Featured Members 
Art Rosen

It is with great pleasure that we spotlight our long-time OCFDA member Art Rosen. We recognized Art's years of service in the industry at our Installation Dinner this past January. Billy Eaton from Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions prepared a wonderful speech. For those who were not in attendance, please read-on as we pay tribute to a man that has dedicated his life to this profession.

Art Rosen / Billy Eaton
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
(January 2019)

Art started his journey in 1959 at his family business South Gate Casket. He spent many years there eventually helping through the merger with San Fernando Casket and the creation of S&S Casket. He took his experience to Golden State Casket Company before becoming Operations Manager for Hillside Memorial in the late 80's. In 1990, he joined York Casket, which became Matthews in 2010 and now Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions.

He is a well-known face at Orange County Funeral Directors Association events. Not only is he one of our founding members he also served as Treasurer and has always been supportive of our organization. The California Funeral Directors Association awarded him Vendor of the Year in recognition of his years of service, hard work and compassion. Now Art is retiring after 60-years in the industry! We wish him well and many relaxing years to come. Thank you Art for your commitment to us and to all the families we serve. Our hats off to you!

Rare glimpse of the first casket
salesman placing an order
(photo undated)

Jamie Tanabe


Jamie Tanabe scattered cremated remains from her airplane for the first time in 2001 on the request of a local funeral director. That first flight was flown by Jamie and her father, Robert. They started flying lessons together when Jamie was 17 and they have been flying together ever since. Robert designed and built the scattering device for that first flight that Jamie still uses today. The opportunity to perform such a moving and beautiful service for the family touched Jamie's heart, and it inspired her to start her aerial cremated remains scattering business, A Journey With Wings.

Cremated remains scattering by air is a unique and beautiful service. Jamie's team can coordinate the in-air scattering with a service on the ground. A scattering service off the coast of southern California can be viewed from a beach, restaurant, or pier – one of the most popular locations to view an at-sea scattering is from the Point Fermin Lighthouse near Angel's Gate Park.

A Journey With Wings can also scatter cremated remains over land. California law allows cremated remains scattering over land location with the permission of the landowner or controlling agency. Jamie has scattered clients over amazing locations such as Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Catalina Island, and Mount Whitney. There are some locations that are restricted, but Jamie has cultivated relationships with private landowners in a few select areas that would otherwise be unavailable, such as Saddleback in Orange County and the Angeles National Forest.

To date, A Journey With Wings has scattered cremated remains for over 1,800 clients. Several families are repeat customers, and Jamie's unique service allow for scattering of the cremains at the exact same location years apart. If you think your clients would be interested in this service, Jamie can make arrangements for an aerial scattering directly with you, or you can refer your clients to her to plan their special event. Jamie can be reached by phone at 800-407-6401 or by email at info@aJourneyWithWings.com.

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