Our mission of excellence began with the establishment of Gibbons Mortuary by M.L. “Cardinal” Gibbons in 1913. Since then, what has come to be known as Bunker Family Funerals & Cremation has been providing unique and fitting tributes to the loved ones of Arizona families.
In 1964, a new era began with the purchase of the organization by Bryan L. Bunker, B. Allen Bunker and other investors. The Bunkers brought vast experience in funeral service from their operation in Las Vegas. Randy Bunker joined his father, B. Allen Bunker, in 1971 and in 1976 they purchased the entire stock of the organization. At that point we became known as Gibbons-Bunker Mortuaries. In 1984, the Gibbons name was retired.
In 1989, after years of dedication and service, B. Allen Bunker retired and Randy Bunker purchased the entire organization. Randy stands committed to providing warm, caring and meaningful service to all families who call on us—regardless of budget or traditions.
By providing quality facilities and services at convenient locations, Bunker Family Funerals & Cremation has made it as simple as possible for grieving families to create meaningful tributes for their loved ones. More than a hundred years since our founding, we remain committed to providing distinctive and fitting service.
Our funeral directors are licensed, experienced, knowledgeable and prepared to guide families through the most difficult time in life.
Randy Bunker is the third generation owner of Bunker Family Funerals & Cremation. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and has served in the industry for over 40 years. In addition to serving as the company’s president, he has also served as the president of the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers for 8 years, International Order of the Golden Rule, Arizona Funeral Directors Association, American Cancer Society (Mesa Chapter), Sirrine Adult Day Care Center, and has served on the Board of Directors of several other organizations. Randy has been married to his wife, Arlene, for over 40 years and has 6 children. He enjoys serving in his church, golfing, and playing racquetball.
Steve was born and raised in southeastern Arizona, and moved to Mesa in 1976. After working in the retail grocery industry for years, he decided to make a career change and returned to college. Steve graduated from the Mortuary Science Program at Mesa Community College in 2004, and joined the Bunker Family in 2005. In addition to assisting families with funeral arrangements and conducting services, he manages our Garden Chapel and oversees the operations at our other locations as well. Steve has found funeral service to be extremely rewarding, assisting families with planning meaningful tributes to their loved ones and beginning the healing process.
Bryce is an Arizona boy through and through. He was born and raised in Mesa where he attended Mountain View High School. After graduation, he served a two-year service mission in Georgia. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Applied Biological Sciences and a minor in Business. After working in Northern California for a short time, Bryce had a great desire to move back to Arizona and get involved in the family business. He graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Mesa Community College May 2014. Bryce and his wife, Ashley, have three beautiful children. Bryce is also a huge sports fan, particularly of the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns, but his greatest satisfaction comes from serving the special families who entrust us with caring for their loved ones.
Michelle was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts and moved to Arizona in 1971 with her family. She graduated from Chandler High School and attended the Maricopa Technical Institute in Phoenix. Michelle worked in the retail grocery industry for many years before joining the Bunker Family in 2009. Her duties include assisting families at our Garden Chapel, and securing documents necessary for services.
Elizabeth is an Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa and resides in Gilbert with her family. She graduated from Mesa Community College in 2003 with an Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science Degree, and later received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Elizabeth is a license embalmer and started in the funeral service industry in 2001. She started with Bunker Family Funeral Homes in 2010 with the duty of overseeing the care center. Elizabeth feels that funeral service is her calling and finds her job very rewarding and fulfilling. She enjoys bowling on a league and spending time with her husband and two children.
Allen was raised in the small town of Morgan, UT. He graduated from high school and attended two years at Weber State College. Allen met his wife Loretta in 1961 and they were married later that year. They have four children, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family moved to Arizona in 1979, where Allen worked for Motorola in the engineering department. Allen joined the Bunker Family in 2006. He appreciates working with families, knowing the importance of being sensitive to their needs and desires. He also enjoys his association with the other dedicated staff members. He and Loretta enjoy going to movies, camping with the grandkids, reading, and serving in their church.
Holly Blackhurst was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Mesa, Arizona as a teenager. She graduated from Mesa Mountain View High School and attended Brigham Young University. After working as a legal secretary and paralegal, she joined Bunker Family Funeral Homes as a Family Relations Associate in 1997. She currently works as our Administrator, managing accounts payable and receivable, payroll and a myriad of other duties. She enjoys reading, quilting and is a devoted aunt to 24 nieces and nephews.
