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Miller - Jones Mortuary Directors & Staff
Once you request the services of Miller - Jones, we will immediately put our experienced funeral directors / funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
I was born in Hemet, California in 1974. Soccer, the Ramona Pageant, and Boy Scouts played major roles in my life during my younger years. I lettered in high school soccer, learned to love the Hemet community spirit through the Ramona Pageant, Valley Wide parks & recs. and earned an Eagle Scout with 3 Palms. These activities are still passions that I support.
After graduating from Hemet High school, I attended college graduating from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1996. For the next year, I participated in a training program working at many privately owned funeral homes throughout the United States and Mexico. This experience taught me the diversity of service provided in the funeral profession. Through these teachings and experiences I now have my Embalmers, Funeral Director, Cemetery Manager, Crematory Manager, Limited Life Insurance licenses.
Returning to the valley, my family opened a third mortuary to serve the Perris area. Managing this new facility and purchasing my home in the Perris, I began actively supporting local organizations while growing our new business. Joining the Perris Chamber of Commerce, I participated in various committee and Board of Directors positions including president. After expanding our business to include a facility in Moreno Valley, I joined the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce and have enjoyed participating in a variety of activities with the organization.
Along with my brother Hamilton, we have assumed the leadership of our family owned and operated business, Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory / Menifee Valley Memorial Park, which was founded by our parents. We have six locations serving Southwest Riverside County. Along with our professional staff, we provide meaningful, appropriate and affordable funeral services to the families we have the privilege to serve. I am fortunate to enjoy the support of my lovely wife Julia and children Joscelin, Jeren, and Judsen. My family lives and works in the community and is dedicated to making this valley strong and successful.
|Kimberly Jones, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer|
Kimberly Jones is manager of the Miller-Jones Memorial Care Center, a state of the art care facility, where she supervises more than 15 employees. She is a licensed Funeral Director, embalmer and certified crematory operator. As a part of Miller-Jones' community outreach, Kimberly is very active with her involvement in the Soroptimist International Club of Hemet-San Jacinto, where she is an officer.A native of San Jacinto; Kimberly is the middle child with 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers. On her off days she enjoys spending time with family, riding dirt bikes and just relaxing at home.
|Joseph Smolinski, Licensed Funeral Director|
Joseph Smolinski is a licensed Funeral Director, and the manager of Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City has been in the funeral professional since 1994. An active participant in his community, he has been a member and officer of several organizations committed to improving community life including the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Menifee Valley/Sun City, Menifee Valley Community Cupboard, and the Menifee Valley Medical Center Foundation. He is a member of St. Martha's Catholic Parish in Murrieta and the Knights of Columbus. Joe comes from a large family, having 5 brothers and 3 sisters. He is a native of Orange County, where he attended Cypress High School and Cypress College. Joe has lived in the Menifee Lakes area with his son, Kyle, since 1993.
|Curt Welshon, Licensed Funeral Director|
Curt Welshon joined Miller-Jones Mortuary and Crematory in 2010 as a Licensed Funeral Director. He married his wife, Barb, in 1987 and moved to Hemet the following year. They have raised two children and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys taking walks in Simpson Park, working around the house, and being involved with his grandchildren. For twenty-five years, he worked for the retail banking industry, receiving various production awards.
The best way to aid families is by helping them make informed decisions and to assure that they are aware of the many options Miller-Jones Mortuary has to offer them. It all starts by listening to the family members and understanding what is important to them. Effective listening is the key to developing personalized services and a positive and meaningful experience.
When asked what inspires him, Curt said, “Having the opportunity to assist families during a difficult time and helping soothe the transition by inspiring the making of new memories for the future.”
Olga is a resident of our Hemet Valley for over 30 years and graduated from Hemet High School in 1992. She and her family are members of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and also attend St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Olga has been an important part of the Miller-Jones family since July of 1998. Over the last 17 years she has served in many different capacities from receptionist to funeral arranger. She has worked both in our San Jacinto office and most currently in our Hemet office. Olga brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our firm. Aside from providing excellent customer service to all, she also speaks Spanish which is a valued asset to those we serve.
She has three children; Eddie, Jesus Jr., and Jackie. In her spare time Olga enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family.
Josefina serves as a funeral arranger and has been with Miller-Jones Mortuary since February of 2004. A native of Mexico, she has lived in the Valley since 1977, and is a graduate from Hemet High School. She attended Mt. San Jacinto Community College where she obtained credentials in child development and worked in the nursing profession as well. Josefina and her husband of 20 years, Luis, have two children, Moises and Paloma.
Josefina is an active parishioner at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, past president of Hemet Elementary school site council, and a volunteer with C.A.S.A. In her spare time Josefina enjoys cooking, reading, and family outings. Josefina’s ability to speak both Spanish and English helps her serve families in an appropriate and professional manner in their time of need, which is of primary importance to Josefina.
|Mark VanCamp, Funeral Arranger|
Mark Van Camp first joined Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory in 2001 as a Service Director; assisting families on the day of their funeral services. Today, he serves families as a funeral and cemetery counselor at Miller-Jones - Perris and Moreno Valley facilities.
Mark has two sons, and a Chihuahua. Mark says, "My extended family, of course, also includes all of the wonderful people I have had the privilege of working with. Many of the friendships I have made, I am sure will last a lifetime".
Born in Tiffin, Ohio, Mark's family moved to California when he was eight years old. A graduate of Santiago High School in Garden Grove, he moved to Perris in 1990, and he has been a Sun City resident since 2004.
|Robin Christopherson, Licensed Funeral Director|
Robin Christopherson has been a licensed Funeral Director for more than 24 years. He joined the Miller-Jones family in June 2004, and serves our families in Hemet. Robin says, "Working in funeral service is a noble profession dedicated to service to others. With clergy and others, funeral directors help families during one of life's most difficult trials. No money can buy the personal satisfaction one feels when a family returns to express their thanks for your caring attention to their needs. At Miller-Jones, I have the privilege of working with the "A-team" where Caring and Quality are Number One."
Robin and Donna, his wife, moved to the Inland Empire in July 2003. He shared these feelings about their move, "We love our new home and the friends that we are making. There have been many adjustments, but family and church are constants we can hold onto. It helps that Donna and I are best friends and equal partners. When making the decision to move we knew it wouldn't matter where we lived, if we were together."
Robin received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the California State University in Long Beach; and his graduate studies for a Masters Degree in Education.
|Lisa Hinerman, Funeral Arranger |
Lisa Hinerman joined Miller-Jones Mortuary and Crematory in 2012 after relocating from Idaho. She joined as an Administrative Assistant at our Perris location and now serves our families as a Funeral Arranger at our Perris and Moreno Valley locations. She finds tremendous satisfaction in helping families during their time of need. Her career mission is to ensure that the families she serves are cared for with the utmost dignity and respect.
Born and raised in Deming, New Mexico, Lisa learned early in life the true meaning of hard work and family values. Lisa comes from a family who is involved in the funeral industry. She worked along side her uncle since the age of 16 at the family owned funeral homes in southern New Mexico.
Lisa enjoys spending her spare time trail running, biking, kayaking and camping in the great outdoors.