Fr. Junipero Serra died at his room at Mission Carmel on August 28, 1784 at the age of 70 years, 9 months and 4 days.
Toward the end of life he told his friend and confessor, Fr. Francisco Palou: “I desire you to bury me in the church, quite close to Father Juan Crespi for the present; and when the stone church is built, they may put me where they want..” What he was referring to is that the present church at the mission was planned but not constructed at the time of his death. The present church was begun in 1793 and dedicated in 1797. When it was completed Fr. Serra’s remains were buried there.