Formerly a registered nurse, Jeannine Williams-Barnard felt a calling to help families that have experienced one of life's most difficult challenges: the death of a loved one. She pursued an education in funeral service at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Southern Idaho. Following graduation and her first position in Boise, ID, Jeannine and her husband, Daniel, decided that the community of Brookings, Oregon was a good place to settle and raise their family. They moved here in 1999 and after the subsequent closing of the two mortuaries serving the community, founded Redwood Memorial.
A Move South
With the area's largest hospital in Crescent City, many families dealing with a loss were having to compound the heavy emotions with interstate bureaucracy. To ease the return of Curry county families' deceased loved ones to Oregon, Jeannine and Dan opened Redwood Memorial Care in Crescent City in 2004.
2011 - A New Chapter
After managing the business for the Barnard's for 2 years, Travis Sandusky, a graduate of the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, and ICCFA Certified Crematory Operator, Administrator and Arranger, purchased the businesses in Brookings and Crescent City from Jeannine and Dan. Travis believes in giving every family personalized and authentic service - helping to create meaningful tributes that assist families on the long road to adjusting to their new life.
In 2012, desiring to provide dignified services to families choosing cremation, Redwood Memorial Crematory underwent an extensive remodel. We invested in new, state-of-the-art, digitally-controlled cremation equipment to insure we would be able to provide complete services to families of Curry and Del Norte Counties for years to come.
In 2018, Bryan Carnahan, owner of Goble's Mortuary in Fortuna, Calif. completed the acquisition of Redwood Memorial Chapel and Crematory. Mr. Carnahan has a long history of providing funeral and cremation services to families throughout California.