Eloy Memorial Park Cemetery
The City Clerk Department maintains all files of the Eloy Memorial Park Cemetery. Anyone who wishes to obtain further information on the cemetery, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 520-466-9201.
In order to obtain correct pricing on cemetery plots, you will need to bring a utility bill with your name and physical address. For burials, you will need to bring in a utility bill with the deceased name and physical address (e.g., a water bill, electric bill, gas bill, cable bill, telephone bill, a social security check, health insurance, etc). You can also bring a letter on letterhead from a clergy verifying your residence.
There are certain conditions to be met in order to be able to reserve a plot or be buried at the cemetery. Please feel free to contact us for further information. For more information, please view the Eloy Memorial Park Cemetery Rules and Regulations.
Headstone/Monument deliveries are by appointment only, please contact the office at 520-466-9201, to schedule a delivery. Drivers must call 30 minutes prior to arriving at Eloy Memorial Park.
To ship small markers (24" x 12" and under), please ship them to:
Eloy Community Services
Attention: Jerry Calvillo
100 E. 7th Street
Eloy, AZ 85131
The Cemetery Board amended the Eloy Memorial Park Cemetery Rules and Regulations. It was determined that certain benches will be allowed at the cemetery; however, you will need to call the City Clerk Department to obtain precise information as to what type of benches are allowed. You will need to fax or email a layout of the bench and it will be reviewed and approved or denied by the City Clerk and Community Services Director.
No interments, disinterments, or removals shall be permitted on Sundays, city observed holidays or city observed holiday weekends.
The City of Eloy is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Eve (½ day) - January
New Year’s Day - January
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January
Presidents’ Day - February
Memorial Day - May
Independence Day - July
Labor Day - September
Veterans Day - November
Thanksgiving Day - November
Day after Thanksgiving - November
Christmas Eve (½ day) - December
Christmas Day - December
City offices close at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Eloy Memorial Park visitation hours shall be Monday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset. The administrative office shall be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and closed on all City observed holidays.
Why do Graves Sink?
The excavation of a grave, or any other reasonable size hole, results in the loosening of the excavated material. When soil is replaced into a grave, it will inevitably contain more air pockets than the compacted soil before excavation. Over time, a backfilled grave will ’sink’ as the air pockets escape and the soil settles; this is absolutely natural and practically unavoidable, especially in wet weather. The amount and frequency of grave sinkage depends upon numerous factors, including:
- Nature of the backfilled soil
- Nature of the surrounding ground
- Depth of excavation
- Amount of rain, or rainwater runoff
- Groundwater levels
Ground subsidence is more likely after an extreme rainfall events or excessive rainfall over a prolonged period of time.
Why don’t the cemetery compact the graves?
Following the backfilling of any excavation, unless sufficient pressure is applied to thoroughly compact the backfilled material to exclude air spaces, the backfilled material sinks. However, in the case of cemeteries, it would be wholly inappropriate to apply such pressure to graves as it would crush the coffin.
What happens after the burial?
Following the funeral, the equipment is removed and the grave is backfilled using the soil excavated from it. A certain amount of ‘mounding up’ of the grave takes place in anticipation of ground sinkage.
You will note that the ‘mound’ is a thick clay material, which is the soil excavated from the grave. During the weeks after the burial the cemetery will continue to monitor and top up the grave, if required with this clay material.
Until the ground stabilizes, the use of top soil or sand like material to ‘top up’ the grave is futile as the finer particles erode in the wind or simply wash away in rain.
It is important to note that graves need to be topped up on several occasions over a prolonged period before ground movements ceases.
Once the ground is suitably settled, a layer of topsoil will be placed over the grave area.
What to do if you notice grave subsidence?
We recognize that seeing the surface of a grave sinking can cause distress to the bereaved, it is unfortunately a ‘natural’ phenomenon that affects all cemeteries.
Grave subsidence can also be a trip hazard; we conduct a ‘rolling program’ of backfilling and top dressing. Although often this can occur quickly after natural occurrences, we appreciate community notification of this matter. To assist in the process, please take note of the grave’s location and other details such as the name on the memorial or area of the cemetery so that we can locate the grave on our system.
After identifying the grave, we will log a maintenance request and submit a work order to have the grave backfilled. Weather permitting, most backfills are completed in a timely manner.
Eloy Memorial Park CemeteryPhysical Address
5839 E. Milligan Road
Eloy, AZ 85131
5839 E. Milligan Road Eloy AZ 85131
595 N. C Street, Suite 104
Eloy, AZ 85131
Phone: 520-466-9201Fax: 520-466-3161
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Sunday
Sunrise to Sunset
Lorena LaSalde-RiosAdministrative AssistantPhone: 520-466-9201