A great portrait of the Mountain View Cemetery grounds crew, who prepares plots for burial:
Treto believes in the Resurrection, and when he thinks about joining those he’s lost, he tears up. It is easier to talk about the preparations.
Not long ago, he bought a plot in the Founder’s Lawn, angled against the curb and near an oak. He excavated it and with the backhoe, lowered into the space the vault that will one day hold the caskets for himself and his wife.
"I dug my own grave," he says, aware of how strange it might sound to someone who doesn’t understand this work.
Thomas Curwen, you might remember, was the reporter who wrote last month of a Lynwood mortuary director.
Photo: Altadena — Sammy Treto removes dirt from a lawn crypt as he prepares for a burial. View more photos on Framework. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times