History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Around the turn of the century, Ole H. Berg traded 18 acres of ground on which he raised alfalfa (the present upper campus of BYU) for 32 feet of property at 40 East Center Street. There he and his son, Wyman, built the first mortuary building in the area. It was named 0.H. Berg and Son Undertaking. The building consisted of a partial basement, a small chapel, an office, and a casket display room.
The old "dead wagon", as it was called, was used to go out on first calls when someone would die, or to go to the various hospitals.
Ole and Wyman had a one-seated buggy they would use to go out on a death call. They would take their little satchel, and their cooling boards and go to wherever the death occurred, and proceed to take care of the deceased. In those days it amounted to a matter of placing them on what was called a cooling board, and then they would be packed in ice. The ice had to be packed all around the body in order to hold it long enough for the funeral. In later years the embalming was done in the home where the person died; and still later on, most of the people were brought to the mortuary to be embalmed.
In Ole’s later years, he had more time to devote to his family and friends as his son, Wyman, took over more of the work and managed the business. In 1914 Ole spent six months in Norway visiting and gathering genealogy. He was there when World War I broke out.
In 1918, the 0.H. Berg and Son mortuary was incorporated and Berg Mortuary, Inc. was established. In this building the embalming room was constructed in the downstairs area, a small chapel was erected in the southeast half of the building, and the west one-half of the front of the building was rented to the Western Union Company. The back part of the building was used as storage and a display room for caskets, etc. .
On February 25, 1919, at 79 years of age, Ole passed away, surrounded by his family. The funeral was held in the Utah Stake Tabernacle, which was filled to overflowing. The funeral cortege extended from the Tabernacle to the Provo City Cemetery, a distance of two miles. An attempt was made to delay the funeral long enough so the Mortuary could have its first motorized funeral coach to take him to the cemetery. However, the railroad car that the funeral coach was on was delayed and side tracked. It never did get there on time.
Wyman continued to operate the mortuary in their building on Center Street until 1935, when the facilities became too small and the area too congested. The building was leased as a grocery store, and Wyman was instrumental, through the Knight family, in purchasing the home of the late Jesse Knight at 185 East Center Street. He moved the mortuary to this location. Wyman, Veva, and the family moved into the Knight mansion. In 1935, Berg Mortuary became a charter member of the National Selected Morticians.
This building became too small for the increased size of the operation, and Wyman and his son, Max, started planning for further expansion. They visited many mortuaries throughout the western states. After deciding on the size of an adequate building, they installed an oil heating plant. In 1947 Wyman and Max built an addition to the Knight home increasing the size by 150 percent. The new building was constructed on the north or back of the present building and was 50 feet north and south, and 80 feet east and west, with a full basement. An elevator was installed, and on the lower floor were located the complete embalming/operation rooms, and a casket display room. The chapel, business office, and other facilities were on the main floor. Veva and Wyman continued to live in their apartment on the second floor. This addition made the facility approximately seven times larger, making it possible to accommodate approximately 100 to 800 people during services. Complete living quarters were then constructed on the third floor to accommodate an apprentice who would answer the telephone at night, and perform other services while living on the premises.
This addition was completed in 1948, and on June 27, 1948, at 4 p.m., an Open House was held and the Mortuary was dedicated. Wyman officiated at the dedication ceremonies and paid tribute to his father, who took him in as a partner when he was only 13 years old.
The establishment of the Berg Mortuary of Orem, in 1957, to serve the fast-growing area adjoining Provo, exemplifies the Berg policy of providing adequate and appropriate facilities to meet the needs of the changing times. It has been extensively remodeled with a newly updated chapel with seating for 300 people and an adjacent parking lot.
The Berg Mortuary in Provo and Orem has been serving the families of Utah Valley for over 146 years, spanning four generations of the Berg family.
Our Valued Staff
CARL BERG, Owner
Carl is the fourth generation of the Berg Family to own and operate Berg Mortuaries. He enjoys a rich heritage in funeral service and has devoted his life to serving the families of Utah County. He enjoys the outdoors.
J. TODD JENKINS, General Manager
Todd started as an Apprentice with Berg Mortuary in 1979 and has been in the funeral profession ever since. He has worked in Utah, California and South Carolina. He came back to work for Berg Mortuary in 2000 and currently serves as our General Manager. He is married to Gayle Yates Jenkins and together they have three children; Caitlin, Jeff and Douglas.He has two grandsons, Sawyer Logan Jenkins and Mataiasi Joseph Rigamoto. These two are the apples of his eye! He and Gayle actually met at the mortuary in 1979, shortly after his return from serving the Tennessee Nashville Mission, 1977 - 1979. He enjoys family time, working in his yard in Springville, sharing vegetables from his garden, golf (even though he is no Arnold Palmer!!) and his church service.
"I have loved my career. It has been an honor to serve families at a most personal time in their lives for the past 30 plus years. It is rewarding to have a family come to you with a heavy burden and have them leave having had the burden lightened through the service we render to them. Berg Mortuary is a very fine service establishment. I cannot picture myself working for a finer funeral family. Under the leadership of Carl Berg, the families we serve receive premium service second to none while offering this service at a most reasonable cost."
DONITA BOULTER, Provo Office Manager
I was born in Ogden and grew up in Huntsville, Utah. My husband John and I have enjoyed living in Salem, Utah for the past 30 years. We have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. I enjoy my family, reading, and home and yard improvements.
I have worked many years in the administrative assistant, secretarial and customer service fields. Berg has been my home since June of 2007. My goal is to render sincere compassion and respect to families while striving to provide a memorable tribute to their loved one.
KATHY ALGER, Accounting
RANDY MILLER, Funeral Director
Randy is a tall happy red head. He started with Berg Mortuary in 2007 as an apprentice under J. Todd Jenkins his beloved mentor. Randy Graduated from St. Petersburg College in Florida with his Mortuary Science Degree.
Randy lives in Lehi with his wonderful wife Diann, son Devin daughter Breann and son Bode. He loves spending time with his family and tinkering in his garage with anything that has a motor along with his wood projects. He is an avid motorcycle rider and enjoys riding all kinds of terrain and seeing new places.
MARK HOWARD, Funeral Director
Mark is a native of Utah having been born and raised in Kearns, Utah. He spent much of his youth playing all types of sports and anything that kept him active, specifically basketball and football along with mountain biking, fishing and anything to do with being outdoors. He graduated from Kearns High School in 2003, and then served an LDS mission in the Philippines San Pablo mission. Upon returning home he attended Salt Lake Community College and during that time met his future wife, Leann Sorensen. They were married in February of 2007 and a year later moved to Lehi to live with and take care of his grandfather. This experience eventually lead to Mark’s desire to pursue a career in the funeral industry.
After attending the University of Utah Mark returned to Salt Lake Community College and received his Associate's degree in Mortuary Science graduating in 2014. While attending school he was fortunate to complete his apprenticeship through Berg Mortuary and Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home and Cremation Center. After graduation he returned to Berg Mortuary as a Licensed Funeral Director where he continues his devotion to serving families and the community. Mark currently lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife Leann and their three children. He continues his passion for sports and the outdoors going camping and fishing with his family as often as he can.
BRADY FOX, Funeral Director
MARK D SMITH, Funeral Director - Part Time
Mark has been with Berg serving the community since 2007 and loves providing quality service and offering compassion to the families he serves. Mark Earned his degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado.
Mark was raised in Provo and lives in Spanish Fork with his wife and 6 children.