Maurice "Mac" McDonald

Birth Name:
Maurice McDonald
Birth Date:
November 26, 1902
Birth Place:
Manchester, New Hampshire
Death Date:
December 11, 1971
Place of Death:
Palm Springs, California
Cause of Death:
Heart Failure
Cemetery Name:
Desert Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Business and Finance
Maurice McDonald and Richard McDonald, together known as the McDonald Brothers, were American entrepreneurs who founded the fast food company McDonald's. They opened the original McDonald's restaurant in 1940 in San Bernardino, California, where they created the Speedee Service System to produce their meals, a method that would become the standard for fast food. After hiring Ray Kroc as their franchise agent in 1954, they continued to run the company until they were bought out by Kroc in 1961 for a mere $2.7 million for a chain that produced $37 million at the time. Ray Kroc also failed to honor the commission agreement on the gross sales of the entire operation.

Fun Fact

Maurice was the creator of the Big Mac, which is used as an economy index to compare the currency of different countries.

Repeat after me – Ray Kroc is not the founder of McDonald’s.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Desert Memorial Park

31-705 Da Vall Drive

Cathedral City, California, 92262


North America


map of Desert Memorial Cemetery in Cathedral City in California

Grave Location:

Section B-8, Grave 43

Grave Location Description

Buried in the same section as Frank Sinatra, as you enter the cemetery drive 100 feet and park. Walk to your right towards the flowers for Frank and his wife and continue walking down the row another 200 feet. His marker is well worn and hard to find if you just looking for Maurice McDonald. Good luck!

Grave Location GPS

33.816722, -116.441639



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