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A funeral home is unique in that it’s the onebrplace no one wants to visit, but everyone knows they will, eventually.

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Working at one means that every day you face whatbrno one really wants to face: mortality. Yet, funeral home directors find solacebrin the service they provide. Such is the case for Steve Schultz, director of Spring Creek Mortuary, which recentlybropened in Springville.

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“I know I am doing something for someone thatbrthey can’t possibly do for themselves,” he said, sitting in a conference roombrin the new funeral home on Springville’s Main Street.

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That connection to those facing emotionalbrupheaval is what convinced the Springville native to leave retirement lifebrbehind and take on the role of funeral director. It came after a friendbrintroduced him to Nanette Tanner, owner of Spring Creek Mortuary. After a fewbrconversations, they realized their approach to managing a funeral home werebraligned. Compassion. Empathy. Patience. Love.

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Being a funeral home director wasn’t Schultz’brfirst career, it was his second. A lifelong resident of Springville, Shultzbrretired after a 30-year career as a manager for the state of Utah and foundbrthat he wasn’t quite ready for the retirement life. He had family who worked inbrfuneral homes and decided to take on another career, so returned to college andbrgraduated from the Worsham College of MortuarybrScience in Chicago Ill., in 2011. After several years working as a funeral homebrdirector, he decided perhaps now he was ready to retire.

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Then he met Tanner.

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Tanner, and herbrhusband, Mark, and their children moved to Springville five years ago from thebrsmall town of Orangeville to help care for ailing family. A business owner withbr10 children and 10 grandchildren, she juggles being a wife, mother andbrgrandmother with an easy smile.

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“I have worked in thebrfuneral service field since 1998, when I began my mortuary science education. Ibrwas initially tutored by a second-generation funeral director and exposed tobrthe great feeling of compassion and care that is needed by those families webrserve,” Tanner said.

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Tanner establishedbrthe Heritage Funeral Home in Huntington in 2009 and purchased Fausett Mortuarybrin Castle Dale and Price in 2015. After moving to Springville, she was affordedbrthe opportunity to purchase Legacy Funerals and Cremations in Spanish Fork inbr2018, and after studying the ever-growing population of Springville, realizedbrthe city was in need of a second funeral home.

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Spring CreekbrMortuary, located at 737 North Main in Springville, was almost a year inbrconstruction and is a mirror image of the one the Tanner’s constructed inbrHuntington. Tanner said when trying to decide on what she wanted, she realizedbrshe already had, so she used the same blueprints for the new funeral home.

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With the funeral home complete and open forbrservice, Tanner and Schultz have decided to hold an open house for the public.brThe open house will be held a Jan. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone isbrinvited to visit the funeral home and learn more about the services that can bebrprovided.

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Schultz said there are many plans that can be putbrin place now to prepare for the inevitable, and during the open house Schultzbrand Tanner and their staff of five will be happy to explain what they are.

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“Too often people don’t think about it until theybrhave to think about it, and there’s an easier way,” Schultz said. (Davisbris editor of Serve Daily.)

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 Spring Creel Mortuary Open House

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 Spring Creek Mortuary,br737 North, Main Street in Springville, will hold an open house Jan. 10-11 frombr9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for the community to learn about the new facility andbrpre-need plans that are available. A highlight of information that will bebravailable includes:

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Pre-NeedbrInsurance

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An insurance policybrthat secures future funeral expenses you select at today’s prices. While thosebrservices you select may increase over time, the policy ensures that you paybrnothing more for those guaranteed services you selected, even years down thebrline.

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All funeral homes fallbrunder this Federal Trade Commission umbrella, and most, if not all funeralbrhomes including Spring Creek Mortuary will accept a competitor’s pre-needbrpolicy. The policy belongs to the consumer, and you are free to select orbrdeselect the mortuary you initiated the policy with.

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Cremations

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Cremations are abrgrowing and accepted option for consumers. Many religious organizations havebrsoftened their stance on the practice as more and more people are looking tobrnot only save money, but looking for an ecological alternative to abrfull-service burial

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GreenbrBurial

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For those concernedbrabout not leaving an environmental footprint, a green burial may be a goodbroption. Typically, a few cemeteries in Utah have a section dedicated to greenbrburials where a grave is often dug by hand, the body is not embalmed, thenbrplaced in a biodegradable container(wood, wicker, reeds, linens, etc), no outerbrburial container, grave refilled, then the body returned back to nature.

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