Members: Funeral and Cemetery Board

Interested in serving on the Funeral and Cemetery Board?

We’re currently accepting applications for 2 board positions. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Washington resident, and
  • Have been continuously engaged as a funeral director or embalmer for the last 5 years.

If you’re interested in applying for a board position, visit the Governor’s website at http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards.


What does the board do?

  • License funeral directors, embalmers, and cemetery operators within the state.
  • Investigate violations of state regulations related to the funeral and cemetery industry.
  • Recommend rules and regulations for administering licensing and regulatory laws.

Who’s on the board?

There are 7 members, whom are all Washington residents:

  • 3 licensed funeral directors or embalmers who have been continuously engaged as funeral directors or embalmers for the last 5 years.
  • 3 members who have actively administered a cemetery authority or been a member of the board of directors of a cemetery authority for the last 5 years.
  • 1 member of the general public who hasn’t worked in or received financial benefit from the funeral and cemetery industry.

How much of a time commitment is serving on the board?

Board members may serve up to two 4-year terms. They meet about 4 times a year, including meetings at colleges with funeral director and/or embalmer degree programs. Members may also choose to attend outreach events or conferences. Travel expenses are reimbursable and members are eligible to receive up to $50/day when conducting board business.

For more information

Current board members

  • Gary L. Clark, Chair
    Normandy Park, WA
    Term expires: July 1, 2014
  • Ronald R. Messenger, Vice Chair
    University Place, WA 98466
    Term expires: July 1, 2015
  • Hank G. Kerns, Member
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    Term expires: July 1, 2014
  • Charles Chaplin, Public Member
    Edmonds, WA 98020
    Term expires: July 1, 2014
  • Jim Letson, Member
    Edmonds, WA 98020
    Term expires: July 1, 2015
  • Lydia M. Webb, Member
    Yakima, WA 98901
    Term expires: July 1, 2016
  • Jeffrey Wilson, Member
    East Wenatchee, WA 98802
    Term expires: July 1, 2016

Contact information

To contact board members, please email funerals@dol.wa.gov.

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