Staff & Directors
Committed to Caring for Every Culture
and Every Person
Because we have so many cultures and nationalities buried here, it is important to have staff members that can relate to the various traditions and ceremonial practices. We have memorial counselors and funeral directors for each cultural group to help care for families in their time of need.
Much of our grounds crew has worked for Cypress Lawn for over two decades. All requests are addressed within 24 hours. They are constantly working on the grounds and work in sections each week to manicure and maintain the beauty of the cemetery. Each department, whether it is grounds crew or family staff, has weekly meetings to allow for communication between all staff members.
Robert A. Gordon, Jr.
President & CEO
Bob Gordon Jr. is a California native and 1988 Business Administration and Marketing graduate from San Diego State University. He has been in the funeral service and cemetery industry since 1980. As a fourth-generation funeral industry leader, he was born into a funeral and cemetery family and began his career in funeral service at the age of 15 on the grounds crew of his grandfather’s firm, Oakdale Mortuary & Memorial Park in Glendora, CA. He eventually would work in every position at the cemetery and funeral home, rising to the level of Vice President and remaining there until he left the family business after 14 years of service. He became the Director of Sales for the San Diego-based El Camino Group for two large funeral home/cemetery combinations that served a large portion of the local Hispanic and Filipino communities. From there, he moved to Service Corporation International (SCI), where through a series of promotions, he was made the Market Sales Director for Orange and San Diego Counties. His leadership encompassed 12 locations, including six large funeral home/cemetery combinations and six stand-alone locations that together produced $85 million annually in arrangements. For over 18 years, Bob had consistently ranked as one of the top Sales Executives in SCI North America prior to accepting the position of President and CEO for Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association. He is also a licensed funeral director and cemetery broker. Bob is married with five children.
Board of Directors, Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association
J.B. McIntosh, Chairman – Member since 1983
Charles Crocker, Vice-Chairman – Member since 1982
James C. Flood, Vice-Chairman – Member since 1989
Richard Tobin Thieriot, Vice-Chairman – Member since 1999
Michael R. V. Whitman – Member since 2008
Peter M. Folger – Member since 2015
Morris Noble, Jr. – Member since 2016
Richard H. Peterson Jr. – Member since 2018
Board of Directors, Cypress Funeral Services, Inc.
Kenneth E. Varner, Chairman – Member since 1997
John W. Gill – Member since 1997
Robert A. Gordon, Jr.
Arrangement and Planning Staff
Managing Director of Funeral Services
Past President of the California Funeral Directors Association
Licensed Funeral Home Manager
Licensed Funeral Home Director/Embalmer