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Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Funeral, Crematory, Cemetery, Cremation, Cemetery Industries, Cemetery Industries Consultant, Embalmer, Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator, Nationally Certified Investigator, Mortuary Officer Federal Government, DMORT, Embalming, Funeral Directing, Crematory Operator, Mausoleum, Cemetery, Casket, Urn, Coffin


Expert Witness No. 1488

Funeral and Cemetery Related Experience

2000 to 2009
Employed at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa, Idaho
Duties Include: Embalming and all related duties.   

1998 to 2000
Employed at Treasure Valley Mortuary Accommodations,
Meridian, Idaho
Duties include: Removals, embalming, performing cremations and all related duties.     

1996 to 1996
Employed at Desert Memorial, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Duties included: Embalming, cosmetic application, casketing and all related duties.

1995 to 1996
Employed as a field representative to the California State Cemetery Board.
Duties included:  Inspection of cemeteries and crematories in all of Southern California. Issuing
citations and fines for state law violations. Proctoring examinations for potential cemetery licensees,
investigating complaints concerning cemeteries and overseeing the day to day operation of two cemeteries that were under the control of the State Cemetery Board.

1987 to 1989
Employed as a funeral director/embalmer at Draper Mortuary at Ontario, California. Duties included:  Body removal from place of death, embalming, cosmetic application, casketing, filing of death certificates, arranging of flowers, directing of funerals and related business.

1986 to 1987
Employed by Ed Broten who was the contract embalmer for Bunker Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Duties included:  Body removal from place of death, embalming, cosmetic application and casketing.

1985 to 1986
Employed as a funeral director/embalmer at Davis Funeral Home, a mortuary/cemetery combination
of death, embalming, cosmetic application, casketing, filing of death certificates, arranging flowers, directing of funerals and related business, performing cremations, direct contact and working         closely with the coroner’s office.
                             
1980 to 1982
Employed as a funeral director/embalmer at Westminster Mortuary/Cemetery at Westminster, California Duties included: Body removal from place of death, embalming, cosmetic application, filing of death certificates, arranging of  flowers, directing of funerals and related business.
                                                           
1979 to 1980
Employed at Wallace Funeral Chapel, Wallace, Idaho. Duties included: funeral arrangements, body removal from place of death, embalming, cosmetic application, casketing, arranging of flowers, direction of funerals and related business.

1978 to 1979
Employed as “night man” at Albert Engle & Company, Oakland, California, while attending mortuary college. Duties included: conducted evening services.

1971 to 1973
Employed as an apprentice embalmer at Gibson Funeral Home and Cloverdale mortuary/cemetery, Boise, Idaho.  Duties included: Body removal from place of death, funeral arrangements,               embalming, cosmetic application, casketing, filing of death certificates, arranging of flowers, directing of funerals and related business.

Education/Licenses

2010
International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association (ICCFA) University at Memphis, TN.  College of Cremation Services re-certified as a Crematory Operator, Certified Crematory Arranger and a Certified Crematory Administrator

2009
Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills
12.5 contact hours of specialized embalming skill/s instruction

2009 Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team National Training as a Mortuary Officer for the Federal Government a division of  National Disaster Medical Service (NDMS) (Federal Government sponsored training) Nashville, Tennessee

2008
International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association (ICCFA) University at Memphis, TN.  College of Cemetery Administration & Management.  24.5 CE Hours

2002
Certified Investigator/Inspector by The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation as a regulatory investigator (CLEAR is an affiliate of the Council of State Governments)                   Lexington, Kentucky

2000
Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Westerville, Ohio

2000
Fountain National Academy, Carbondale, Illinois, 20 contact hours of specialized embalming instruction

1999
Certified as a Crematory Operator (State of California)
Industrial Equipment & Engineering Company, Cremation Association of North America at Orlando, Florida

1987
Licensed as an embalmer and qualified as a funeral director/manager (1988) in the state of California.

1983
Certified as an eye enucleation technician at the Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California

1980
Licensed as a mortician in the state of Idaho

1978 to 1979
 San Francisco College of Mortuary Science at San Francisco, California.  AA degree in mortuary science, Nat. Conference Exam

1976 to 1978
Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.  General education.

1973 to 1974
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio.  General education

Member

  • Board Member, American Society of Embalmers (ASE)         
  • Association of Regulatory Investigators (CLEAR)
  • International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association (ICCFA)
  • Funeral Ethics Association, Ombudsman
  • Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (CFSP) (I serve with the Academy as an Ambassador)
  • Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team  (DMORT) a division of the National Disaster Medical Service (NDMS)
  • Six World Trade Center deployments with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team as a Mortuary Officer as well as deployments to hurricanes Ivan, Charlie and Katrina
  • Defense Research Institute (listed with DRI) since 2003
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