Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

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Joshua England

Managing Funeral Director, Crematory Manager

Joshua, owner and manager of England Family Mortuary and Creekside Crematory, is married to Heather Bither and they have three children, Jackson, Logan and Lillian, as well as being the proud owner of Winston, our mortuary comfort Golden Doodle.

He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in psychology, and brings to the mortuary his experience working with Stricklin-Snively Mortuary in Long Beach; Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City; and Stout Family Funeral Home, of Temecula.

Joshua has extensive experience in handling funeral needs of all faiths as well as high profile funerals as a licensed funeral director. He represents the young up and coming generation of funeral directors that are just beginning to influence the industry for the good. He is also a the licensed crematory manager of Creekside Crematory and a notary public.

He and is family are active members of Awakening Church in Murrieta where he is currently serving on the Elder Board as well as playing drums in the praise band. He formerly worshipped with CrossPoint Church in Temecula. Josh is also very involved in Friday Night Lights as a football coach for his sons and has also served as a high school varsity head coach for both baseball and soccer, and enjoys riding his motorcycle in his free time.

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Greg England
Funeral Director, Crematory Operator, Pastoral Care Director

Greg's background is psychology and ministry, having served as both a family counselor and a pastor (30+ years). He obtained his B.A. Degree from Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) in Psychology and his M.A. Degree in Counseling from University of North Alabama, as well as additional studies in ministry at Harding Graduate School of Theology (Memphis, TN) and Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. Along the way Greg served as Founding and Senior Chaplain for Rockledge (FL) Police Department and earned a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. For 20 years he was a varsity basketball official in Alabama and Florida.

He has served in churches in Alabama, Florida and California as youth pastor, lead pastor, worship pastor, and board of elders. Presently he and his wife worship with Awakening Church (formerly Chorus Church) in Murrieta, CA.

Greg worked as a funeral assistant at Stricklin-Snively Mortuary in Long Beach; Dilday Brothers Mortuary in Huntington Beach; and is a licensed funeral director and licensed crematory operator and is frequently involved in pastoral work with England Family Mortuary.

Hobbies include music (guitar, bass, drums and banjo), reading, Bible study, occasionally preaching, watching Alabama football, but most of all his grandchildren Jackson, Logan and Lilly. He and Janice were 10th grade sweethearts and have been married since 1975. They have two children: Joshua (Heather) and Jessica (Jason) and a rescue dog, Bella.

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Janice England

Funeral Director & Pre-Need Counselor

Janice enjoyed almost 30 years of teaching Kindergarten through High School, but mostly 3rd and 5th grades before changing careers to work with Greg and Joshua. She has her B.A. in Education from Lipscomb University and is a Licensed Funeral Director and Pre-Need Insurance Counselor. She brings a very tender and compassionate heart to the profession and is always seen with a beautiful smile and helping attitude. She is a member of Awakening Church in Murrieta.

Aside from her grandchildren, Jackson, Logan and Lilly, she enjoys riding her bicycle, playing board games, Dominoes and browsing through thrift stores.


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Winston England

Registered Therapy Dog

Winston is in his 3rd year as our Registered Therapy Dog and has become a hit with our families. He loves to be around people and simply cannot get enough petting. Winston is a Golden Doodle, belonging to Josh and Heather England, but has grown up on the weekdays at the mortuary. Families will often come by just to see him and he has been requested to attend many funeral services.

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Donna Lent

Office Manager

Donna has been with our mortuary since the very beginning and serves as our office manager, dog walker (Winston), and funeral assistant. She is also a lifelong resident of Murrieta. Donna graduated from Elsinore High School and has her A.A. Degree is Social Science and Business Administration from Mt. San Jacinto College.

Donna is an active member of the Murrieta Historical Society and attends Murrieta United Methodist Church. Her father was a founding member of the Murrieta Fire Department and served as Assistant Fire Chief.

She has served as District Manager of the Murrieta Cemetery, Administrator for Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Assistant Manager of Murrieta Machine Shop and as Funeral Assistant for Stout Family Funeral Home. She was married to John for many years (he passed in 2020) and they have one daughter, Monica (Cody). Donna remembers as a child playing in the middle of Old Highway 395, waiting for a car to come along, only to get bored because no cars came through, so she and her friends would go play elsewhere. She is truly a Murrieta native.


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Trudee Betsill

Financial Manager/Arrangement Counselor

Trudee has been with England Family Mortuary since 2014 and serves as our Financial Manager as well as an Arrangement Counselor / Funeral Assistant. Aside from keeping our company financially straight, she is very involved with the Haiti Endowment Fund, traveling many times per year to Haiti for that mission ministry. Trudee worships at Impact Church in Menifee and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. We feel very blessed to have Trudee on our staff.



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Tina DeHaan

Embalmer

Tina is one of the finest embalmers in the business. She has been with us since they beginning first as our trade embalmer then as our full time embalmer on staff. She has previously worked as an embalmer a two other Southern California funeral homes.

Tina graduated from Montebello High School and has her A.S. Degree from Cypress College of Mortuary Sciences and is also a licensed Funeral Director.

Aside from her work as an embalmer, Tina frequently runs marathons and ultra-marathons.



