical time,” says Robert Zakar, local businessman and founder of East County Mortuary & Cremation Service. “My own father’s funeral continuously inspires me to make the funeral experience as accommodating and comfortable as possible, especially for our local community.
In November 2011, Robert Zakar took over the old Paris Frederick East County building in El Cajon, California and undertook an ambitious renovations project. Robert has gathered a professional team that includes Brian Stout, General Manager and Funeral Director, and Uyen Thai Do, who serves as Funeral Director. He has also cultivated a network of dedicated affiliates who share his passion for taking care of families during the loss of their loved one.
About Robert Zakar
Robert Zakar, raised and schooled in El Cajon, has been serving San Diego County since 1995 through community service, philanthropy, education-based fundraising and police force fundraising. He is also a member of the East County Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, Robert and his family addressed the need for a high-quality removal service in Southern California by founding CTS, California Transport Solutions. This family-run business quickly became the area’s preferred removal company, earning recognition and awards from agencies such as LifeShare. In 2011, he stepped down to devote his full attention to East County Mortuary & Cremation Services where he is a licensed California Funeral Director (FDR1766) and licensed California Preneed Insurance Agent (64720).
About Brian Stout
Brian Stout is a licensed California Funeral Director (FDR1238) with over 30 years of funeral industry experience who began his career at the age of 16 as an ambulance attendant for a funeral home in Illinois. After graduating from Western Illinois University, he moved to California and began working for and managing several facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. In 1997, Brian built and operated Temecula's first funeral home, Stout Family Funeral Home and, most recently, served as manager of the Neptune Society in Sherman Oaks, California.
About Uyen Thai Do
A Saigon expatriate forced to leave her homeland of Vietnam, Uyen Thai Do immigrated to the United States in 1975. She earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1980 and embarked on a career in the funeral and cemetery profession with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Uyen has worked at El Camino Memorial and Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, counseling families for over 30 years before joining East County Mortuary & Cremation Service. Throughout her career she has pursued a personal mission to understand the many nuances of Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Hmong, Cambodian, Thai, Korean, and Japanese cultures to better serve local Asian communities as well as uphold age-old religious traditions.