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Berg Mortuary in 1870

Berg Mortuary is proud to announce 150 years of funeral service. 

Beginning in the year 1870, with no more than 32 feet of property along Center Street in Provo, Utah, Ole berg and his son Wyman established the first mortuary building in the area. It was appropriately named O.H Berg and Son Undertaking. 

After the death of his father, Wyman continued to add on to the mortuary as the business grew. In 1935, what was now called Berg Mortuary, became a charter member of the National Selected Morticians. 

Business continued to flourish and eventually, Wyman was forced to move the family and mortuary practice one block east into what used to be Jesse Knight’s mansion.  After appropriate additions and constructional changes, Berg Mortuary was able to accommodate a far greater number of people during services. In due time, Berg Mortuary opened a second location in Orem, Utah. 

Much has changed after four generations of funeral service. The one-seated horse-drawn buggy Ole and Wyman used to pick up the recently deceased has long since been replaced with the modern funeral coach. In 1870, embalming was a fairly new practice. A century and a half later, morticians worldwide have refined and in some ways nearly perfected the process. Despite these changes, 150 years later, Berg mortuary continues to value the families they serve above all else. While we at Berg Mortuary will always revere our rich history and the traditions that have earned us respect in the community, we recognize the importance of change and adaptation. 

We hope to continue to find new and innovative ways to serve our families and look forward to many more years of excellent funeral service. 

Celebrating a Remarkable Career: Todd Jenkins' Retirement Announcement!

After over 30 years of dedicated service, we are delighted to announce the retirement of our esteemed General Manager, Todd Jenkins. Todd's journey with Berg Mortuary began in 1979, where he started as an Apprentice and has since become an integral part of our family.

Throughout his illustrious career, Todd's passion for the funeral profession has touched the lives of families in Utah, California, and South Carolina. In 2000, he returned to Berg Mortuary, serving as our General Manager and leaving an indelible mark on our community.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Todd is a devoted family man. Married to Gayle Yates Jenkins, they share the joy of three children—Caitlin, Jeff, and Douglas. His role as a loving grandfather to Sawyer, Mataiasi (Tasi), and the newest addition, Adeline (Addy), brings him immense joy.

Todd and Gayle's love story began at Berg Mortuary in 1979, a testament to the deep connections forged during his remarkable journey. Outside of work, Todd finds joy in family time, tending to his yard in Springville, sharing garden treasures, pursuing his love for golf (even if he's no Arnold Palmer!), and dedicated church service.

Reflecting on his career, Todd shares, "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. Berg Mortuary is a very fine service establishment. I cannot picture myself working for a finer funeral family."

Join us in expressing gratitude for Todd's outstanding career and wishing him a retirement filled with joy, relaxation, and the cherished moments he holds dear. 

The Utah Funeral Directors Association Awards Rookie Recognition to Mark Thomas Howard of Berg Mortuary

The Utah Funeral Directors Association Awards Rookie Recognition to Mark Thomas Howard of Berg Mortuary

On November 10, 2016 members of the UFDA Board, represented by Justin Ford, Vice President, and Brad Walker, District II Director, were pleased to visit Berg Mortuary to present the Rookie Recognition award to Mark Thomas Howard. Mark was presented a nice plaque and award certificate. He will also be given a free registration to the 2017 Annual Convention along with two free banquet tickets.

Mark was recommended for this award by Todd Jenkins who said, “He is a dedicated young man and is so willing to do what he needs to get the job done. He is great with the families he makes arrangements with and is becoming more and more knowledgeable as to our profession. Lots of positive growth in this young man!”

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 re-turned to Berg Mortuary as a Licensed Funeral Director where he continues his devo-tion 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.

Congratulations to Mark! We look forward to working with and developing friendships with him as we all strive to be the best we can be.