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Our Caring Staff



Chief Operating Officer, Lead Funeral Director & Embalmer

Anthony “T.J.” Garcia is our Chief Operating Officer & Lead Funeral Director and has been in Funeral Service most of his life.  He is currently a Firefighter in Mesa County.  T.J. is also a past Deputy Coroner for a County on the Western Slope of Colorado.  He has worked in the medical field as an E.M.T. for San Regional Medical Center on the ambulance service, and was also a Field Deputy Medical Investigator for the Office of the Medical Investigator in New Mexico.  He finds helping others in need or someone who has had a loved one die a personal calling for him.  According to T.J., the ability to provide a final act of service for someone’s loved one is one of the most fulfilling things in his life.  He is humbled and honored to be able to serve the families and people in need.  T.J., has great knowledge, experience and professionalism in the funeral industry and is able to share that with the each family he services.   

T.J., takes and has get pride in his work.  He worked for the two of New Mexico’s largest family owned and operated funeral home companies, French Funeral and Cremation Services with 9 Locations, and Daniel’s Family Funeral Service with 11 Locations.  He has also worked for one of the largest Funeral Companies in the nation in Arizona before moving to the Grand Junction area.  While working for a corporate funeral home company T.J. quickly understood that the commission/bonus compensation of the corporate firms did not match his philosophy of supporting the bereaved.  He had a goal of creating a funeral homes where the primary goal is to serve the families of the deceased with support and compassion at affordable prices.   

When T.J. and his family took over ownership of Grand Valley Funeral Homes their goals are to provide high quality service, affordable burial and cremations options and a personalized funeral service. Most of all help and walk families through the process of a funeral arrangement and services according to there customs traditions and/or beliefs. 

In T.J.’s spare time you’ll find him spending time with family, friends, little Allie and enjoying the great outdoors and being active.  T.J. mostly enjoys what the Great State of Colorado has to offer.




Chief Executive Office & Funeral Director

Anthony D. Garcia is our CEO  He really enjoys caring, honor, and for the families and the person who has passed away with the upmost professionalism, respect they deserve.  Anthony’s goals are for his staff  to treat everyone like family. We also expect the staff to show high integrity.     

Anthony has an a great background in management in may different types of professions.  Anthony was a supervisor mechanic for Mesa Airlines, then became supervisor and foremen at Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico.  Anthony was also a Supervisor for the City of Farmington Parks and Recreation Department for years before relocating to Grand Junction.  Anthony was also an engineer at San Juan Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. He has worked with multi state and local agents to insure his operations are always in compliance and in order. 

In Anthony’s spare time you will find him spending time with his family. You may also find him on the trails riding his horses or traveling around.  Anthony is an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan.




Emeritus Funeral Director's

Mr. & Mrs. Garcia, have been around and cared for families with the upmost.  They have great experience, knowledge, compassion and understanding.  They feel families should be treated all the same, and should receive 100 percent quality service, care, compassion and respect for sometime.  They honored and still enjoy interacting with families whom we are serving.  Mr. Garcia also served in the United States Military during the Korean War. 

Mr. and Mrs. Garcia still work around the funeral homes with their family.  They also still work on funeral services or viewings.  As one of our sayings is "Our Family, Serving Yours".   

In Mr. & Mrs. Garcia spare time they enjoy traveling, spending time with their children and grandchildern also doing all kind of outdoor activities.




Chief Financial Office & Funeral Director

Karlene is our Chief Financial Office.  Karlene is a very caring person and strives to give families she services 100 percent quality service, she feels each family is different and they have their own customs, traditions or beliefs.  Karlene feels It's our job to guide families through the funeral planning process with ease.  She most of all feels families shouldn't have to be taken advantage of with high funeral home charges.  Karlene and her family took over ownership and her goal was to provide affordable quality burial or cremation services to our community. 

Karlene has a great background in management, finances and marketing. She was with Advertising Ideas as their General Manger of operations for over 15 years.  Karlene then became the Office Manger and medical biller for the top Physical Therapy business in Farmington New Mexico. Her skills with customer service and caring for people is a great asset to families she comes in contact with. 

