The Mountain View Difference
Since 1915, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Tacoma community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.
We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.
We invite you to discover who has made Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory the ultimate provider of creating healing experiences in the community. This section contains the heritage, vision, and the people behind Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory's reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust.
Mountain View draws on rich heritage, beginning in 1915 when James Thompson created the Memorial Park.
James’ son, J. Arthur Thompson added the funeral home on the cemetery grounds. At the time a revolutionary idea, it was only the second funeral home/cemetery combination in the United States.
Arthur’s son, Brewer B. Thompson, came to Mountain View. Under his leadership, Mountain View continued to grow. A second funeral chapel was built on the grounds, the operation was computerized, the staff grew in size to 68 full time employees, 80 more acres were acquired and the company became debt free.
Cindy Thompson, 4th generation President of Mountain View built the Celebration of Life Center, which includes the Aspen Chapel and two reception rooms.
Growing beyond the family heritage
Seeing the need for Mountain View to grow beyond the family heritage from which it began, Cindy arranged for NorthStar Memorial Group to acquire the park. For nearly 100 years, Mountain View Memorial Park has been part of life for the people of Tacoma.
In the past few years, we have developed an additional urn garden with over 3,000 inurnment spaces and another mausoleum structure, which brings the total of such structures to 10 with over 5,000 casket spaces and over 10,000 niches for cremated remains. The cemetery also includes five veterans sections and 53 other separate gardens for burial.
Preserving beauty & peace
Mountain View Memorial Park has an array of flora and fauna, including 181 different varieties of trees, 575 rhododendrons, a rose garden and many varieties of birds and wildlife.
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Years in Business
We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.
Funeral Home Manager
Assistant Cemetery Superintendent
Family Service Advisor
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Administrative Specialist & Historian
Family Service Advisor
Family Service Advisor
Mary Lou Colorossi
Clerical Administrative Specialist
Clerical Administrative Specialist & Hobbs The Therapy Dog's Human
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Casey is a 4th generation Funeral Director who grew up in Paris, Texas and has over 25 years in our profession. Casey and his partner Walt recently celebrated their 21st anniversary. They are both native Texans but have always had a desire to beat the heat and relocate to the Pacific Northwest.
He is a graduate of Paris Junior College and a 1992 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He later graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington. Casey served his internship at Bakker Funeral Home in Eastland, Texas, receiving his Funeral Directors and Embalmers licenses in 1993. While in Eastland, Casey was active in the city fire department, earning both an Emergency Medical Technicians License and a Firefighting One certificate from Texas A&M University at College Station.
His first position as a licensed funeral director was with Resthaven Funeral Home and Cemetery in Lubbock, Tx. He moved to Dallas to become a funeral director at Grove Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park. While in Dallas, Casey was cited by the Dallas Morning News and the City for acts of heroism during floods in 1998 in southeast Dallas, receiving the Keys of the City from then Mayor Ron Kirk.
He later became regional marketing manager for Wilbert Burial Vaults, serving Texas and New Mexico. After two years, he accepted a position as assistant manager with Restland Funeral Home & Cemetery in Dallas, Texas’ largest funeral home. Casey & Walt moved back to their childhood home where Casey became a director of Gene Roden’s Sons Funeral Home and eventually being named operations manager of that firm in 2005. In 2006, Casey became an Owner and Operator of the Funeral Home which became Starrett-Rose Funeral Home. In 2008, after selling their interest in the funeral home Casey & Walt moved back to Dallas. Casey became a General Manager for several funeral homes and Funeral/Cemetery combination locations in the Texas DFW Metroplex, before moving here to the Pacific Northwest. Casey was recently elected to a two year term on the Board of Directors of the Washington Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (WCCFA).
Casey & Walt have served several communities in many ways – one as board members of Paris Habitat for Humanity, and chairs of the Heritage Tourism Committee for Visionaries in Preservation. Casey is passionate about the re-birth of cities downtown areas, historic preservation, and grief recovery to mention a few.
Family Service Manager
Tim joins the Mountain View team from Texas where he served as a Family Service Advisor and Family Service Manager of numerous funeral homes in the greater Houston area for seven years.
Tim received a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in theology and minor in psychology from Texas Lutheran University in 2006. Tim then served as Director of Youth and Family Ministry for eight years for a congregation in Houston. After meeting his wife, Valerie, Tim and she volunteered in Southeast Asia for ten months before returning back to Houston and then beginning a career in the funeral industry.
Tim and his wife, Valerie have two daughters, Willa and Elle. Tim and his family enjoy all the outdoors have to offer, such has camping, hiking, skiing, and anything involving activities around the water. Tim and his family have two energetic rescue dogs along with two playful cats. This is his family’s first time to reside in the great Pacific Northwest and look forward to becoming part of this welcoming community.
