Mark is a native Oregonian, attended the University of Oregon, and graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1981. Mark and his wife Diane lived in Florence for three years and together managed Riverside Chapel. Mark is a Mason, a member of Scottish Rite and the Shrine and has served on the board of Oregon Club. He has served as president of Siuslaw Lions Club, Lane Memorial Blood Bank, the Eugene Active 20/30 Club and Lane Leaders Association. He served as president of the Oregon Funeral Directors in 1996-1997, as Oregon's representative to the National Funeral Directors Association's (NFDA) Policy Board, and as chairman of NFDA's Constitution and Bylaws Committee. In 1997 he was the first funeral director in Oregon to be awarded to designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (C.F.S.P.) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. C.F.S.P. is funeral service' s national individual recognition. He was the 1st Oregonian to serve as President of the National funeral Directors Association in 2003-2004 and is serving on the Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation Board.
Diane is a graduate of the University of Oregon. She is a licensed Funeral Service Practitioner in Oregon. She assisted in the management of Riverside Chapel Funeral Home in Florence, OR and was active in many civic organizations. In Eugene, Diane is past president of Soroptmist International of Eugene, OR , active in her church, PTA Board Member, and has served on the City of Eugene's Enterprise Zone Committee. She and Mark have two sons, Matthew and Nicholas.
Jeff was born and raised in Eugene. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Oregon and an Associate of Arts degree from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He is active in his church and is Past –President of the Eugene Active 20/30 Club, The Eugene Downtown Lions Club, the Oregon Club of Eugene-Springfield and the Midtown Business Associates. He serves on the Board of Directors for Lions Visiongift, the Oregon Funeral Directors Association the Funeral Service Agency, and is the Oregon Representative on the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board. Jeff is also a former member of DMORT, a federal organization that assists in the event of a mass fatality. Jeff and his wife, Sharon, have two children.
Sharon earned a Business degree from Lane Community College and worked as an Accountant and Tax Preparer before becoming a full time mother of two. She worked as a Fitness and Weight Loss Coach before joining the Administration Staff of Musgrove Mortuaries and Cemeteries in 2005. Sharon is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. She is active in her church, is a volunteer Teacher in recovery programs at the Eugene Mission and Ashes to Beauty, and supports the work of Precious Life International and Pasha's Hopeful Steps, giving aid to the Maasai people of East Africa. Sharon enjoys spending time with friends and family, travel and being culinary adventurous.
Randy Van Leuven
Randy Van Leuven grew up outside of Redding, CA. He graduated from Chico State University in Chico, CA with a bachelors in Health Sciences and then went on to attend American River College in Sacramento where he graduated from the Mortuary Science Program in 2004.
Randy moved from California to Eugene in 2005 when he started his apprenticeship as a Funeral Director/Embalmer at Poole-Larson Funeral Home. He worked there for almost two years and then made a change into banking for the next two years. He left banking and returned to funeral service where he worked at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield for six years. He joined the staff at Musgrove’s in January of 2015. He is married and has three children. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoys watching his children play soccer, backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting, and many other outdoor activities.
Joseph E. Sharps was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. In the year 2000 he graduated from Mount Hood Community College, with a degree in Funeral Service Education. After graduating from Mt. Hood Community College, Joe received a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon. Prior to working for Musgrove Family Mortuary, Joe taught embalming and other funeral education classes at Mt. Hood Community College. In 2005, Joe became a volunteer diver for the Lane County Search & Rescue Dive Team, and he is an active member of Lane Leaders Association, and the Eugene Dive Club He enjoys scuba diving, hunting, fishing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, camping, and mycology.
Bob McCune, is a Vietnam Veteran who graduated from Corvallis High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Engineering from Oregon State University. Bob lived in Reedsport for nine years while he was employed by International Paper Company and Reedsport School District. From 1985 until 2003 he held the position of Facilities Manager for Marion County in Salem, living first in Dallas then in Sublimity. In 2003 Bob and his wife Anna decided to change careers and become Funeral Directors. After becoming licensed Funeral Directors and taking three years learning the trade in Southern California Bob and Anna returned home to Oregon and recently moved into their new home in Monroe. Bob is a licensed Funeral Service Practitioner, Embalmer and Pre-need Insurance Agent. Bob enjoys camping, fishing and hunting and along with Anna are active in their church and enjoy their four children and spoiling their ten grandchildren.
