A wise man once said, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."
I was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, graduating from Box Elder High School in 1970. I attended Weber State College from Sept. 1970 to June 1972. In June of 1972, I began serving my mortuary apprenticeship while working for the Blaine Olsen Funeral Chapel in Brigham City. I attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science beginning in Sept. of 1972 and graduated with honors in Sept of 1973, receiving the “Mu Sigma Alpha Award for Scholastic Excellence”. I then completed my apprenticeship under the employment of the McDougal Funeral Home in Taylorsville. I received my Utah Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses in Oct. of 1974.
On August 20, 1975, I began my relationship with the Larkin Mortuary and my life has been enlarged & enriched by my association with the various members of the Larkin Family through these many years. They have consistently taught me life lessons through their many examples of honesty in their dealings with the public and their employees, caring for the families we have the honor to serve, and their continued pursuit of excellence.
Over the years, I have been given the opportunity to work at and manage each of their three Mortuary locations, the longest being the Manager at the Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy.
I married Janice E. Cook in June of 1973 and we were blessed with five children (my youngest son, Adam is also a funeral director for Larkin), and we have 18 grandchildren.
The one great lesson I have come to appreciate over my career is the fact that most of the families I serve are strangers to me as they first walk through our doors. However, as I meet with the family members and learn about their loved one, who has left this life, I begin to feel that I know them as well, and as I hear about their life and the things they have accomplished, I can’t help but wonder how my life would have been richer and fuller had I been given the opportunity to have known their loved one in this life. I know that I am a better person by just hearing about the different people and witnessing the faith and resolve of the surviving family members and I marvel at just how many truly remarkable people there are in this world.