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The faces that greet you when you enter one of the three funeral homes are not just those of the Donaldson Family, but part of what Louise Donaldson considered her “might as well be family”.
Including Jay and Cullen Donaldson there are over ten licensed morticians working hard to meet and exceed the wishes and needs of the families that we are blessed to serve. The current staff of funeral directors have a combined total of experience exceeding well over 200 years. There are four directors alone with over 30 years’ experience each, some exclusively with the Donaldson Funeral Home. Besides the licensed morticians there are several funeral assistants, certified crematory operators, hostesses and office staff that assist the families that we serve. Again, some of the support staff have been caring for the families that call on one of the Donaldson Funeral Homes for over 25 years. This commitment to the families and the communities is why Mrs. Donaldson called her staff, “might as well be family.”
The Donaldson Family
The Donaldson Funeral Homes have been a family owned and operated business since 1931 when founder, DeWitt Donaldson, opened the Laurel funeral home.
DeWitt was born and raised in Laurel, MD and received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland. DeWitt began his working life as an electrician and plied his trade all over the Laurel area including the Laurel Racetrack and the old Laurel Sanitarium. It was while moonlighting at a local funeral home that Mr. Donaldson found his true calling in life and opened his own funeral home, while still performing electrical work.
DeWitt met his wife, Louise, at a funeral he arranged for one of her family members. The two married in 1959 and settled into working the business together, as Louise acquired her own license in May of the same year. Prior to her marriage, Louise worked at
the American Security and Trust Co. in Washington,
Jay Donaldson (current President) was born in 1966 and lived upstairs of the Laurel funeral home with his parents and older sister, Diane. Growing up, Jay helped around the funeral home and made the decision to make the family business of helping others his life’s work while still in High School. Cullen Donaldson (Jay’s son & 3rd generation) has been working at the family business since 2010. Cullen attended classes in the evening while working during the day. Cullen was awarded his Mortician License in 2017.

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