History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Gold Coast Cremation was opened because our family saw an opportunity to expand our service area to all of Southern California by offering on-line cremation. This new idea was born shortly after we opened our own state of the art crematory in Murrieta, CA. We wanted to be able to better serve more families from Riverside, San Diego, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, not just a typical 30 mile radius of business. We are purposefully are not trying to be a full service funeral home, we strive to be the best at what we offer and that is Simple, Affordable Dignified Private Cremation Provider purely based on-line. Most families can complete all the paperwork in less than 10 minutes and never get out of their favorite recliner. You will never be asked to come into our office to “make arrangements”.  

Since opening our doors in late 2015 we have served hundred and hundreds of families all over Southern California. Our family has been in the funeral industry for nearly 20 years and we bring that professionalism and attention to each family we serve. Call or click on our chat button at the bottom of the screen to talk to one of the owners anytime 24/7.  We don’t outsource our cremations, once you choose Gold Coast Cremation your loved one stays in our care at our local facilities, they are not shipped off to some corporate crematory with little supervision. We would be honored to serve your family. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Joshua England

    Joshua England, Managing Funeral Director, Crematory Manager

    Joshua, owner and manager of Gold Coast Cremation 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; and currently also owns and manages England Family Mortuary in 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.

  • Andrew Bither

    Andrew Bither, Arrangement Counselor

    Andrew is one of the co-owners of Gold Coast Cremation and has been with the company since the very beginning. Andrew graduated from Chaparral High School in Temecula, and has a CA POST Degree as a former Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy. He also has his Arrangement Counselor's Certificate from the State of California. In addition to being a co-owner of Gold Coast Cremation, Andrew is a full time instructor for Advance School of Driving in Fontana for the past 13 years.

    Andrew is married to Makayla and has 3 children; Brayden, Emily and Luke. He is also the brother-in-law to Joshua England. In his spare time Andrew loves to ride dirt bikes, going camping and is a Harley Davidson enthusiast.

  • Trudee Betsill

    Trudee Betsill, Financial Manager / Arrangement Counselor

    Trudee has been with Gold Coast Cremation from the start as a co-owner 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.

  • Rob Thompson

    Rob Thompson, Marketing Director, Arrangement Counselor

    Rob is one of the founding partners of Gold Coast Cremation and serves as the marketing director and the main IT Guy. He is a graduate of Santa Fe Christian High School in Solana Beach and has a B.A. Degree in Writing from Cal State University San Marcos.

    In addition to his role with Gold Coast Cremation he is the owner of Infoswell Media for over 20 years and worships at The Orchard Church in Temecula with his children, Kaylee and Johnny.

  • Miriam Droke

    Miriam Droke, Crematory Office Manager, Funeral Assistant

    Miriam is our Crematory Office Manager at Creekside Crematory as well as a certified crematory operator. She is also our front line contact for Gold Coast Cremation during business hours. 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 married and has 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. She and her husband, Larry, attend Murrieta Church of Christ. Miriam enjoys coordinating events and weddings and interior designs.

  • Cathy Schroeder

    Cathy Schroeder, Crematory Operator

    Cathy came to work for us in 2016 as a certified crematory operator. Cathy graduated from North High School in Torrance and has a Medical Assistant Certificate from NOVA, as well as studies from El Camino Community College.

    Cathy and her husband, Fred, have 2 daughters and a grandson and are very active in the praise and worship teams as well as the children and youth ministries at RockRidge Church in Murrieta.

  • Charlene Swearingen

    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.

  • Chris Hartle

    Chris Hartle, Funeral Assistant

    Chris started working with us part time in 2018 and quickly became a full time member of our family as a funeral assistant, helping us with most of our removals during business hours. 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.