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Board Members

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Board Members

Joe Rudd, CFSP

Joe Rudd, CFSP

President

Rudd Funeral Home

1234 S. Main Street

Garland, UT 84312

435-257-5050, Fax 435-5052

Cell: 435-458-3216

Joe has lived in the Garland area his whole life. He attended Bridgerland ATC where he received a Building Construction certificate. He also attended Utah State University. Joe graduated from Arapahoe Community College, in Littleton, Colorado, earning a Mortuary Science degree in 2008. He has been a licensed Pre-Need Sales Agent since 2009. 

Joe, his brother, Mike, and his father, Ross, have run several farms over the past 25 years. After deciding that farming would not provide his family the security he wanted, Joe worked for Thiokol/ATK before spending the last seven years in the funeral industry working for Rogers and Taylor Mortuary, Myers Mortuary, and Rudd Funeral Home.

Joe and Rachell purchased the Bear Country Food & Fuel Station on Main Street in Garland in 2008. They significantly remodeled the building to create Rudd Funeral Home. Joe and Rachell purchased Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home in 2012 to expand their business in the Bear River Valley.

Joe and his wife, Rachell, have three children, Josh (Camille) Rudd, Kaitlyn (Colton) Wood, and Chelsea Rudd.

He enjoys family activities, watching his daughter cheer, traveling, riding motorcycles, and outdoor recreation. He is also active in church, civic and community organizations.

Telephone: 1-435-257-5050

Email: joerudd@frontiernet.net


Laura Procunier, CFSP, CCO

Laura Procunier, CFSP, CCO

President-Elect

Broomhead Funeral Home

12590 South 2200 West

Riverton, UT 84065

801-254-3389 WORK

801-633-8241 CELL

801-253-4978 FAX

Laura is a second generation funeral director at Broomhead Funeral Home, born to Ron and LaRae Broomhead. She grew up in Riverton, Utah, where she continues to reside with her family. Laura graduated from Bingham High School and Salt Lake Community College. Shortly after graduating, Laura decided to follow in her father’s footsteps to become a funeral director. She attended Mid-America College of Mortuary Science in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and graduated in 1995. Laura is a very dedicated funeral director, and loves being able to serve families at such a difficult time in their lives. 

Laura has served as a member of DMORT for 18 years, where she has had the privilege to serve those affected by 9/11 in New York City, and Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. She also serves on the State of Utah Disaster Board with the state Medical Examiner’s Office. Laura was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award from Salt Lake Community College in 2012. She was instrumental in developing the Mortuary Science Program at Salt Lake Community College, and served as the first Program Advisory Committee chair. She continues to serve as a member of the committee. Laura was the District I Director for UFDA for four years; she took some time off to focus on her family, and is pleased to be elected to serve again. 

Laura enjoys reading and cross-stitching, and working in her yard. She especially loves traveling, camping, hiking, and 4-wheeling with her family. She is married to Caesar Procunier. Together they have 4 children, Cedar, Andre, Lexi, and Payton.

Telephone: 1-801-254-3389

Email: clprocunier@msn.com


Brad Rawlins Walker, CFSP, CCO, CPC

Brad Rawlins Walker, CFSP, CCO, CPC

Vice President

Walker Family Mortuary

187 South Main Street

Spanish Fork, UT 84660

801-798-2169 WORK

801-319-5159 CELL

801-798-0733 FAX

Brad Rawlins Walker is the oldest son of Allyn and Marsha Walker. He lived in the mortuary most of his life and learned the value of service and hard work from his father, Allyn, and his grandfather, Lynn, at a young age.

Brad graduated high school in Spanish Fork, earned an Associate Degree from Dixie College, a Bachelor Degree from Brigham Young University, and a Masters Degree (MBA) from Brigham Young University. He also attended mortuary college in Cypress, California and received the Mu Sigma Alpha award for scholastic excellence and the Melvin. D. Hilgenfeld award for outstanding student in funeral directing.

Brad is an Eagle Scout, a Rotarian, and served an LDS mission in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. Brad loves sports, the outdoors, music, movies, and spending time with his family and friends.

He married Michelle Lee in 2005 and the two of them have made their home in Payson. They have two beautiful children and enjoy living and serving in their community.

Brad is one of the owners of Walker Funeral Home and has been working there full time for the past 15 years. Brad considers it an honor and privilege to help families with funerals at such a crucial time in their lives. The opportunity to work with his family, associates, and all those around him has been a great blessing in his life.

