Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Established in 1956, Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Salem, Oregon is located a few miles from the Oregon State capital building. Surrounded by farmland and the Oregon Mountains, and overlooking the lush Willamette Valley, the flat grounds feature wonderful trees and gardens. There are old unique monuments in the gardens, including a mural of the Last Supper, a shepherd and sheep, and an open Bible.
In the mid 1980's, Restlawn funeral home was added to the cemetery grounds. Understanding the growing needs of West Salem and Polk county, Restlawn Funeral Home was built to meet the needs of the community. Restlawn has a modern design and continues to make adjustments in order to grow with our community.
Restlawn offers traditional funerals, personalized funerals, memorial and graveside services, various cremation options, military honors for Veterans, traditional in-ground burials, niches, lawn crypts, columbariums, mausoleums, and private estate options.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
General Manager & Director
Tim has been in the funeral industry for over 24 years. His career started in Oregon where he was born and raised most of his life. His experience started early and Tim served a three year apprenticeship before attending Mt.Hood Community College where he graduated with his sciences degree in Funeral Service. Tim’s interest in the funeral industry began when he was young, with most of his family involved in the medical field, Tim figured that becoming a funeral director/embalmer would be a good fit due to his love for anatomy and caring for others. Tim enjoys helping guide families through one of the hardest experiences of their lives by providing tools to create the perfect way to memorialize their loved ones. When Tim is not working he loves spending time with his dogs, traveling, hiking, fishing, kayaking, flying, camping and just getting out in what the great northwest has to offer.
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Funeral Director / Embalmer
Garry joined our funeral home in 2012, but has served Salem area families since 1977. He has worked with many of the same families throughout his career and feels it has been very rewarding to continue to serve them today. Born and raised in Salem, he is active in the community through his memberships with the Courthouse Athletic Club and the Salem Active Business Promoters.
Garry graduated from South Salem High School in 1975, and continued his education at Chemeketa Commuinty College, Western Oregon University and Mt. Hood Community College.
In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting and working out with friends. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Starla, and going on their annual trips to Hawaii.
Funeral Director Assistant
Tisha was born on the Oregon coast growing up in North Bend, OR. She went to school and started her career in the cemetery field at Sunset Memorial Park and Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay, OR. She then moved to the Willamette Valley with her Husband, Chris and two children Taylor & James, in 2005 and settled in Dallas, OR.
Tisha started working at Restlawn Memory Gardens in 2006 and moved her way up to an Aarea VP of Administration for the western region overseeing administrators for 50 Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.
In her off time she loves to travel and has been on many cruises with her family. She is also an avid reader who reads about a book a week. Everyone knows when Tisha is in the office as she is known to belt out a song at any given moment.
Funeral Home Administrator
Leigh brought strong administrative and customer service experience to our team when she joined the staff in May 2008. Born in Portland, she is fifth-generation Oregonian who was raised on a self-sustained farm in Wilsonville. She is active in her community through the Willamette Riverkeepers.
Leigh lives in Independence with her daughter, Malaya, and their cat, Boots. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, swimming, boating, and touring the Oregon wine country.
Rick Corbin has been with Restlawn since 1997 and now serves families as Superintendent. He takes pride in his work to make sure the grounds are always immaculate. He is a native Oregonian and lives in Salem with his beautiful wife and loves his pets! In his spare time he enjoys Eastern Oregon, fishing, hiking and camping.
Allan is an Oregon native born in Bend, OR. He has been with Restlawn, Keizer and Farnstrom Mortuaries for two years as a Funeral Assistant and is engaged with many aspects of the day to day operations of the funeral homes including; helping with services, courier tasks, maintaining automobiles, maintenance and just being the funeral directors right hand and is always eager to help in any situation. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, BBQing and most of all spending time with his family and grandkids.
Funeral and Cemetery Sales Manager
Michael Thress has been serving families at their time of need since 2012. He started in Family Service and currently is Sales Manager at Restlawn Memory Gardens and Mausoleum, Roseburg Memorial Park and Valley View Cemetery.
Michael graduated from Drexel University and has a Bachelor Degree in Finance. During his free time Michael likes to snowboard and golf.
“When I started in this industry I discovered my passion when I realized the invaluable service I provide – basically when death occurs, I give the family peace of mind by understanding ‘who to call, where to go, and what to do.”
Cemetery Family Service
Loretta joined Restlawn Cemetery team in 2013, she came from a background of 32 years of Bookkeeping, Payroll/Benefits, Auditing and Budgeting, in Oregon and Washington.
Being new to the Cemetery business Loretta has found it very rewarding. Helping families at their time of need, and those who wish to pre-plan.
Giving some peace of mind to those who are grieving is very important to Loretta, she treats every family she serves as though they were her own.
with compassion, understanding and sincere concern.
Loretta has lost several members of her family, she has witnessed first hand the benefits of Pre-Planning your cemetery needs, versus not having plans made.
Having gone through such loss, Loretta, has become a strong Advocate for Pre-planning Cemetery needs.
Witnessing the heart-ship of watching families struggle with loss, unprepared, both emotionally and financially, only strengthens her commitment to educate families on the importance of Pre-Planning.
Loretta strongly believes it is "The Greatest Gift of Love You Can Give your Family".
Funeral and Cemetery Family Service
Jon joined Restlawn Memory Gardens & Funeral Home to help families pre-arrange their cemetery and funeral needs. He is licensed both as a life insurance agent, as well as, a cemeterian. He enjoys giving families the peace of mind that their arrangements have been taken care of long before a death occurs. During his time off Jon enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his local church, and golfing.
Funeral and Cemetery Family Service
Brandon started helping families with their Cemetery & Funeral Home needs in 2008. His maternal grandmother lived in his home for many years and when she passed he experienced the healing that comes from having everything pre- arranged. In contrast, when his other grandmother passed, little was arranged and making all the choices when in grief -was so difficult. He helps those who want to protect their families from making hard decisions on a hard day; he personally knows why this is so important.
Having a dedicated space to mourn a loved one, has always been a part of human societies. That is why he loves cemeteries & especially monument design. He honed his monument design skills to the point; that others paid to enter his designs into national design competitions (where he placed 2nd in 2012).
He has dedicated himself to God, Family, Church, Community (in that order). His favorite quote 'Send good into the universe, and good will come back to you'.
Funeral and Cemetery Family Service
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