John F. Llewellyn has spent four decades in the cemetery and funeral industries. For more than two decades, until 2011, he was president and chief executive officer of Southern California’s Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks® & Mortuaries and acts as the chairman to its board of directors today. Widely acknowledged as a cemetery and funeral industry leader, Llewellyn has been president of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association and the Cemetery and Mortuary Association of California as well as being an officer and director of the Western Cemetery Alliance. He is also the author of three books, including his latest, Birth of a Cemetery.
What do you love most about Your City?
It’s walkable. Living on the edge of Old Pasadena means that we have many great restaurants close without having to look for parking! Also, because the city has encouraged keeping older buildings, there is great variety in the facades.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Though most mornings start with fruit on cold cereal (shredded wheat no Fruit Loops!) with some fruit and skim mile, I really like good huevos rancheros. Too bad that it’s hard to find really well done.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Thinking about stirring without waking my sleeping bride.
10:00 AM - Hunched over a computer trying to write.
12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
The Palm restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Great service and its usually quiet at noon. Plus, the cartoons of people that adorn the walls are great clues to the individual personalities.
7:00 PM - Having a quiet dinner with a glass of good wine.
11:00 PM - Zzzz…Gotta get that eight hours!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
A coffee starts the day! More caffeine at lunch…will I stay awake? The wine at the end of the day is great meals with friends. And, an occasional (very occasional) single malt after dinner is a treat.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
It’s a toss up between the BBC News app and the Wall Street Journal app—each of them gives an interesting view of the world. Guess that proves I’m either boring or not with the techno times. What’s Instagram? :)
What should everyone try at least once?
Here are two that were spectacular for me: An arrested landing on an aircraft carrier; a private meeting with the Dalai Lama
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Despite being an Eagle Scout, I suppose I could get lost in many places. But, I’d rather get lost in a city with medieval charm like Florence. Get away from the tourist stuff and just roam to enjoy. Venice would be a close second.