Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Cole M. Houghton
Funeral Director/Certified Crematory Operator/Owner/ManagerRead Bio
Cole started working for Tate Mortuary in 1999 at the age of 12. This instilled an interest in funeral service which has grown over the years. Was raised right here in Tooele, a Tooele High graduate and married to Lindsey, a local native. Together they have two children, Mya and Barron. Cole graduated from Arapahoe Community College with his Associates of Mortuary Science, and recently from Utah State University. Cole is a fully licensed Funeral Service Director, and looks forward to continuing his career serving families of Tooele County and beyond.
Earl L. Tate
Funeral Director/Advisor/Past OwnerRead Bio
As the son of Tate Mortuary founder, E.Lavar Tate, Earl was raised in the family business. Earl attended San Fransisco Mortuary College and returned to Tooele to assume responsibility for the Tate Family Businesses, including Tate Mortuary. Earl and his wife Margie are proud parents of 4 children and even prouder Grandparents to 13 beautiful grandchildren. Earl and Margie are honored by the trust that families show to Tate Mortuary as they face one of life’s most difficult moments.
Daniel P. Call
Funeral Director/ Pre-Need Counselor/ Previous ManagerRead Bio
Dan was raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He came to work for Tate Mortuary in the early 1980's. Dan served an LDS mission in Chile, where he met his wife. Later served as a mission president in Chile with his wife iris in 2001. Dan and his wife, Iris, raised 4 children here in Tooele, and now are enjoying being grandparents. Dan is a graduate of San Fransisco Mortuary College. Dan recently retired from full-time duty but is available upon request for services and pre-arrangements.
Shirley N. Oltmanns
Office ManagerRead Bio
Shirley, took over for her mother Shirley, whom was our secretary for more that 35 years. She is the kind voice behind the phone when people call in, and the hub of the mortuary. Shirley is a wife and mother to 3 girls. She adores them all, and is often checking in on them. Her other loves include shopping, and her cool pink sports car. Shirley is very passionate about her job, and enjoys helping people.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Boomer began working for the mortuary after he retired, with a full career as a firefighter/EMT. He absolutely loves to come to work, and always has the biggest smiles and best attitude. Boomer is very proud to be a 4th generation Stocktonite. When Boomer isn't here at the funeral home he is busy tinkering in his garage or spending time with his wife, Melanie and their children, and grandkids.
Licensed Funeral Service Intern
Family Service Counselor