OUR HISTORY

On Monday, May 2, 2022, Ken McKenzie acquired the over 100-year-old Armstrong Family Malloy-Mitten Mortuary in Los Angeles, California. The addition of this location has further enhanced our ability to serve the community in two locations; our original home in Long Beach, and this new location are now here to assist families.

Founded by Burton Howard Armstrong in 1903, the family business had been managed for several decades by Burton’s great-grandson, Bob Armstrong. This mortuary on Venice Boulevard is conveniently close to Interstate-110. University Park and the sports center in downtown are nearby local landmarks. Several churches, chapels and cemeteries are within a 30-mile radius of the mortuary, which serves the Southern California and Metro Los Angeles communities.

Continuing with the historical reputation of this mortuary, this welcoming restored landmark building houses a chapel that can accommodate up to 75 guests in comfort. A spacious family meeting room with modern amenities and furnishings provide peaceful home-like surroundings before a funeral service begins.

Kenneth McKenzie became interested in becoming a mortician at the age of 12 when his father committed suicide. Working with grieving families came very natural to him, but he was uncomfortable with high funeral costs.

After eight years at a Lakewood, California mortuary, in 1994 he opened McKenzie Cremation & Burial Services in Signal Hill, California and halved the price of funerals. He shares his services by donating three percent of his professional service charge to the families’ charity. McKenzie gives back to the community by sponsoring annual holiday food drives and summer estate sales that directly benefit people who receive care at local cash-crunched hospices.

It’s no surprise that McKenzie is winning accolades from Long Beach’s high ranking officials. McKenzie has also been named outstanding business of the year for community involvement by the Long Beach Community Business Network. A quarter of a century later, McKenzie still is being awarded countless community awards, the most recent on October 22, 2019 for his 25 years of dedication to the community by Mayor Robert Garcia at the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.