Who We Are
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a service or celebration that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Established in 2009, we are locally owned and are a full service mortuary offering traditional services, cremation, monuments and advanced planning.
Our Valued Staff
Mark A. Vining, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Mark is a first generation funeral director and owner of Vining Funeral Home – a full-service funeral home that believes and strives that they truly “We'll Take Care of Everything.” Mark's vision is to offer high quality funeral services and funeral merchandise that honors the individual’s unique life, meets the family’s needs, comforts the grieving, and brings together people in the community, yet remains affordable and accessible to everyone.
Mark was born in Marion, Indiana and raised in the rural, farming community of Sweetser. He learned the value of hard work as a young man, obtaining work at the local meat market as a clean-up boy at the age of 13. Following his graduation from Oak Hill High School, Mark enlisted and honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.
Mark attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in December of 1997 with honors. He has made the Gila Valley his home since 1998 and has been active in the community serving on the Graham County Chamber Board of Directors, Town of Thatcher Planning and Zoning Commision, Graham County Relay for Life Committee, and is currently serving as a member of the Town of Thatcher Board of Adjustments and Appeals. He is active in his church community and has served in various capacities.
Mark resides in Thatcher with his wife, Ruth (Whipple) and their son, Michael and daughter, Alley.
Ruth Vining, Owner
Jonathon Stailey, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jonathon was born in Silver City, New Mexico, and lived in Gila, New Mexico. He attended grade school in Cliff, New Mexico, up until the 5th grade. His family relocated to Silver City and Jonathon attended school, starting with the 6th grade, at La Plata Middle School. Jonathon would then graduate from the Silver High School in 1995.
Jonathon’s next venture was to serve a two year mission, in the Ohio Cleveland Mission, for the LDS Church from 1996 until 1998. Upon returning home, Jonathon would then move to Thatcher, Arizona, in the summer of 1998. Jonathon’s sister allowed him to live at her home while he attended EAC. Jonathon went to school part-time and secured employment with the Arizona State Credit Union. It was while working at the Credit Union that he would be introduced to his sweetheart, Jodi Bingham. Somehow she said yes when he asked her to marry him. They were married in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple on June 12, 1999.
Jonathon and Jodi have made their home in Safford ever since. In December of 2000 they were blessed with their first son, Jayden. Then in June of 2003 they were blessed with their second son, Bryant. In June of 2007 they were blessed with their third son, Cayson.
After 14 years in the banking industry, it was time for Jonathon to take a different path in life. He secured employment at the Vining Funeral Home in the fall of 2010. He would attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas, graduating in 2013 with honors. Jonathon was able to serve many families in the Gila Valley while at the Credit Union and continues to do so at the Vining Funeral Home.