Friday, April 30, 2010

Funeral Home Changes Hands

By John Larson

SOCORRO – Families in need of funeral services will now be seeing a new face at the corner of Garfield and Grant streets. David Hall, longtime owner and operator of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, has turned the keys over to Daniels Family Funeral Services.
Terry Dise, who has been in the funeral service business for many years, is handling arrangements as of Monday, Apr. 26, for the Socorro funeral home.

Daniels Family Funeral Services, owned by Kevin Daniels and his wife, is based in Albuquerque, and since 2003 has expanded to 15 funeral homes across New Mexico. The firm also sees over four cemeteries, three crematoriums, and a monument company.
“This is a family business, and has a long history of managing funeral services,” Daniels said. “We have learned how to provide exceptional service to every single family on one of their most difficult days of their lives. We are grateful to have formed personal relationships with the families we’ve met and helped through a tough period.”
Besides overseeing the largest funeral service organization in New Mexico, Daniels is also president of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association. He is also involved in community services, and dedicated to such organizations as the United Way of Central New Mexico, Catholic Charities, and also serves on the board of directors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, where he and his wife are founding members of the Herencia Circle.
Daniels said staffing at the funeral home will not change. “Everyone here is very enthusiastic, and will continue the same level of service,” he said.
Manager Terry Dise has been in the profession 26 years, and looks forward to settling in Socorro.
“This is a friendly community, and David [Hall] has been helpful in getting me acquainted with the area,” Dise said. “I’m proud to working with Daniels Family Funeral Services.
“Their, and my, ultimate goal is to serve families who have lost their loved ones and make them know that loved one is most important person in the entire county on that day.”
The funeral home opened in 1956. David Hall jacquired the business in 1983. It became Steadman-Hall in 1990.
Hall said he had been thinking about selling the establishment for the past year.
“I’ve been doing this for 26 years, but decided I needed to spend more time with my family,” Hall said. “I feel fortunate to have served the needs of the families of Socorro and Catron counties, and when I decided to retire from the business I looked long and hard at who could best carry on the reputation and level of caring we’ve tried to maintain. Kevin Daniels and his wife were the perfect fit.”
He said he feels good about turning the operation of the funeral home over to Dise.

Picture: David Hall (right) congratulates Terry Dise on being the new manager.

Photo by John Larson

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