In Karlene’s spare time you see her hang out with family and friends and going horse back riding on her horses. Her family comes first.




Pre-Need Manager & Family Service Counselor

    Scott is our Manager of Pre-planning.  Scott comes from a background of sales and management.  He enjoys walking people through pre-planning thier funeral burial or cremation services.  Scott feels each burial or cremation service should be personalized to the individual. 

Scotts was Executive Sales Associate for Jostens Company for over 23 years where he was oversaw a multi state territory before joining our team a few years ago.  Scott has been a great asset to Grand Valley Funeral Homes with his marketing and sales background.  Scott is involved in multiple organizations and groups in Mesa County and the State of Colorado.  He is  licensed to sell insurance and pre-planning packages with National Guardian Life and United Heritage Insurance Companies. 

Scott likes traveling and spending time with his family in his spare time.




Funeral Director & Embalmer

David is one of our Funeral Directors and Embalmers.  He has been in the funeral industry for over 23 years.  He is a caring person that also believes families should be treated with the upmost care and respect.  David feels funeral service was a calling for him. He takes great pride in his work. 

David is familiar with all aspect of funeral service, he started his career at Olingers Funeral Homes which operates 9 locations in Denver, Colorado.  David had then moved to Grand Junction and began working at Martin Mortuary where he served families for 19 years.  David was also served in the United States Military.  David became part of the Grand Valley Funeral Homes team in January 2015.  We are happy to have him as one of our staff members. 

In David’s spare time you’ll find him spending time with his family and friends.  David also plays guitar and sings in a local band which he has made a CD.




Funeral Director

Ivy is one of our wonderful Funeral Directors.  Ivy provides families with excellent service with care and respect. Ivy feels families should be walked through the funeral planning process. She makes families feel at ease when they leave the funeral homes.   

Ivy did a year internship with Callahan Edfast Mortuary and worked at Mesa Funeral Service for 3 years. She enjoys working for a family owned and operated business. Ivy says “By working for a family owned funeral home we can provide a more personal relationship and are more than just a number.”  We are pleased to have Ivy be a part of the Grand Valley staff. 

In Ivy's spare time she spends it with her pride and joy daughter and family. Ivy also enjoys traveling and participating in fun activities.




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Family Service Counselor




Pastor & Funeral Care Assistant



Office Assistant & Funeral Care Associate

Laci is one of our part time employee who assistants the Funeral Directors and Management with all aspects of funeral service.  We are thankful to have her be part of our  Grand Valley Funeral Homes team.




Funeral Care Associate

Merl is one of our part time employee who assists the Funeral Directors and Management with all aspects of funeral service.  We are thankful to have him be part of our Grand Valley Funeral Homes team.




Funeral Care Assistant



Funeral Care Assistant

Paula is our lovely retired office manager. She takes great pride working with families in one of the hardest times of their lives.  She feels she can relate more to families as she has experienced the passing of both here parents.  Paula knows how planning or making funeral plans can be.  She likes to make it easy and seamless for families. 

We are very pleased to have Paula a part of the Grand Valley Funeral Homes staff.  Paula has also owned and operated here own businesses in the area from hair salon to sales.  Her knowledge with customer service and her caring nature makes her a big asset to us and our familes she serves.   

In Paulas spare time you will find Paula with here family or traveling with her wonderful husband.




Funeral Care Associate

Michelle is one of our wonderful Office Assistant and Lead Funeral Care Associates.  She helps around the funeral homes, assists the Funeral Directors from viewings and services to  clerical work .  Michelle has enjoyed learning  all aspects of the funeral service business.  She most of all enjoys caring and helping the families going through this tragic event.  She feels she can also relate as she has experienced the passing of her father and other family members. 

She is a family oriented lady and believes family comes first.  Michelle spends here spare time traveling and spending time with her wonderful family.




Greeter & Grief Assistant

She is our little grief therapy dog.  Allie is a very friendly 15 year old eight pound Yorkshire Terrier and is equally comfortable with children and adults.  Allie is full of compassion and just enjoys meeting new people. She might even smile at you.  

She can usually be found lounging in the reception areas or greeting familes and visitors when they enter the funeral homes.  Allie spends her leisure time with her family and playing.

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