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We're honored to serve our community

The caring and experienced professionals at California Funeral Alternatives are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.

You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.


We are proud members of the

Escondido and Poway Chamber of Commerce

San Diego County Funeral Director's Association

Rancho Bernardo Business Association

California Funeral Director's Association

Cremation Association of North American

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Established 1997

By Richard FDR 317 & Marcia Jungas FDR 1646

Our Mission is to provide families with the best possible  service at prices affordable by all.



Our Team

Our employees are like family

In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. 

Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Richard H. Jungas

Richard H. Jungas

Owner / Funeral Director FDR 317

Richard attended the University of Minnesota & received his degree in Mortuary Science. After serving in the US military he began his career in Minnesota & California as an owner/operator of small businesses as well as managed large groups of funeral homes.  He has shown his leadership skills in many civil & private organizations; such as past President of the following:

(2010) California Funeral Director's Assoc., San Diego County Funeral Director's Assoc., Rotary Club, Sertoma Club and Escondido Kiwanis Club. He is also a deacon and active member of his church.


Marcia J. Jungas

Owner / Funeral Director FDR 1646

Marcia attended the University of Minnesota and has been active in teaching and counseling.  She has been a funeral director since 1998.


Marna Jungas Farwell

Marna Jungas Farwell

Executive Manager / Funeral Counselor

Marna went to school in Sacramento CA and obtained a teaching certificate in Montessori  Education. There she mastered the skills needed to be patient, gentle and caring, not only to her students but also to the families she served.  Since she grew up in the funeral industry, she welcomed the opportunity to take the skills she mastered over 25 years in education and use them in a new path. Marna joined us in the fall of 2014 and is now Executive Manager and Funeral Counselor of California Funeral Alternatives.


Susan Bennett

Susan Bennett

Pre-need Counselor

Susan has worked in finances throughout her career and is now working with our families that are making important decisions regarding their financial goals that will relieve other family members from making difficult decisions at the time of death.


Mariana Hernandez

Mariana Hernandez

Funeral Counselor

Mariana joined our team in August of 2019.  She is attending Cal State San Marcos and majoring in Psychology.  

In addition to speaking Spanish and understanding the cultural traditions in the Hispanic community, Mariana brings a diverse background in communication and sales to our office.


Daniel Farwell

Daniel Farwell

Funeral Counselor

Daniel is Richard and Marcia Jungas' oldest grandson.  Daniel began working with California Funeral Alternatives in 2012 as a Funeral Assistant.  Daniel graduated from Classical Academy High School in 2014 and traveled overseas for a few months.  Daniel has returned to work with his family and has been promoted to Funeral Counselor.

Daniel is currently attending Palomar College.  He is working to receive his AA in business and pass the Funeral Directors test to become a licensed Funeral Director.


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