Jason and Jennifer McDougal, purchased Caldwell Funeral Chapel in 2006. Jason is the active owner and operator.Jennifer has a love of teaching and coaching and is currently teaching math and coaching cross country and track for the Safford Schools. She also plays a large part in the decision at the Chapel. Jason and Jennifer graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg Idaho, now BYU Idaho. Jason is a graduate of Common Wealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, and Jennifer graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Utah State University. We are the proud parents of four active children, who all have helped at the family business. Joshua who is currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Jackson Mississippi Mission. Worked before his mission for several years helping around the facilities. He will return to work, at the Funeral Chapel in June of 2017. He is planning to go to Mortuary Science School. Jason has been in the Funeral Care Industry since 1995, and is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator and brings experience in management, directing, embalming, restoration, and many aspects of the funeral business.. Jennifer brings expertise of office management, and community outreach programs. Jennifer came into the family business after some coaxing but, found a passion and love for it. She has taught for over 20 years. She has been a big support of Jason. We have two grandchildren that we love more than anything. Jason loves to Fly fish, hunt, ride dirt bikes and his Harley. Jennifer loves to run, and bike, and has competed in many triathlons. We all love Arizona, Especially the Gila Valley and Greenlee County. We feel it a great honor to serve in these areas and love the people here.
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Brian was born and raised in a small farming community of Bushnell, IL. He graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City High School then enlisted in the US Army. After an honorable discharge, Brian attended and later graduated from Southern Illinois University College of Mortuary Science in Carbondale, IL. He has been affiliated with Caldwell Chapel since 1993 and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of funeral service.
Brian is married to a Safford native, Lisa Clawson and together have three children; Hayden, Claire and Tate. Brian is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Arizona. He brings years of experience and skill, and has served many of the families in the valley.
Tanner is a Safford native, born to Kevin and Kristi Johnson. He began working at Caldwell's for Jason and Jennifer at the age of 16 and enjoyed every minute. After returning from an LDS church mission in Bogota, Colombia, Tanner attended and graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2016 and is also a licensed cremationist.
Tanner is married to Michelle Weatherhead, also from Safford, and are expecting their first baby in May 2017. Michelle works as a Teller for Chase Bank and also attends school at EAC. They love spending time as a family but also share a mutual love for serving others.
Tanner is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and looks forward to serving the Gila Valley that he loves.
I was raised in Tucson, AZ until my teen years where my family then moved to San Manuel, AZ. I graduated from San Manuel High School in 1976, married my high school sweetheart, Randy Lucas, and raised 3 children while working as an Emergency Medical Technician in the tri-community area. In 1990 we moved to the Safford area settling in Artesia. After the passing of my husband I married Mike Gauthier and joined the Caldwell team in 2007. I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. Family is everything to me.
I know first hand the pain of losing a loved one and strive to help each family that we serve in any way that I can. I've always enjoyed helping others and I'm grateful for the opportunity to do so here at Caldwell Funeral Chapel.
Native American Consultant
Pastor Vernon Poncho, has been the Pastor of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Bylas for the past 13 years and has been a pastor for over 38 years. Poncho has served in the Funeral Care Service for over 9 years and has a great love for his Native American people. He serves as a consultant for all their funeral needs.
Poncho is married to Geraldine Moses. They have one child and one grandchild, and they live in Bylas.