By Emily Jex Boyle
Two years ago, the beautiful San Tan Memorial Gardens opened in Queen Creek, Arizona. It is currently the only cemetery in the Queen Creek, Gilbert and southeast San Tan Valley and is located on a 40-acre portion of the Schnepf Farms.
Schnepf Farms was designated as an official “Arizona Treasure” by former Governor Janet Napolitano. The natural vistas of trees and mountains seen from the Memorial Gardens are priceless, with beautiful views of orchards as well as the San Tan and Superstition Mountains.
Dillon Benavides, San Tan Memorial Gardens’ acting manager-in-training, says, “We are here to provide a quiet and peaceful final resting place for our loved ones, right here in the Southeast Valley.”
While other cemeteries are starting to fill in the Valley, the Memorial Gardens have the plans and the space to be able to serve families for the next 100 years. Currently spaces are available on 7 of the 40 acres at the Memorial Gardens.
Schnepf Farms has been caring for customers in the community for over 70 years. While Schnepf Farms is now owned by Mark and Carrie Schnepf, it was Mark’s father who had always hoped to provide a cemetery for the community in the Southeast Valley. Mark is pleased to be able to help his father’s dream become reality.
The San Tan Memorial Gardens is part of a long-term plan to maintain the Schnepf Farms reputation and is an opportunity for the Schnepf family to continue a family tradition of being able to offer something of value to the community.
Dillon says, whether they are assisting with a family’s immediate need or with future planning, the Memorial Gardens’ staff is committed to customer service and will be kind and sensitive to each family’s concerns and situation.
The Memorial Gardens currently employs three grounds crew, one family counselor, one manager and one manager in training. Dillon says the staff can help with proper burial method selection and other concerns.
“We offer casket, urn and cremation burial. In the future we will also have a mausoleum with crypts and niches,” he says. “We highly recommend making an appointment with one of our family counselors to determine what burial choice is right for you.”
“The Memorial Gardens are financially endowed to ensure perpetual care,” Dillon adds.
For years, Schnepf Farms has been dedicated to preserving history. The San Tan Memorial Gardens is prepared to preserve and care for a part of your family’s history. Visit them at 22425 East Cloud Road in Queen Creek, any time Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment after hours and on weekends. For further information, contact San Tan Memorial Gardens at 480-987-2488 or visit www.santanmemorial.com.