One of Tim’s passions is serving families in times of need, whether it be after losing a loved one, or in assisting them to discover the benefits of planning ahead in order to help protect their loved ones.
Tim knows that no single approach is the right one for everyone and has been trained in a range of options to include each individual’s desires, traditions, and beliefs.
He has had the pleasure to help families plan meaningful tributes for themselves and their loved ones, including custom memorial services, traditional funeral services, discovering a peaceful final resting place in a cemetery, and everything in between. Tim prides himself on serving each family as if they were his own, with great attention to detail and care.
Alyssa has been a part of the Mountain View family for the last four years and has a long history of working with large groups and interacting with different people. She leads a team of 14 amazing professionals who are top-notch in their field. Learning something new daily is a passion of hers. Alyssa finds the local history of Mountain View Memorial Park inspiring!
Mr. Hobbs The Dog
Mountain View Therapy Canine
We are so lucky to have Hobbs working part time for us. After a successful career as a guide dog for the blind, Hobbs wasn't quite ready for full retirement and transitioned into a therapy dog. He loves up on our staff as well as families we serve. He's even know to say hello and get some belly rubs at some of our community events.
Geoff Piper is an experienced grief group facilitator, counselor and teacher. His experience includes 40 years supporting bereaved people in a variety of settings. He has been a pastor, a Hospice bereavement counselor, funeral home Bereavement Director and Consultant, and private practice grief counselor. Geoff has taught classes and seminars on grief for college, community and church groups.
As our Grief Consultant, Geoff facilitates Mountain View’s bereavement support program. He leads support groups, classes and special events; is the contact person for information about grief support here and throughout the community; and provides individual grief consultations to help people identify and connect with resources to help them through their bereavement.
Geoff is a member of Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is a Certified Grief Recovery® Specialist with the Grief Recovery® Institute.
We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.
What Families Are Saying
Taylor Hamon was great. She covered the bases. Great decorum.Jerome S Martin 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thanks Neil and Katrina for making my mothers final service days beautiful. It was beyond what I expected. thank you both for being patience and was always available for our needs and questions. you both and your assisting team made our mothers day beautiful and i am extremely impressed. Thank You again.J & T Hunt 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I want to thank the entire staff of Mountain View Funeral Home for their sympathetic smiles and understanding of the thousands of questions being asked. Everyone was great. Richard and Daniel were amazing, we appreciate all of your help and for being available and good listeners. Thank you for making a hard time a little more bearable.Vernonda Williams 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Bob, After all this time - I finally came up for AIR! Much gratitude for all of your wisdom and hard work - it was truly and adventure I will never forget. I could not have walked through it without such a kind, patient, and multi-tasking director - Like you! Forever Grateful, T.B.T.B. 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thank you to all who helped with the service for N.A. The funeral was beautiful & your caring attitude was very much appreciated.The Family Of N.A. 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cheryl, Wow! I am speechless - this is truly amazing! Thanks so much to you and all three teams - every team is a winner in our eyes. We are so grateful for this huge donation and for your support.Puget Sound Pet Food Bank 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
News & Events
News May 30, 2022
There is no greater sacrifice than those who gave their lives to protect us. We honor all veterans who died protecting our country -- and those they left behind. We are proud to provide all...
Event May 28, 2022
Volunteer Flag Placement
Please help us honor the veterans who fought and served our great country. Flag Placement Begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday May 28, 2022 at the Celebration of Life Center at Mountain View Memorial Park. 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood, WA 98499 More information call: 253-584-0252 In appreciation breakfast will be provided.
Event May 30, 2022
Memorial Day Service
Memorial Day Service Monday May 30, 2022 2:00 PM Mountain View Memorial Park and the Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council cordially invites you toJoin them on Monday May 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM as they pay honor and tribute to all the men and women who died serving our country. We are pleased to be able to offer our service in person (open to guests). Memorial Day Service Highlights Include: Keynote Speaker JBLM Quintet Special Reenactment by the Buffalo Soldiers Mounted Cavalry Wreath Laying Ceremony Presentation of Colors Mountain View will be open all weekend long for visitors. Staff will be available to help you locate gravesites. Complimentary Hot Dogs will be served by Hot Rod Dogs of Lakewood. Click to WATCH a tribute to our American heroes. If you would like to Volunteer to Place Flags in our 160 acre Memorial Park - will be gathering for breakfast and kick-off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28th at Mountain View.
News Apr. 14, 2021
FEMA Offers to Help Families Cover Funeral Costs
Up to $9,000 in aid may be available for those who suffered the loss of a loved one from COVID-19.
News Feb. 03, 2021
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These times have shown us that life does not come with a guarantee. Get started with your free planning guide.
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