Ruben’s Christmas Elves

Ruben M. Contreras was diagnosed with a terminal form of Brain Cancer (DIPG) which has a 0% survival rate.  He courageously fought for over a year and lost his battle with cancer at the age of 7. Ruben was laid to rest at the Davis Cemetery.

The UC Davis Pediatric Cancer Center provided Ruben treatment for 12 months. While receiving treatment, Ruben’s family witnessed the outpouring of support for each child while toys were gifted for the holidays.

After Ruben passed, Ruben’s family established the Ruben’s Christmas Elves toy drive which is now in its 3rd year.  All toys donated to benefit the UC Davis Pediatric Cancer Center. Join the Contreras family in making this holiday season just a little easier on the families dealing with the unfair reality of pediatric cancer. 

The Contreras family has put together an Amazon wish list for donation ideas that can be found here.



Drop Off Locations:

Davis Cemetery District 820 Pole Line Road Davis, CA 95618

Kuk Sool Won of Woodland 618 Cottonwood Street Woodland, CA 95695

Man Cave Barber Shop 9 Main Street, Suite 111 Woodland, CA 95695

UC Davis ECE Electrical 734 Farrell Street Woodland, CA 95695



Annual Wreath Fundraiser

Family and friends of loved ones can order a holiday wreath to be placed on a grave or displayed at your home. 22″ fresh Noble Fir wreath will be sold for $25 each. All proceeds will go to the continuous care and restoration of our beautiful cemetery as well as to help fund various outreach events throughout the year. Please contact for more information or to order your wreath today. Quantities are limited.

Davis Cemetery Veteran’s Day Ceremony @ 11am

The Davis Cemetery District, in collaboration with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VRW) Post 6949 in Davis, is hosting its annual Veterans Day Remembrance on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 820 Pole Line Road.  Please join this remembrance of those men and women who have served in the military, defending and protecting the United States.

The Davis Brass Ensemble begins playing at 10:30 am.  The formal part of the program starts at 10:50 am with an explanation of the Bells of Peace, followed by the posting of the colors by the UC Davis ROTC, and vocal performances from Carol Kessler and the Davis High School Madrigal Choir.

Speakers include VFW Post 6949 Commander Jay Brookman, Davis City Council Member Dan Carson, and Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg. The program also includes a poetry reading by Andy Jones and opening and closing prayers by Rod Layman, chaplain of VFW Post 4969.

History Tours

Enjoy a stroll through history one of our  Davis Cemetery District History Tours.

The historic cemetery district is offering guided history tours on our beautiful grounds.. We will share the stories of the pioneer families and individuals who have shaped our city into what it is today.   We will also discuss the meaning of and changes to gravestone symbols from Victorian times to the present.

Tours will take about an 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes. Guided cart tours are available but will limited to three individuals.
Contact Jess Potts at or call 530-756-7807 to schedule an appointment.

Historic J Section – ON SALE NOW

J Section Expansion – ON SALE NOW

The Davis Cemetery District is pleased to announce we have added a new expansion section to our beautiful cemetery. Originally gifted to the catholic Church in 1874 by Mrs. I.S. Chiles, J section is a cornerstone of the cemetery. While the District does not inter by religion, J section is known as the historic catholic section. The new plots are beautifully shaded by a mature Japanese Zelkova which is surrounded by miniature roses, African daisies, and Foxtail ferns. This section offers both casket and large cremation plots and will accommodate cremation, standard, green, and titan burials.

Stop by 820 Pole Line Road or call (530) 756-7807 to reserve your plot(s) today. The Davis Cemetery offers a pre-need program and fiscal year financing options. Entering into a pre-need contract is the best way to assure your burial wishes are followed.

J Section Expansion Pricing

$2,500 Casket Plot (Plot and Endowment)

$1,400 Large Cremation Plot (Plot and Endowment)



The Davis Cemetery District is pleased to announce that we have broken ground on a section expansion which will bring 68 new casket plots and 12 double cremation plots to our historic J section. Under direct supervision of the Grounds Foreman, Matt Ries, our grounds crew has been demolishing an old hearst turnaround pad to make way for the new plots in the highly desirable historic section of the cemetery. Dylan Weiss is managing backhoe operations while Daniel and Sawyer are the eyes and muscle on the ground as the concrete is pulled in sections and placed in concrete recycling containers. A big thank you to Recology for being so accommodating with our concrete disposal schedule.

