Russell Atkin, Owner/Funeral Director
Russ was born and raised in Cedar City, UT. He graduated from Cedar High School in 1994 and began his funeral service apprenticeship in 1999. Russ graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science from Cypress College in 2000, and worked the following year at Cannon Mortuary in Salt Lake City, UT. Russ has been a funeral director in St. George since 2002 and an owner of Serenity Funeral Home and the Cremation Center of Southern Utah since 2009.
Russ and his wife, Jacqui, are the parents of five children. Russ has more hobbies than free time. He enjoys scuba diving, canyoneering, trials bike riding, 4-wheeling, hiking, hunting, participating in an occasional 5k or triathlon, and spending time with his family.
The demands of being a funeral director can be intense, but Russ truly enjoys helping people and strives to be a source of comfort during a difficult time.
Larry Lee Hansen, Owner/Funeral Director
Larry Hansen was raised in Rupert, ID, where his family owned and lived above their funeral home, Hansen Mortuary. Larry attended mortuary school at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and upon graduation he returned to work with his dad, Arvin, at Hansen Mortuary. They later purchased a second location in Burley, ID. Larry and his wife, Sheri, have four children and two grandchildren. Seven years ago, the Hansens moved to Sandy, UT, where Larry became involved with Serenity Funeral Home. It was his ultimate goal to move his family to St. George, and that came to fruition five years ago. Larry and Sheri love living here in this amazing community. Sheri works for the Washington County School District in Human Resources.
Larry is a triathlon competitor and began his love of racing 28 years ago. Larry says it’s important to have a hobby and something to take your mind off work. He has competed in the Spudman Triathlon in Idaho every year for the past 28 years. He is a two-time Ironman 70.3 finisher, and has completed two St. George Marathons. The year 1999 was busy for Larry, as he competed twice in the Iron Man, 12 triathlons, and 8 mountain bike races. At that time, he was rated #4 in his Rocky Mountain bike division.
Duane A Lamoreaux, Funeral Service Professional
Duane was born and raised in Paragonah, UT, and was a school teacher for forty years before beginning a career in the funeral business. Duane taught every grade from third through twelfth, and he was also employed as a teacher in youth corrections and the prison in Cedar City. He loves to tell people that he spent ten years in prison, which is true, but he was able to go home every night and weekend. Prior to his retirement, he was chosen as the Corrections Education Teacher of the Year in the State of Utah. Duane is one of the most social people you will ever meet and can have a great conversation with anyone. He and his wife, Sonya, now reside in St. George. Duane has three children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Duane enjoys cutting wood, running chainsaws, and gardening. He believes Paragonah is the center of the universe and says it can be proven mathematically. Duane loves the funeral profession and feels honored to help every family he meets.
Kerry T. Gubler, Funeral and Preplanning Consultant
Kerry was born and raised in LaVerkin. He married Patricia Barrick, who is from Hurricane, and together they have eight children. Kerry had a successful career in the insurance business and has served twice as the Mayor of LaVerkin. As a Funeral and Preplanning Consultant, Kerry enjoys helping people with their needs in the funeral business.
Kerry has been actively engaged in church service his entire life and greatly enjoyed serving twice as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kerry has served as a bishop and understands the pain and difficulty experienced by those dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Ted Stromness, Funeral and Preplanning Consultant
Ted has lived in St. George for 32 years. His unique last name is Norwegian. “Ness” refers to farm, and “Strom” refers to the stream that flows through the farm. The town of Stromness on the Orkney Islands lies off the coast of Scotland, and Ted had the opportunity to visit his town namesake in 2005. Ted has 4 daughters and 13 grandchildren.
He is a model railroader with an impressive collection. One of his model trains is a pre-war streamliner and is approximately 90 years old. It was his father’s train when he was a boy. Ted loves to travel and garden.
Ted retired from the banking industry after 42 years and was not planning on joining the funeral profession, but did so five years ago as a Funeral and Preplanning Consultant. He says the best part of his job is growing close to the families he helps in a short period of time - it’s a very rewarding experience.
