They’re probably two of Palm Springs’ best known citizens; Sonny Bono and Frank Sinatra are synonymous with this desert city. Fitting then that both of them are here eternally.
Where is Sonny Bono buried? Where is Frank Sinatra Buried?
Bono and Sinatra are both buried at Palm Springs Cemetery District’s Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City.
Bono has a long and storied career as a showman and singer, and then became the mayor of Palm Springs. Sinatra, aka Old Blue Eyes, was a legendary crooner and known for his status as leader of the Hollywood Rat Pack in the 1960s.
Is Desert Memorial Park open to visitors?
If you’d like to view their graves and pay your respects, it’s easy to do. Desert Memorial Park is open daily, and can be accessed from either Ramon Road or Da Val Drive in Cathedral City. While the cemetery is not what you’d call lush or particularly beautiful, it does hold several graves of note. Almost all of the tombstones are flush with the ground, and are small plaques, as opposed to tall monuments. Most of the interesting features are found in the font styles used on the stones. The rows are very well marked, though the plots are not numbered so well, so once you find the row, you’ll have to keep eyes peeled.
Desert Memorial Park does offer handouts on the “Interments of Interest” outside of the chic and modernist Cemetery office, which is a lovely building.
Where is Frank Sinatra’s grave?
Frank Sinatra’s grave is located in the southern part of Desert Memorial Park. It’s easiest if you enter off Ramon Road and drive up just a few rows. Sinatra’s tombstone can be found in Row B8, plot #151. Don’t be surprised if some ‘pennies from heaven’ are sitting on the grave stone.
Frank’s wife Barbara is right next to him in row B8 plot number 152. Frank’s parents, Anthony Sinatra and Natalie Sinatra are further along in row B8 plot number 148 and 149. You can also find Frank’s uncle, Vincent Mazzola and his pal, Jilly Rizzo nearby.
Where is Sonny Bono’s grave?
Drive up the main loop road further into the cemetery and stop at row B35. Walk in about halfway, near the small garden area. Bono’s grave is to the east of the garden.
Who else is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Palm Springs?
There are many more well known names at Desert Memorial Park for those interested in local and Hollywood history. Singer and dancer Frankie Randall, Magda Gabor (Zsa Zsa’a sister), silent film star Charles D. Farrell, and actress Betty Hutton. Architect Donald Wexler is here too (row A27, plot 36) as is composer Frederick Loewe (row B8, plot 89).
Star architect Albert Frey is buried nearby in Palm Springs at Welwood Murray Cemetery (Row 49, Plot 53).
If you want to explore a bit of Palm Springs history in just a few minutes, a stop at Cathedral City’s Desert Memorial Park is well worth it.