William Wrigley Jr. died on January 26, 1932 at his Phoenix, Arizona mansion at the age of 70. We was interred at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens in a custom designed sarcophagus at the time of his death near his famous Catalina Island mansion. His wife Ada would later go on to start what is now the Botanical Gardens in 1935 originally as a Desert style plant collection.
In 1947 William Wrigley Jr’s body was relocated to the corridor alcove end of the Sanctuary of Gratitude Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA. While it was originally stated that his body was moved to allowed the Memorial to open to the public; it has since been suggested that his body was moved during the times of World War II due to “security risks”.
Following his death William Wrigley left his fortune to daughter Dorothy Wrigley Offield and son Phillip K. Wrigley. It is Phillip Wrigley who would later carry out his father’s dream of the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy in an effort to preserve much of the island for later generations to experience. Phillip ran the company until the time of his death in 1977 at which time he was interred alongside his father in the corridor alcove end of the Sanctuary of Gratitude at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.