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.



Jeffrey Cruz
Location Leader

Jeffrey was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He began his career in Funeral Service 33 yrs ago. In that time he has served many families and communities in Colorado, California and Arizona. As the Manager of the Adair Funeral homes he is dedicated to serving the vast communities of Tucson and the surrounding areas. Jeffrey is involved In many activities and is involved with the Jewish communities of Tucson. Jeffrey and his wife Roni enjoy Cooking, traveling and Arizona sightseeing.



Taylor Adair
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.



Tyler Parker
Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director



Kevin Burch
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and Cremationist

Kevin is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist in the State of Arizona.  He also holds a Funeral Director and Embalmers license in the state of Massachusetts. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and was raised in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Kevin graduated in 1981 from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Mortuary Science.  In December of 2002, he made a change from the cold climate, moved to Tucson, AZ, and has been proudly serving Tucson families since his arrival.

Outside of work, Kevin enjoys time outdoors in his yard, cooking and spending time with his family.



Sally Solano
Funeral Arranger

Born and raised in Tucson, AZ. Has been in the funeral industry for 2 years as a funeral arranger. Sally has a sincere desire to serve families and bring comfort to those in need. She's been a cosmetologist for 10 years and will continue to use her skills once she graduates mortuary school and becomes a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.



Karen Thompson
Dodge Market Lead Admin

“I like to put people at ease” says Karen about her long career at in the funeral industry.  While Karen was visiting with family many years ago, a funeral pre-arrangement counselor came to the home. She immediately felt that she would enjoy assisting folks plan for their final wishes and supporting them during a difficult time in their lives. For more than 25 years, Karen has been the kind voice answering the phone, and the friendly first greeting for visitors to the funeral home. Karen is a Yakima, WA native and graduated from Davis High School. She has recently moved to the Tucson, AZ area where she plans on working until her retirement. Karen is excited to be a part of the Angel Valley Funeral Home team and is looking forward to being involved in the Tucson community. 



Janet Orozco
Funeral Arranger/Administrative Assistant

Janet was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona. Her career in Funeral service started 16 years ago as a counselor in that time she has helped many families. She has worked at Adair Funeral Home for 6 years as an Funeral Arranger / Administrative Assistant. Janet enjoys photography, sightseeing and traveling with her family.



Rina Duckwiler
Receptionist

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.



Steve Main
Service 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.