Telephone: 1-801-798-2169

Email: emailbradwalker@gmail.com


Laurie May Abraham, CFSP, CCO

Laurie May Abraham, CFSP, CCO

Secretary-Treasurer

Valley View Memorial Park

4335 W. 4100 S.

West Valley City, UT  84120

801-969-1081 WORK

435-225-0650 CELL

Laurie May Abraham, CFSP, CCO, is a native to the Brigham City area. Laurie graduated from Box Elder High School and Dixie State College. She received her Mortuary Science degree from Cypress College in Southern California. She became a licensed funeral director in the State of Utah in 2007, and began working with Myers Mortuaries that same year. Laurie is a member of the Brigham City Rotary Club where she has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award from them. Laurie is honored to be able to lend a helping hand to families going through one of the hardest times of their lives.

Telephone: 1-801-969-1081

Email: laurieabraham11@gmail.com


Justin Ford, CCO

Justin Ford, CCO

Immediate Past President

Jenkins-Soffe South Valley Funeral Chapel

1007 W. South Jordan Parkway

South Jordan, UT 84095

(PH) 801-254-1928, (CELL) 801-652-1826

(FAX) 801-254-5962

Justin was born to Michael D. and LeAnn Ogden Ford on January 23, 1983 in Taylorsville, Utah. Growing up in South Jordan, Justin loved to play any type of sport, especially football and baseball. Justin also enjoyed spending warm summer afternoons wakeboarding and skiing on the lake with his family and friends. During Justin's high school years, he spent a lot of time at the home of Kurt & Lynette Soffe. This is where he was introduced to his future wife and sweetheart. Justin served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Birmingham England area from March 2002 - March 2004 and considers this time an incredible step and preparation for the rest of his life. 

Upon returning from England, Justin was reacquainted with the Soffe family and on August 17, 2004 married Laurel Soffe. Together they have four wonderful children: Dyllan (7), Peyton (6), Izabelle (3), and Dahlia (1). Family is THE most important aspect of Justin's life and he enjoys watching his kids grow up. Prior to working for Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Justin worked for UPS as a supervisor. There Justin learned and gained valuable lessons and experiences in leadership, customer service, teamwork and communication. A pivotal point for Justin came in 2009, when he took a chance and asked his father in law, Kurt Soffe, for a job working at the funeral home part time. It did not take long for Justin to understand that Funeral Directing was what he wanted in a career. He immediately enrolled in the mortuary science program at American Academy McAllister Institute in Manhattan, New York where he graduated in 2011. Justin is currently working on his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Western Governors University. 

Justin and his family currently live in South Jordan, Utah. Justin loves watching and coaching his boys in sporting events and spoiling his two daughters. Being involved in the community is essential to Justin and he does so by serving within his church and being a member of the South Jordan and Southwest Valley Chambers of Commerce. Justin has operated and managed Utah Funeral Directors Cremation Center for the past 2 years and enjoys and thrives on the continued success and improvements that are made there. Along with his time spent at the Cremation Center, Justin is a full time funeral director for Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Homes. 

The one thing that Justin enjoys most about his career is the special connection made with the families he has the opportunity to serve. Justin has a passion for the Funeral Service profession. One of his greatest desires is to have a positive impact on the profession for future generations. What drives Justin is seeing the opportunity to continually improve and keep the funeral profession relevant within the community. Justin looks forward to his future in the Funeral Service profession with excitement and ambition. Justin lives by the motto that his father taught him as a child, "Stick to the Task until it Sticks to You, Beginners are Many but Enders are Few".

Telephone: 1-801-254-1928

Email: jford@jenkins-soffe.com


Jeremy Layton, CFSP, CPC

Jeremy Layton, CFSP, CPC

District I Director

Redwood Memorial Mortuary

6500 S. Redwood Rd.

West Jordan, UT  84123

801-969-3456, Fax 801-968-8831

Cell:  801-244-6400

From the time Jeremy was five years old, he had a passion to become a funeral director. He was first introduced to funeral service when he attended the funeral of his great grandmother. From that moment on, Jeremy knew that his calling in life was to be of service to others as a dedicated funeral professional.

In 2002, Jeremy graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in San Francisco, California. After graduation he immediately began his internship with Memorial Mortuaries. 

Throughout his tenure; Jeremy has accepted numerous responsibilities including: crematory operator, crematory manager, funeral services manager, location manager and Vice President and General Manager for Memorial Redwood Mortuary. His duties have included the development of customer service practices and best practices for mortuary operations.

In an effort to serve families by exceeding their expectations and having the heart of a teacher, Jeremy chose to earn his certification as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, CFSP, in an effort to renew his commitment to funeral service.

