Russ Atkin Funeral Director and Owner
Russ was born and raised in Cedar City, UT. He choose his career path in the funeral industry in 1999 and has been serving those in need ever since. Russ saw a tremendous need for something different than what was available for those choosing cremation. It was with that in mind, he created the Cremation Center of Southern Utah, an entire funeral home specifically designed for those choosing cremation.
People often ask me, “How can you do what you do?” I always say. “I love what I do.” The truth is I work with the family members of the deceased through some of the most difficult days of their lives. I have the opportunity to make a difference and hopefully make things just a little bit easier for each person I serve. The best part of what I do is the thank you’s and the hugs I get form those whom I’ve helped.
Arvin Lee Hansen Funeral Director and Owner
Arvin is one of the owners of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah. He is also an owner of Serenity Funeral Homes of Draper and Orem and the Cache Valley Mortuary. Arvin has over 50 years experience in funeral service and has been active in his Church, serving in many positions. He was born in Dayton, Idaho where he graduated from high school and attended college at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, Utah State at Logan, Utah, California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angles, and California State College at Los Angeles. He married Sherrill Hauser and they have 5 sons and 20 grandchildren. He owned and operated funeral homes in Rupert and Burley Idaho for over 30 years before becoming a partner in SereniCare Funeral Home in 2011. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
Duane Lamoreaux Funeral Counselor and Owner
Duane spent most of his career as a school teacher before he found a most rewarding and challenging career in the funeral business. Duane has taught every grade from third through twelfth grade. He loves to tell people he spent ten years in prison, which is true however; he went home every night and every weekend (he was teaching). Duane is one of the most social people you will ever meet and can have a great conversation with anyone. He believes Paragonah is the center of the universe and says it can be proven mathematically. Duane loves this profession and feels honored to help each family he meets, even at two in the morning.
Dick Johnson Family Counselor and Owner
Dick Johnson is one of the owners of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah and also Serenity Funeral Homes of Draper and Orem and has been active in the company for the past 15 years. He is also an owner of Cache Valley Mortuary in Logan.
Dick enjoys working with families and offering assistance. He has observed that it is much like the Church work he has always been involved in. Prior to his involvement in Serenity, Dick was a CPA and also worked as a financial officer for several companies, and understands that it is important for us to be mindful of fitting funeral plans with the budget of the families we serve.
Dick presents frequently on educational subjects like funeral planning, cremation options, and how to prepay a funeral plan. He has his insurance license which allows him to set up “pre-need” funeral plans for those who want to prepay. Dick splits his time between the St. George office and the Draper office.
Kerry T. Gubler Funeral Counselor and Planner
Kerry Gubler, a loving father of eight and grandfather of twenty-seven, has been a successful businessman who started two insurance agencies in Hurricane which continue to operate today. He also servced ten years as an administrator for a residential youth program in the State of Utah.
He has been active in his community, serving as Mayor of LaVerkin twenty years ago, and has just recently been re-elected as Mayor.
He has been actively engaged in church service his entire life and greatly enjoyed the two times he spent as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As he dedicated five years in his calling as Bishop, he came to deeply understand the pain that others experience at the time of loss of a loved one. He has conducted and spoke at many funerals, and is known for his compassion when he is endeavoring to help those in need of consolation.
Kerry still maintains his insurance license and is eager to help anyone wishing to plan ahead in purchasing a pre-need funeral plan. He is easy to visit with and would love for you to come in and meet him.
Chris Atkin Secretary-Receptionist
Chris joined SereniCare and the Cremation Center of Southern Utah at the first of 2013. She and her husband, Dale, owned and operated Atkin Music in St. George for many years, and then decided to open Atkin Travel. They later sold their businesses and retired to Hawaii, but soon found that they really missed working with people. So they returned to St. George where Chris found a greater calling, helping in the funeral business. Says Chris, “I found my greatest joy in life serving others in their time of need".
Lynn Bloxham Funeral Counselor and Planner
Matthew Kjar Funeral Intern
Matthew was born in Utah, but raised in Wisconsin for the majority of his life. After completing a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Northern California, Matt made the permanent move to Salt Lake to continue his education and be closer to his extended family. There he met his wonderful wife and was married in the summer of 2014.
Before moving to St. George, Matt loved his career in the security industry, providing excellent customer service and having the opportunity to meet all kinds of people. Wishing to pursue his passion by meeting and helping people, he found Serenity Funeral home and decided to move to a new place to start a wonderful career.
Currently in school working for a degree in mortuary science, Matt hopes to become a licensed Funeral Director, giving the best quality care to each person he meets. With two experienced Funeral Directors to learn from, combining over 70 years of industry experience, Matt will become an expert in funeral needs and family care in no time.
Camille Alton Receptionist and Secretary