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Chris Hartle

Funeral Assistant, Memorial Specialist

Chris started working with us part time in 2018 and quickly became a full time member of our family as a funeral assistant, memorial specialist and our tech guy. Chris is a graduate of Chaparral High School and has his A.A. Degree from Palomar Community College in Business Management. He holds certification from Microsoft in various fields of computers: MCSE, MCSA, A+, CCNA as well as certified by CA-EDRS.

His background includes computer engineering (he owns his own IT Company) and customer service work for Lowe's, Southern Contracting Co and Best Buy.

He is happily married to Amanda and has one daughter. Chris currently is the Worship Pastor at RockRidge Church in Murrieta, but has also served in that role at Calvary Chapel French Valley, Chorus Church, Awakening Church, CrossPoint Church and Inland Valley Church.

Chris has a great attitude and a servant's heart, always willing to do anything asked of him.

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Ed Bush

Pre-Need Manager, Funeral Director, Pastoral Care

Ed is a licensed funeral director and life insurance agent. He manages our pre-need department. He is available to meet with families in one of our two locations or in home. He currently spends most of his time running our newest Sun City / Menifee Location. He is a retired pastor and loves spending his free time golfing.

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Howard Cunningham

Pre-Need Counselor, Funeral Assistant, Community Liaison

Howard is our third pre-need counselor and serves as a funeral assistant and our Community Liaison as well. A graduate of Millikan High School and having his B.A. Degree in Communications from CSULB, Howard's experience includes marketing in food services as well as owning his own insurance company. He has been married 44 years to Connie, has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and enjoys woodworking, fishing and has been awarded the Lifetime Public Service Award from President Trump for his work with the Temecula Valley Elks Lodge where he serves as Chaplain. Howard worships at Trinity Lutheran Church in Temecula and helps the Living Hope Christian Fellowship in Anza.

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Miriam Droke

Crematory Office Manager, Crematory Operator, Funeral Assistant

Miriam is our Crematory Office Manager at Creekside Crematory as well as a certified crematory operator. She helps out as a funeral assistant as well helping with viewings and local church services. Miriam graduated from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale as well as Pepperdine University. Her experience includes 11 years with the Fullerton Union High School District and 8 years with Hope International University. She is widowed with 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. She attends Murrieta Church of Christ. Miriam enjoys coordinating events and weddings and interior designs.


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Charlene Swearingen

Crematory Operator

Charlene came to work with us via her connections in the Murrieta Friday Night Lights where her husband, Tory, and Josh England were coaching their son's teams. She is a graduate of Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, UT and is a certified crematory operator. Charlene has experience of 15 years in the hospitality industry and 2 years with the Temecula Valley Unified School District. In her spare time she is Mom to Madelyn and Maxwell and enjoys tennis, swimming and traveling..

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Debbie Huffman

Death Certificate Clerk

Debbie has been with us from the start of our business and has served as a funeral assistant (along with her husband, David, who occasionally helps at services). She is certified by CA-EDRS and works with our staff to secure permits for burials and cremations.  She is a graduate of Loara High School and attended Cypress College and worked for Hamrock Manufacturing as a Customer Service Rep for 10 years.

Debbie is always appreciated by her fellow staff members and the families she serves because of her caring heart and her willingness to go the extra mile to help.  She has a daughter, Tessa Marie, and enjoys crochet, painting with oils, dancing, and her dogs. She and David attend 412 Church in Murrieta.


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Thomas McKenzie

Funeral Assistant

Tom started working for England Family Mortuary in 2015 as a funeral assistant. Tom graduated from CSULB with a B.S. Degree in Finance with a duel emphasis of management and investment. He has served as a Financial Analyst and Commercial Loan Underwriter for Mission Oaks National Bank from 2005-2016 and held the same position at Republic Bank in Torrance and prior to that various positions with Crocker National Bank.

Tom has been married for 45 years and has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. He and his wife attend Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship in Wine Country. In his spare time Tom enjoys woodworking, photography and other outdoor activities in addition to reading detailed military history on the US Revolutionary War, Civil War and both World Wars. One of his favorite past times is taking long road trips and therefore he usually handles all of our long haul deliveries and pick ups throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.

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Tim Riter

Funeral Assistant, Pastoral Care

Tim started working for us in 2018 as a funeral assistant and in Pastoral Care. He is a graduate of Millikan High School in Long Beach and holds degrees from Pepperdine University (B.A. History and M.A. Communications) as well as an M.A. in Ministry from Hope International University.

Tim taught for 8 years at Oaks Christian High School; 3 years at Linfield Christian School; as well as pastoring Community Christian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes (8 years) and Rancho Christian Church in Temecula (8 years)

He is a published author and is expecting his latest book this year, and is a motorcycle addict, having ridden almost a quarter of a million miles and visited 46 states and Canada on two wheels. He is also a troutaholic and loves fishing the wild Sierra Streams.

Tim and Shiela have been married for 39 years. He has a step-daughter, Teri; grandson Joshua and granddaughter Hannah.



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Ed Dubas

Funeral Assistant

Ed has been with England Family Mortuary and Creekside Crematory since 2014. Ed started as the main crematory operator and served in that roll for many years before coming to the funeral home to help with services and removals.

Ed previously worked at Holy Cross Catholic Mortuary in Culver City for a number of years before moving to the Temecula Valley.

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Mike Maisano

Funeral Assistant

Mike started working with England Family Mortuary in early 2020 after owning and operating one of the largest mortuary support companies in South Florida.

In his spare time Mike spent time as a minor league hockey player playing all over the US.