Lynn Chamberlain, Funeral and Preplanning Consultant
Lynn was born and raised in Hurricane, UT, and graduated from Hurricane High School. He served a mission to the Philippines, studied at SUU (formerly SUSC), and married Kay Heideman. Lynn attended the Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Science and graduated with a BA in Commercial Photography. After moving back to Toquerville in 1981, Lynn started a photography business. Lynn taught Biology at Hurricane High School for four years. Lynn later went to work for the Division of Wildlife, managing public relations for Southwestern Utah for 26 years. He hosted a weekly radio show entitled, “The Wild Side.” Lynn also hosted a TV show from 2005-2006 entitled, “Outdoor Photo Adventures.”
After retirement (which wasn’t really a retirement), Lynn became a hospice chaplain and had many spiritual experiences with the patients he assisted. He has been the Mayor of Toquerville since 2018, and he teaches digital photography at Dixie State University. Lynn has worked as a Funeral and Preplanning Consultant with Serenity Funeral Home for the last four years. Lynn has been married to Kay for 45 years, has five grown children, and will soon have 23 grandchildren.
Graham Bueler, Funeral Service Professional
Graham was born and raised in Arizona. He is a third-generation funeral professional and says this line of work is in his blood. His grandpa founded Bueler Mortuary in Chandler, AZ, his father was a licensed funeral director, and his three older brothers all own funeral homes in Arizona. Graham says the funeral profession is a calling, not just an occupation.
Graham moved to St. George in 1996 and graduated from Dixie High School in 2001. In addition to working for Serenity Funeral Home as a funeral service professional, Graham is a co-owner of Judd’s General Store with Heather Graff. Judd’s is the oldest and longest-running business in St. George, which is quite impressive! Graham has four children ranging in age from 9 to 18. His interests include anything with two wheels, especially fixing up and riding motorcycles. Graham has an impressive vinyl record collection and loves live music.
Kristen Bowler, Secretary
Kristen was born and raised in St. George and graduated from Pine View High School. Several years ago, she earned an Associate of Science Degree from Dixie State University. Kristen has been married to Scott Bowler for 27 years, and together they have five children. Kristen is our amazing secretary at Serenity Funeral Home and was previously employed with the Washington County School District. She loves any outdoor activity, particularly spending time at the beach. She loves being a mom - her oldest is 26 and her youngest is 10. Kristen was initially a little nervous to join the funeral business, but she loves her job. She believes it takes a special kind of person to work in this profession - someone that loves what they do and is innately compassionate.
Trent Hansen, Funeral Service Professional
Trent was born and raised in Burley, ID, where he graduated from Burley High School. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Louis, MO. Trent enjoyed that part of the country; however, he also learned that he likes to avoid cold weather at all costs. After returning home, Trent made the decision to pursue a career in the funeral industry. He attended the College of Southern Idaho, and later moved to Dallas, TX, where he furthered his education and worked for UT Southwestern Medical Center in their body donation program. Trent had many duties, including setting up cadaver labs for the medical students.
After leaving Texas, Trent moved to the Salt Lake City area with his family and worked in the funeral profession for several years. He then relocated to St. George where he is employed as a Funeral Service Professional for Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah. He loves the area - especially the warm weather! Trent enjoys his work and says he likes being able to help people make decisions during a difficult time. His hobbies include weightlifting, disc golf, and hiking.
Skyla Sheldon, Apprentice
Skyla was born in Great Falls, MT, but grew up in Moab, UT. Skyla’s father is Mearl Sheldon, owner and funeral director at Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab. Mearl served an LDS mission with Larry Hansen and later apprenticed alongside Larry under the direction of Larry’s father, Arvin Hansen, at Hansen Mortuary in Rupert, ID. Larry is pleased to have the opportunity to now have Skyla as an apprentice - kind of a full circle moment!
As is common in the funeral business, Skyla grew up living in her family’s mortuary. She enjoyed playing sports of all kinds - basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer - and graduated from Grand County High School in 2016. Skyla attended Dixie State University and graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology with minors in Psychology and Health Psychology. She has three older brothers, is the only girl in the family, and so far is the only one to pursue a career in funeral service. With Mearl’s encouragement to join the family business, Skyla began apprenticing at Serenity Funeral Home in October, 2021. She also attends Arapahoe Community College and is working towards her degree in Mortuary Science.
Working and attending school full-time doesn’t leave Skyla much room for hobbies, but she enjoys going to the gym, participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and water skiing, hanging out at the family cabin, watching the sunrise (or sunset), and drawing. Skyla says she loves the funeral profession’s variety of tasks and enjoys meeting and being able to help people through the grieving process.