History & Staff

We have 30 years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Our families come to us because they know we are innovative professionals who are dedicated to customer service, and have the highest standards of integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • David  Humpherys Jr.

    David Humpherys Jr. Owner/ Funeral Director/Embalmer

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    David is a Third Generation Owner of the Valley Hills Family Funeral Home; he has been active in the Funeral Industry for many years as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. David grew up in Sunnyside and continues to be the Lead Funeral Director for Valley Hills of Zillah, the original Valley Hills location. He strives to passionately care for each family in their time of loss, and believes the community is what makes Valley Hills who we are.

  • Amber Humpherys

    Amber Humpherys Owner/Funeral Assistant

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    Amber is co-owner to Valley Hills and a teacher in the Sunnyside School District. She is kind, gracious and empathetic. You’ll meet Amber assisting with services or our beautiful horses.

  • James  Gregory

    James Gregory Funeral Director/Embalmer

    James “Jim” is our Lead Embalmer here at Valley Hills. He ensures that everyone gets to say their final good-bye in a dignified and respectful manner. Jim has been in the funeral industry for 38 years and continues to work hard, as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. You often won’t see Jimmy in the front of the Zillah Funeral Home, but he would be honored to meet you if you ask!

  • Laura D'Hondt

    Laura D'Hondt Funeral Director/Embalmer/Pre-Need Specialist

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    Laura is the Valley’s very own Seattleite; she has been in Eastern Washington a very short while, but is learning it’s charm. She is the Lead Funeral Director for Valley Hills of Sunnyside, an Intern Embalmer and has just earned her Life Insurance License. Laura is caring, spirited and patient. Come visit her for a Funeral Home Tour, at-need, or future care with the Valley Hills Team.

  • Francisco Flores

    Francisco Flores Funeral Director Intern - Licensed Preened Specialist

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    Francisco "Frank" Flores comes from a background of service to the community. A minister's son, his involvements in community help and service have led him to becoming a caring funeral director. Eight years in the US Army taught him the discipline and leadership needed to become a successful manager of personnel and operations. Frank is a loving husband and father of two. Visit Frank at our Yakima Chapel to start your pre-planning or simply for a chat over coffee in English or Spanish.

  • Jerry  Roybal

    Jerry Roybal Funeral Assistant

    Jerry is truly one of a kind and one of the first faces you may meet. He handles everyone with graciousness, compassion and patience. Whether he is taking your loved one into our care, or assisting in a funeral service, he will be there to guide you, hold your hand and pray. Working for Valley Hills is a second career for Jerry, and he is simply here because he loves what he does.

  • Nancy Rodrigues

    Nancy Rodrigues Wapato Office Manager/Funeral Assistant

    Nancy is our newest Funeral Intern and we are excited to watch her grow from Office Manager into this new roll. Nancy greets everyone with warmth, sincerity and comfort. Nancy comes from a background of customer service, is bilingual and is looking forward to meeting with you.

  • Sarah Schoonover

    Sarah Schoonover Yakima Office Manager

    Sarah is a life time resident of the Yakima Valley, growing up in the Terrace Heights community. She is compassionate, detail orientated, and very welcoming. Sarah has a background in administrative work and accounting. She is fairly new to the funeral home industry, although she is eager to learn and excel in her new profession. Sarah loves spending time with her family, and is loving every minute of being a new mom. Come visit her at our Yakima office, she'd love to talk with you!

  • Araceli Suarez

    Araceli Suarez Zillah Office Manager/Bookkeeper/Funeral Director Intern

    Araceli is a perfect fit to Valley Hills, she's kind hearted, honest and goal oriented. She attended Perry Technical Institute where she graduated with an Associates in Business Administration and Accounting. She has many years of experience in banking, customer service and front office. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and is an active member of her church, Iglesia Del Valle in Toppenish. Araceli would love to assist you in Zillah, and she's bilingual!

  • Ed Staley

    Ed Staley Funeral Assistant

    Ed has been with the Valley Hills team for a few years, but has over 18 years in the industry. He is quiet, but gentle and understanding. Whether he is taking a loved one into our care or assisting at a service; Ed will always go the extra mile to help you in your time of need. Take the time to say “Hello” to Ed, he has plenty of kindness to share.

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Mark has many years of being a Funeral Director and Embalmer under his belt. He is sympathetic and genuine during your time of need. Mark excels in his current role as Assistant to the Regional Manager.

  • Ezekiel and Charlie

    Ezekiel and Charlie Funeral Carriage Team

    Ezekiel and Charlie are rare grey English Shire Horses. They were born on opposite sides of the country, but happen to be first cousins. The beautiful pair lead our carriage here at Valley Hills, and enjoy being groomed or spoiled during their leisure time.

  • Beechy and Maggie

    Beechy and Maggie Funeral Carriage Team

    Beechy and Maggie are Registered Percherons and grew up on an Amish farm in Ohio. Pulling carriages is a relaxing change of pace from plowing and cutting wheat fields.