July 24th UPDATE

The J section expansion is coming along nicely. Our dedicated grounds crew have rerouted irrigation and graded the area. We will be seeding the plots over the next week and are on track to begin selling the plots September 1, 2019.

August 8th UPDATE


The grass is coming in nicely and we are on schedule to open sales September 1, 2019.

August 21st UPDATE

The Board reviewed an initial pricing structure proposal on August 21st and will set pricing at the September 18th meeting. Plots will be available for sale beginning October 1, 2019.

About the Davis Cemetery District

The Davis Cemetery District is a non-enterprise independent Special District governed by an appointed Board of Trustees who serve four-year terms. As a public agency, the District is not in the business to make a profit as a private company. The Board of Trustees meets at a noticed public meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm. The trustees have adopted comprehensive rules and regulations by which to operate the cemetery.  All board meetings are open to the public. The District is closely aligned with the community of Davis and surrounding areas and makes its facilities available to community service groups. The District strives to strengthen the Cemetery as a more invited and meaningful location for civic remembrance, contemplation, and healing by creating an attractive environment that encourages people to come and enjoy nature, art and civic history.


Cemetery Services

The Davis Cemetery District is a community tradition of historic natural beauty since 1855. We are committed to providing excellent service and beautiful environments to honor and remember loved ones. We serve all faiths and cultures, and we offer a wide range of options for memorializations.

A cemetery is a sanctuary and a place for friends and family to mourn, remember, and celebrate. Whether you are planning for the future or need to make immediate arrangements, we are here to educate and assist you with care and compassion. The Davis Cemetery honors the past, serves the present, and enriches the future.

A full list of services can be found here.

Green Burial

Green Burial

WHAT IS A GREEN BURIAL? Green (or natural) burial emphasizes simplicity and environmental sustainability. The body is neither cremated nor prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids. It is simply placed in a biodegradable container or shroud and interred without a concrete burial vault.

WHAT IS THE GREEN BURIAL PROCESS? The body or container is lowered into the earth without the use of a burial vault. Earth is then packed directly around and over the body or container. The Davis Cemetery District places a thin concrete vault lid on the packed dirt above the body and then puts more dirt on top of the lid in order in ensure the site remains flat and stable for the weight of the memorial marker and of our mowers and other equipment.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE GREEN BURIAL OPTION? The Davis Cemetery District offers the green burial option for either single or companion interment. In the case of a companion green burial, the District will use a separate vault lid on the packed dirt above each body.

Embalmed bodies and/or those in non-biodegradable caskets, such as metal, are not eligible for the green burial option. Green burial is not an option for the second interment into a companion plot in which a companion vault is already in place.

For a full list of services go here


Ten things to do during your visit

Ten Things To Do During Your Visit…

*Inventory, photograph, paint or view our wildlife.

*Bring a sketchbook or a notebook and spend some quiet time on one of our benches. Let the beauty and the history inspire your creativity.

*Hike or jog the perimeter of the cemetery, enjoying the view from many perspectives. Climb our hill for a fresh look.

*Check out our historic swale, our perennial mounds, and our wildflower meadow (all located in the eastern half of the grounds).

*Check out our scent garden and our bulb and wildflower garden (both on the historic side of the cemetery). Enjoy our changing foliage. (Where else can you find a Nepal Camphor, native to the Himalayas, in Davis?)

*Soothe your soul listening to our Veteran Memorial Fountain.

*Take a meditative walk on one of our labyrinths.

*See the latest Gallery 1855 exhibit inside our iconic office building.

*Look at the lovely statues and historic stones. (Can you find the one that came all the way from China? Hint: it has wonderful dragons.)

*Discover Davis history through our self-guided history tour. A copy of our map can be found here.   (Can you find the headstone of the woman born in 1796?)

We have six markers over 12 feet tall, four that range from 8-12 feet, and some thirteen between 6-8 feet high; they include eight obelisk markers and four full figure statues.
28% of all city council members are buried here, as are 24% of all persons for whom UC Davis buildings are named.