Karoline Davidson is passionate about serving the community. After graduating from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, she worked for more than a decade as a broadcast journalist. Karoline moved to Arizona with her husband in 2013 and started volunteering her time at hospice while working part-time as a home care companion for the elderly. That’s when Karoline decided to go back to school to get her Mortuary Science degree, graduating in May 2017. Karoline is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, licensed Cremationist, Embalmer, and will become a licensed Funeral Director in September 2019. When Karoline isn’t providing care, compassion and assisting grieving families, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones traveling.
Denise was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2001 with her four beautiful children. She had a career in black jack dealing for 10 years and also with Mesa Public Schools (MPS) providing transportation as a bus driver for 15 years. While employed with MPS she decided to choose a different career path. Even though she loved driving her students she knew her passion for serving others was geared toward a deeper level of care. This passion is what brought her to the funeral service profession. She attended the Mortuary Science Program at Mesa Community College and graduated in 2015. In her spare time Denise enjoys spending time with her loving family and friends, as well as bowling and horseback riding. In 2016, Denise joined the Bunker Family and has been blessed to serve families as a licensed embalmer and cremationist working in the Care Center alongside her colleagues. She is proud of the hard work and dedication that the Bunker family has to offer the community.
Candace is a gypsy soul at heart thanks to her military upbringing that brought new places and cultural experiences throughout her life. She loves to travel, laugh and hike in the beautiful Arizona desert. She especially loves serving in her church as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Candace has an Associate’s degree and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has a passion for helping others and elevating those in their time of need.
Michelle Masi was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and now resides in Gilbert with her spouse, son and daughter. She enjoys baking, spending time with friends and family, and watching the Diamondbacks. Michelle joined the Bunker family in Sept 2017, graduated from the Mortuary Science program in May 2019 and is now serving her embalming internship in the care center. Michelle’s passion has been to work in the funeral industry since she was a child. She feels it is her calling, and says it is very rewarding to serve families and care for their loved ones in such a difficult time.
Nicole grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and has felt drawn to funeral service and serving others since she was young. After graduating from Highland High School, Nicole began work for a local financial institution where she stayed for four years. In 2018, she decided to finally pursue her calling and enrolled in the Mortuary Science Program at Chandler Gilbert Community College and graduated in May of 2019. Nicole’s journey with Bunker’s started in March of 2019 and she has loved having the opportunity and the honor of serving families and bringing them comfort and peace during their healing process. She is proud to be a part of the Bunker team and looks forward to her future in funeral service. When Nicole is not assisting families, she enjoys spending time with her own family and her dachshund puppy, Winchester.
Bruce was born in Utah but raised mostly in Arizona. He attended school at Mountain View High School and Mesa Community College. He served a two-year mission in London, England. He recently retired after working for 30 years with United Parcel Service. He currently works in the care center and enjoys working with families.
Cliff Armstrong (Manager of Gilbert Memorial Park and Funeral Home.) Cliff has worked in the Funeral & Cemetery Industry since June of 1999. With over twenty years in the industry he has held various titles from Grounds Superintendent to General Manager. He recently relocated to Arizona and has worked for the Bunker family since April of 2019.
Alison Olsen is the Office Administrator at Gilbert Memorial Park; she currently works as the Family Relations Associate at Bunker’s Garden Chapel. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in processing childhood trauma. Alison has over seven years’ experience in funeral service and previously worked in education on a volunteer and professional basis.
Heather recently relocated to Arizona by way of Colorado and has been serving in the funeral profession since 2014. Heather received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and graduated in August 2019 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. Heather is a first-generation, second-career funeral professional. After losing her father in 2009, Heather felt drawn to the profession to care for people and felt that her background in event management provided her with a unique skillset to plan meaningful services for families. Heather enjoys spending time with her teenage son and family, enjoys all outside activities, and is really looking forward to enjoying no snow winters.
To serve with dignity and respect those families who entrust their loved ones to our care. We do this by educating them on their choices and providing professional, sensitive services and products. We pay close attention to each family’s needs before, during and after the grieving process.
“Big business” is taking over many family-owned funeral homes and cemeteries across the United States. With this movement, the personalized care necessary during the grieving process is often lost. These conglomerate organizations are more about profit and generating value for investors than about the deceased’s final arrangements and care of loved ones.
Bunker Family Funerals & Cremation is committed to quality care. Our commitment is to the families who entrust us with their loved ones. We provide all of the necessary care, products and services to meet our families’ needs.
When you contact Bunker Family Funeral & Cremation, you become part of our family. Our experience is proven every day, since 1913.