Dennis is a native Oregonian, getting his start at Sacred Heart in Eugene. Jr. high and high school were in the beautiful central Oregon town of Prineville. Then it was back to Eugene for college at LCC. In 1978, Dennis walked into Chapel of Memories to put in his name as a soloist and was offered a job washing cars, mowing lawn, helping with funerals, greeting family and friends for evening visitations, etc. This was a position where Dennis could help people during a very tough time in their lives. He decided to become a funeral director. Dennis graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980. While at college, Dennis was elected chaplain of the Theta Chapter of the National Mortician’s Fraternity. He returned to Eugene to work as a funeral director and embalmer at Chapel of Memories.
In 1998, Dennis went back to college to pursue teaching as a career. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwest Christian College in 2001 in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 2007 in Mid-Secondary Special Education. After working weekdays in the public school system and every other weekend as a funeral director and embalmer at Musgrove Family Mortuary from 2006 through 2013, it was time to go back into the funeral profession full time.
Dennis had the opportunity to travel Western, Mid-Western and Southern states singing tenor for several different part-time Southern Gospel groups, including: The Sound of Truth Quartet from Comer, Georgia; One in Spirt from Eugene, Oregon, and Cornerstone Gospel Singers from Junction City, Oregon. He currently sings occasionally with the worship team at Willamette Christian Center in Eugene, where he and his wife, Jody, are members. Dennis and Jody have 2 grown children: Alyssa and Derek and 2 grandsons: Seth and Landon.
Born: November 18, 1942 in Santa Maria, CA Wife: Lynn (Between us 7 children, 16 Grandchildren) Born and raised in California. Joined the US Army in 1960 spent 30 yrs Ret, Sergant Major, 1984-1991 University of Oregon ROTC, Senior instructor. Worked for 10yrs for Kendall auto group as a salesman. Joined the Musgrove Family Mortuary in 2006. Enjoys working on his 1964 Ford Falcon, watching western movies, likes reading, gardening and working around the house on different projects.
Kelly Hughes joined the cemetery grounds crew staff at Musgrove Family Mortuary in 2005 at the Lane Memorial Gardens location. Prior to joining Musgroves he worked at Lane Memorial Gardens as grounds crew since 1998. He served in the Navy for 6 years and prides himself in honoring veteran families buried at Lane Memorial Gardens.
Connie LooseConnie Loose is a native Oregonian. She went to Briggs Middle School and Thurston High School. She has one daughter, and four grandchildren. She worked most of her younger years in the restaurant business. In 1989 she moved to Boise, Idaho and lived there for 13 years. She went to real estate school in Boise and became a real estate agent, selling homes while also managing a fine dining restaurant named Edwards Restaurant in the evenings. She eventually moved back to Eugene and started working at Gateway Medical as a Billing Analyst until 2008. In 2008 she joined our team at Musgrove’s as a Family Service Advisor and is currently still with us. She enjoys getaways to the coast, going to musical performances, some crafts, but, mostly enjoys spending time with her family.
Gene Drake grew up in Medford, Oregon and graduated from Medford Senior High School. He began working at a Medford cemetery as a groundsman in 1981. He married his wife Shauna in 1984, they have five children; Elise, Amber, Jessica, Nathan and Stefan and one grandson, Jaden. He began his Funeral Service Practitioner apprenticeship in 1986 and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1989. He graduated from Mt Hood Community College Mortuary Science program in 1990 and became an Embalmer as well. Gene returned to Medford following college and worked and managed the funeral home where he started his career. He moved to Springfield, Oregon in 1999 and took a management position at a local funeral home. He joined the staff at Musgrove’s working as a Funeral Director/Embalmer/ Manager at Springfield Memorial Funeral Home in November of 2005. He is a member of Springfield Rotary and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoys his children’s sporting activities, backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.