By Cecily Markland
Carrying on a rich legacy of assisting families in their time of loss, Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery and the more recently added San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home and Advance Planning Center are known for excellent service, personalized options, affordable choices and caring support.
Established in 1951 by Albert M. Coury, Sr., the company is still family-owned and operated, now under the direction of Albert’s son, Daniel, and Daniel’s son, Greg.
The 50-acre East Mesa cemetery, with its majestic waterfall entrance, rich lawn and hundreds of trees, is heralded as the Valley’s most beautiful cemetery.
The Courys continue to build on their already solid reputation, taking care to ensure that families have the most personal and meaningful care possible. An example is in the way they have tailored their services to the Latter-day Saint community. Twelve special gardens dot the grounds, including Catholic, Christian and Masonic Gardens and one dedicated to the LDS faith.
“This is one way we are reaching out to the LDS community,” says president Greg Coury, adding that, since it opened, “Forty-plus families have chosen the LDS garden as their resting place.
“We also have a beautiful granite memorial carved in the shape of the Mesa Temple,” he says, “and we encourage anyone to bring drawings—say, of other temples—or other ideas for upright monuments, and we can have them custom made.”
In the LDS-focused garden, “We are adding a center feature that includes 48 crypts and a six-foot Christus adorning the top. It’s a beautiful feature made of light granite, much like the color of the Gilbert and Mesa Temples.”
Both locations have designated dressing areas for Latter-day Saints. “We have a dressing room in San Tan and use the small chapel in Mesa,” Greg says. Both are tastefully decorated, with chairs and pictures of the Mesa and Gilbert temples.
Funeral services are conducted at both locations, and they have a reception room that can be used for family gatherings afterwards. “We truly want to work with families so they can use whichever of our services they feel most comfortable with, whatever meets their needs.”
Greg adds that their staff is compassionate, well-trained and professional. “All of our funeral directors are licensed, meaning they have been to school and have served an apprenticeship. They are also licensed embalmers and licensed to do cremations.”
“Our facilities and services are second to none,” Greg continues, noting that they offer top-quality products at excellent value. “We encourage people to compare prices,” he says, “and we highly recommend advance planning to save on cemetery plots and funerals.”
To contact Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery at 7900 E Main St. in Mesa, visit www.mvfuneralhome.com or call 480-832-2850. To reach the San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, at 21809 S. Ellsworth in Queen Creek, call 480-888-2682.