History & Staff
Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
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.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Harold "Hank" Adair
Harold R. "Hank" Adair became active with the funeral home upon the death of his father. Rapidly becoming involved in the management of the funeral homes with his mother and brother, Hank also took over direction of the Avalon Chapel. Also very active in continuing the community service of the Adair Funeral Homes, Hank has been a member or served on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, Tucson Metropolitan Ministries dba TMM Family Services, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Association of Approved Morticians, and the Mesa Community College Mortuary Science Advisory Board. Hank is husband to Debbie Adair and father to Hillary and Taylor.
Licensed Funeral Director
Hillary is a licensed Funeral Director and is both experienced and proficient with helping families plan funeral services and memorial tributes for their loved ones. Hillary graduated in May 2011 from Mesa Community College earning a degree in Mortuary Science with High Distinction. She received her funeral directors license in September 2013 . She is fluent in American Sign Language. She has worked in the funeral industry since 2002. Hillary is Past President for the Arizona Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Association. She is also a proud board member for the AFCCA Foundation for Children. In 2018 Hillary was appointed as the AZ Policy Board Representative for the National Funeral Directors Association; and elected to the Board of Directors for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and Cremationist
Taylor Adair is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and Cremationist for Adair Funeral Homes. Taylor can help with any cremation or burial funeral needs that a family may wish. He was born in Tucson, AZ and grew up in the Funeral Industry. He lived in Colorado for eight years managing ski resorts and moved back home to work with his family. Taylor is involved with the Centurions.
Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director
Arrangement Counselor/Administrative Assistant
Vanessa was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked with a number of non-profit organizations throughout Tucson, and finally began working with the Adair Funeral Homes in 2011. She is currently working towards a degree in Psychology. The most important thing in her life is her son Thomas.
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Originally from Southern California moved to Tucson in 1994. She married the love her life in 1996 and has a blended family with 5 children. She's an active member of the Eastside AG Church where she sings in the Choir and volunteers in the nursery. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for many years and was a Co-Owner of a local business. In 2010 she became part of the Adair staff.
Stephen Main was a pastor for 44 years. He and his wife Gwen have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He has worked at our Funeral Homes on a part-time basis for nearly 10 years. His long experience around families going through death has given his a compassionate heart and excellent skills to help our families in need. Steve assists our families by both conducting services and serving as one of our staff persons. Steve was born and raised in Maine, he has served churches in Canada, Maine, Indiana, Iowa and Arizona.