Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 626-334-2921 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Russell Donaldson

Russell Donaldson

Managing Partner

Russ Donaldson grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After high school, Russ moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend Xavier University, where in 1987, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science degree. He then attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he earned an Associate of Applied Science degree, also in 1987. After an apprenticeship in Columbus, Ohio, Russ returned to Cincinnati. As a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Russ thrived in his work environment, eventually rising to the position of manager. Russ left full-time employment in the funeral industry to attend culinary school in Cincinnati, where upon graduation, Russ and a classmate started what became a very successful catering business. All the while, Russ did not stray too far from the business, as he was the pre-need counselor for one funeral home and a trade embalmer for another. In 2012, Russ decided to follow his heart and move to Long Beach to be near the love of his life. Upon moving to California, Russ obtained his Embalmer and Funeral Director licenses just in case he had the opportunity to join funeral service once again. Russ worked for his husband’s construction company until hearing about the managing partner opportunity at White’s Funeral Home. After meeting the very dedicated staff, Russ knew immediately that this is where he wanted to continue his career.

When not at work, Russ can be found at his cabin in Twin Peaks relaxing and raking up pine needles. Spending time with friends and family is also very important. “Life is meant to be enjoyed. Slow down and feed the birds, chipmunks and squirrels.”

Kathy Pena

Kathy Pena

Funeral Director/Apprentice Embalmer



Jim Angerer

Jim Angerer

Service Director



Email: jim.anger@carriageservices.com


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