Despite his fear of public speaking, Jeremy decided to tackle his fears head on and has become a successful presenter for Memorial Mortuaries Death Café, a community outreach and marketing event designed to help people learn about death in an educational and enlightening forum.

Jeremy has learned to help families understand the importance of making the best decisions. His efforts have greatly helped families better understand their options, create more meaningful services and ceremonies that bring about a healthier grieving process for everyone.

Throughout his career, Jeremy has been touched by the many examples of outstanding funeral directors. He clearly has a passion and desire for the work at hand. He has chosen to run as District I Representative in order to serve and give back to the amazing funeral directors of the great state of Utah.

In his spare time, Jeremy loves spending quality time with his wife Rachael and four beautiful children: Gabriel, Taygen, Pacey and Emerson. Jeremy enjoys being outdoors, fly fishing, doing yardwork, tinkering in the garage and working on various projects around the house.

 

Telephone: 1-801-969-3456

Email: jeremy.layton@memorialutah.com


Nick Wheeler

Nick Wheeler

District II Director

Wheeler Mortuary

211 E. 200 S.

Springville, UT  84663

801-489-6021, Fax 801-489-3185

Cell:  801-787-2582


Nick Wheeler is a 5th generation funeral director for Wheeler Mortuary in Springville and has been employed as a director since 2010. He enjoys a variety of activities and can frequently be found in the mountains above Springville in his free time. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, hiking, grilling on his Traeger and cooking for his friends and family are just some of the activities he enjoys doing. He has a passion for music, movies and video games.

 

He comes from a long line of storied and traditional funeral directors starting with his great-great-grandfather Walter Wheeler. Walter started the company in 1888, and it has been passed down from generation to generation. Nick grew up around the business and has lived in the mortuary until the time he was 13. He always considered the profession as something he was interested in but wasn’t sure that it was for him. Many times as he was out and about or helping around the mortuary, he was told how great of a tradition it would be for him and that he needed to go to school and become a funeral director. He received more pressure to go into the field from the community than he did his own parents. The more he got involved helping the mortuary, the more value he saw in the profession. He went on to work at Pepsi for 6.5 years and was on a great career path before the opportunity came that he could be hired on as a full-time director. Nick completed his internship at Wheeler Mortuary before going to Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Nick graduated Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2011 with his Associate’s Degree and has since worked up the ranks to become the current manager for the Springville location.

 

Nick is dedicated to his work and community and looks forward to serving and representing the many directors and UFDA this coming election.

 

 

Telephone: 1-801-489-6021

Email: nwheeler111@gmail.com


Matt Yardley

Matt Yardley

District III Director

Lindquist Mortuary

3408 Washington Blvd.

Ogden, UT  84401

801-394-6666, Fax 801-394-1164

Cell:  801-388-5271


Matthew Yardley has been a funeral director since 2009. He received an Associate of Science degree from Weber State University and a Bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science from Southern Illinois University. He started his mortuary career as an apprentice at Olpin-Hoopes in Heber City and worked for 4 years at Memorial Mortuary. After moving back to Davis County, where he grew up, he began working at Lindquist Mortuary, where he has been employed for the past 6 years. He now lives in his hometown of West Point with his wife and three children. Matt is a musician and has played guitar, piano and accordion in several bands. He has also enjoyed playing bagpipes with the Utah Pipe Band since 2010. Matt served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Asuncion, Paraguay and is fluent in Spanish. He currently serves with the youth group in his church and has spent many years volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America. Matt has many hobbies. He enjoys fishing, hunting, traveling with the band, and adventures with his family. The funeral profession has become an integral part of his life. Matt finds that serving families with compassion and understanding can best help families with the loss of a loved one.  

 

Telephone: 1-801-394-6666

Email: matthewcyardley@gmail.com


Matthew Allen Taylor

Matthew Allen Taylor

District IV Director

Springer Turner Funeral Home

260 North 400 West

Richfield, UT 84701

435-896-6333 WORK

435-529-4156 CELL

435-896-1727 FAX

Telephone: 1-435-896-6333

Email: matthew@springerturner.com


Bodie Topham, CCO

Bodie Topham, CCO

At-Large Director

Southern Utah Mortuary

190 N 300 W.

Cedar City, UT 84720

PH 435-882-0676, CELL 435-496-0101

FAX 435-882-7814

Bodie currently works for Southern Utah Mortuary. Prior to that he worked for Tate Mortuary in Tooele for many years. He grew up in southern Utah, graduating from South Sevier High School class of ’93. Bodie served a mission for the LDS church in Lisbon, Portugal. 

