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 About Us
In 1931, DeWitt Donaldson opened his funeral home at 105 Main Street in Laurel, MD. Since that time the original funeral home has not only moved from Main Street to its current Talbott Avenue location, but the Donaldson family has also opened two additional locations (Odenton & Clarksville) to better serve the families they are privileged to serve.
DeWitt met and married Louise (Van Matre) Donaldson in 1959 and they embarked on a career together to build the Donaldson Funeral Home into a business that would withstand the constant changes in the funeral industry and be able to endure for generations. DeWitt and Louise did just that, as the business is now run by their son, DeWitt Jay Donaldson. Their grandson, Cullen DeWitt Donaldson, has been working at the family business since 2010.
In 1989 more visitation space was added to the Laurel location, followed by a major expansion and renovation (including a formal chapel) in 2000. In 2003 the Donaldsons responded to a need from the families in western Anne Arundel County and opened their second
funeral home in Odenton, MD. The Odenton facility not only serves as a
full-service funeral home to the community, but also establishes itself as a crematory with two onsite retorts for humans and a third on site retort to serve pets. In 2017, the Donaldsons opened their third funeral home in Clarksville, MD. This beautiful full-service funeral home will serve the multi-cultural and diverse Howard County communities.
In keeping with the modern desires of families, the staff at the three Donaldson Funeral Homes are well equipped to handle all your social media, website, online condolences and video servicing requests, that have become standard with the modern funeral. At the Donaldson Funeral Home, we strive to infuse modern services while maintaining tradition.
In an article written in 1938 about DeWitt it was said in part that he “gives service when it is needed most” and this is a core value that has filtered down over the years to the entire staff at the Donaldson Funeral Homes.
Commitment to the community
The Donaldson Family believes in actively being a part of the communities where we live and do work.
Louise has served as President of the Soroptimists of Laurel, while Jay has served as President of the Laurel Lions Club. Along with the immediate family members, the staff of the funeral homes share in the commitment of community service. Several of the staff volunteer their time regularly in various regards. Some staff have served as Board Members of various charitable Board of Directors, some have volunteered their time in youth athletics, while others have taken the time to chair committees to put on local fireworks and 4th of July celebrations, just to name a few.

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