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 the Gila Valley in southeastern Arizona, moving to Mesa in 1976. After working in the retail grocery industry for nearly 30 years, Steve decided to make a career change and returned to college in 2002. He 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, Steve manages our Garden Chapel and oversees the daily 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.
Paula Sommer Rogers Sheridan is an Arizona native who will never acclimate to our high temperatures. She is married to Daniel Sheridan and they have 3 beautiful children. In 2008, Paula graduated from the Mortuary Program at Mesa Community College. She is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Cremationist. She began her journey with the Bunker Family in 2010, just 3 weeks after her mother’s funeral services. It is with great honor that Paula serves the families that entrust their loved ones to the very location that cared for her own family during such a heart breaking time.
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 recently graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Mesa Community College. Bryce and his wife, Ashley, have a beautiful little girl, Berklee. 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 with funeral services, transporting and delivering documents, and maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of our chapels for the families we serve.
Victoria was raised in Henderson, Nevada before relocating to Arizona 10 years ago. After having a wonderful celebration when she lost her father, she now strives to assist others to have the same experience. She loves serving families and believes that funeral service is her calling in life. She feels it is a blessing to be able to make a difference in the lives of others. She graduated from the Mesa Community College Mortuary Science Program in 2012, where she earned the David Speakman Award, Order of the Golden Rule Scholarship and the Arizona Funeral Cemetery and Cremation Association’s Scholarship. She and her husband Ryan have been blessed with five amazing sons. When away from work she enjoys spending time with her boys traveling.
Elizabeth is an Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa. She graduated from Mesa Community College in 2003 with an Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science, later receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She started with Bunker Family Funeral Homes in 2010 as the Director of Preparations. She is a licensed embalmer and her duties are to oversee the Care Center. Elizabeth feels that funeral service is her calling and finds her job very rewarding and fulfilling. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family and being a new mom. She is a member of the St. George Catholic Church in Apache Junction, where she resides with her family.
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.
Donna is the Family Relations Associate at Bunker’s University Chapel. She has worked in the funeral industry for 21 years. She loves her job and loves helping the families she serves. Donna and her husband, Abel, live in Mesa and have two grown boys, Adam and Andrew. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loves road trips, cooking for her family, making quilts, camping, reading and gardening.
Growing up as the daughter of a career Army officer, Terry has lived in 11 states (5 separate times in her home state of Georgia), 2 foreign countries and attended 14 different schools. She also served as an Army medic during the Viet Nam Era. Her son is continuing the family’s military tradition, serving in the Army since 2000. Besides her son, she has one daughter-in-law, one daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. Terry is an avid reader and enjoyed performing in Community Theater over an 8 year period in Elberton, GA. Terry’s first exposure to the funeral industry was in Elberton, GA (The Granite Capitol of the World), selling granite to funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the South and Midwest. Upon returning to Arizona in 2011, it was an easy transition into her current role as Family Relations Associate at our A Wise Choice Desert View Chapel.
Karoline 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 and get her Mortuary Science degree. She feels so fortunate to be a member of the Bunker team while completing her course work. Karoline expects to graduate in May 2017 and will continue with her education to become a licensed Funeral Director. When Karoline isn’t providing care, compassion and assisting grieving families, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and traveling.
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.