About Us

The early pioneers of the industry who gathered on one or two occasions prior to the year of 1902 and from which our present Association eventually started. The first meeting was called by the State Board of Health for the purpose of having the Funeral Directors take an examination for licensed embalmers. This meeting was held in Tacoma at which timethe present Association was formed and committees appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws. The officers elected were E. R. Butterworth of Seattle, president; Alex Turnbull of Spokane, 1st vice-president; J. F. Jerread of Everett, 2nd vice-president; H. L. Mead of Centralia, secretary; C. L. Hoska of Tacoma, treasurer. The first annual convention was held that same year (1902) in Spokane in October at which time its Constitution and By-Laws were adopted.  The second convention with an examination for licensed embalmers was held in Yakima. Among those taking the examination were: C. O. Lynn, Tacoma, L. L. Bruning, Colfax, and E. S. Hennessey, Spokane. 

Perhaps the most important step taken by the Association was at the Thirty-Third Annual Convention held on August 8-9, 1934 in Tacoma, WA when definite plans for an Executive Office were promulgated and a Board of five Trustees elected to serve in the interest of this contemplated program of establishing a permanent business executive office. Board members elected were: John E. Drummey, chairman; Chas Fickel, secretary; Ray Lee, F. L. Christman, and E. S. Hennessey. neers of this association gathered on one or two occasions prior to the year of 1902 and from which our present Association eventually started. The first meeting was called by the State Board of Health for the purpose of having the Funeral Directors take an examination for licensed embalmers. This meeting was held in Tacoma at which time the present Association was formed and committees appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws. The officers elected were E. R. Butterworth of Seattle, president; Alex Turnbull of Spokane, 1st vice-president; J. F. Jerread of Everett, 2nd vice-president; H. L. Mead of Centralia, secretary; C. L. Hoska of Tacoma, treasurer. The first annual convention was held that same year (1902) in Spokane in October at which time the Constitution and By-Laws were adopted. The second convention with an examination for licensed embalmers was held in Yakima. Among those taking the examination were: C.O. Lynn, Tacoma, L. L. Bruning, Colfax, and E. S. Hennessey, Spokane.