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A Family Business
The Adair Funeral Homes were founded in 1956 by Arthur J. and Martha J. Adair. At that time Arthur had already been working in the funeral industry in Tucson for 18 years and had received his degree from the California College of Mortuary Science. This first location at 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. in Tucson was considered by most people to be too far out of the city to be able to "make a go" of it. However due to the extremely outgoing and caring personality of Mr. and Mrs. Adair, and their rigid standards of service to every family, the funeral home grew at a rapid rate and currently approximately 1000 families are served every year from this main location.
In November of 1972 the Adair's purchased a historic old Spanish mansion on the Northwest side of Tucson and began renovation of it for their second location. Unfortunately Mr. Adair was never able to see this completed, as he passed away on June 5, 1973 after a long and hard battle with cancer. Martha and her sons and daughters continued on, however, and this second location was opened for business in 1974. This location served the Northwest side of Tucson until 1982, at which time the opening of Tucson's largest mall directly across the street made the location unsuitable for a funeral home and so new property was purchased farther North and a new chapel was built at 8090 N. Northern in Tucson. This chapel opened in January of 1984 and continues to serve Tucson's Northwest side as well as the several communities North of Tucson.
The third location for the Adair's was purchased a year later, this time expanding out of the Tucson area. The Adair's Carroon Mortuary, a chapel that had been owned by the Carroon family since 1918, was purchased in Nogales, Arizona, expanding the Adair family's ability to truly serve all of Southern Arizona and also enhance their ability to assist families with needs in Mexico.
Even with the three chapels operating now, the entire operation is entirely maintained and owned by the Adair family and truly remains a "family owned and operated" business, and continues to strive to maintain the original values and principles of Arthur and Martha Adair.
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