Commemorative and Memorial Trees

In appreciation for her contributions to La Mesa Beautiful, we established a program in honor of the late Mrs. Mary-Em Howard. This program funds the planting of commemorative and memorial trees in recognition of citizens who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of La Mesa Beautiful.


We are proud that along with our efforts, La Mesa has been designated "Tree City USA" for 34 consecutive years by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the longest time for any city in the County of San Diego!

Past Honorees:

1997........Col. Robert C. Howard, USA

1998........Hamilton Beardsley

1999........Marie Mangan

2000........Officer George Sperry

2002........Robert Bichowsky

2004........Lu-Gray Hill

2006........Carol & Brice Lockwood


Memorial Trees donated and planted by La Mesa Beautiful include:


John King, Charter Member-planted 1984 in MacArthur Park (Replaced in 1997 in Harry Griffen Park)


Col. Bob Howard, Member-planted 1987 in MacArthur ParkCecile West, Charter Member-planted 1990 in Aztec Park


Beverly Patty, Member-planted 1991 in Northmont Park (gift of LMB members & friends)


Joseph R. West, Charter Member-planted 1991 in Aztec Park


Harold L. Caulkins, Member-planted 1992 in Demonstration Garden/La Mesa Fire Station#13


William S Brown, Charter Member-planted 1993 in Harry Griffen Park


Ruth Wordell, Co-Founder-planted 1994 in Harry Griffen Park


Ray W. Fellows, Member-planted 1996 in green belt island bounded by University Ave., La Mesa Blvd., and Memorial Drive


John "Ski" Mazalewski, Member-planted 1996 in Collier Park


Malcolm T. "Mac" Wordell, Founder-planted 1996 in Harry Griffen Park


Timothy Ray Ward, La Mesa resident and victim of September 11, 2001 tragedy. Planted 2002 at Parkway Middle School


Burl Wynne, Frank Birkenbach, and Vern Sweigard. Planted in 2004 at La Mesa Community Center


Bob Bichowsky, Board Member for 28 years. Placed a memorial bench in Memorial Park in 2010


Warren Krenz, Member-planted 2011 in Harry Griffen Park