After returning from Portugal he attended Southern Utah University where he met and later married his wife Camille Dangerfield Topham. Shortly after they married, they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio so that Bodie could attend and graduate from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, earning a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. Bodie and Camille are the proud parents of McKenzie and Bridger. Bodie is passionate about helping families in their time of need to find peace and comfort through the funeral process.

He is flattered, honored and humbled, to be asked / recommended for this position, and look forward to serving with some of the members of the UFDA that he looks up to greatly and consider friends.

Telephone: 1-435-586-4040

Email: bodie3030@gmail.com


Kent Christiansen, CFSP, CCO

Kent Christiansen, CFSP, CCO

NFDA Policy Board

(801) 660-0404 CELL

Kent and his family are residents of Syracuse, Utah. He was raised in Southeastern Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University studying Family Science. He also has a degree from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, where he was president of the student body and received the Presidential Leadership Award. He received the Mu Sigma Award from the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science for outstanding academic proficiency.

Kent has been a licensed funeral director since 1997. In 2007 Kent was recognized by the Academy of Funeral Service Professionals and received the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. Kent was a member of the State of Utah EDEN (Electronic Death Entry Network) advisory board, where he participated in the formation of Utah's Electronic Death Certification program which became effective in August of 2006. He also enjoys being a judge for the Best of State Competitions for our state of Utah. Kent was elected as a board member of the Utah Funeral Directors Association in 2008.

Kent and his wife Shelli have four wonderful children; McKay, Alex, Brynnley, and Sadie. He enjoys family activities, traveling, woodworking, sports, outdoor recreation, and music. He is also active in church, civic and community organizations.

Telephone: 1-801-660-0404

Email: kcwray88@gmail.com


Stephanie S. White

Stephanie S. White

UFDA Office Manager

Mailing:  P.O. Box 95576

South Jordan, UT 84095-0576

Office:  9075 S 1300 E, Ste 104

Sandy, UT 84094

(801) 263-3286 OFFICE

(801) 800-0293 CELL

(801) 993-0038 FAX

Stephanie White joined the Utah Funeral Directors Association as the office manager and executive in June 2017. The funeral profession is not new to Stephanie as she has been married to it for many years to David White.

While she was nervous around the profession before her marriage and wouldn’t even ride in a hearse with David, initially, she has since lived at two different funeral homes in California and has become comfortable and knowledgeable about the profession that has been with her for half her life.

Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach where she excelled as a student — selected by the Journalism Department as the top Journalism Department graduate of her graduating class.

For 20 years, she was privileged and blessed to have the best job in the world as a stay-at-home mom to her five children, but she has kept herself busy serving at church and in the community in various leadership capacities including eight years on school community councils, several years with the PTA (including two years as president), secretary of the Food Finders Board, and through the ranks on the UFDA spouses’ auxiliary board.

She has also worked for several years as a freelance public relations consultant, primarily writing and editing articles for various magazines and annual reports, conducting market research, and formulating marketing and public relations’ proposals.

She also successfully started and operated two seasonal dessert businesses for a couple of seasons.

Prior to staying home with her children she worked in various jobs including: executive assistant for the regional manager at British Airways World Cargo; PR & marketing coordinator for a security camera manufacturer, where she had several articles published, including two front page placements in a security trade magazine; and for a charity as a media relations manager and event coordinator for an event with approximately 40,000 people in attendance.

She is pleased to serve members of the Utah Funeral Directors Association in this capacity.

Telephone: 1-801-263-3286

Email: ufda.org@gmail.com


Districts 


District I

Salt Lake and Tooele counties.

District II

Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Carbon, Emery, Grand, 

Uintah, Daggett, Duchesne, and San Juan counties.

District III

Box Elder, Cache, Rich, Weber, Davis, Morgan and Summit counties 

and also includes ID and WY members.

District IV

Sanpete, Sevier, Millard, Beaver, Iron, Washington, Kane, 

Garfield, Piute, and Wayne counties.


Committees


Annual Convention Committee

Brad Walker (Chair)

Midwinter Meeting Committee

Laura Procunier (Chair)

Nominations/Credentials

Justin Ford (Chair)

Policy Board Representative

Kent Christiansen

Legislative/Bylaws

Jeremy Layton (Chair)

Best Practices/CEU/Recognition Committee

Matt Yardley (Chair)

DOME Committee

Bodie Topham and Nick Wheeler (Chairs)

IT/Public Relations Committee

Matthew Taylor (Chair)

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