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Jared and Staff at Colonial:

I am Carol Engel’s brother. I am also a retired florist. Over my 30+ years as a florist I’ve had the opportunity to work with about all of the funeral homes and funeral directors in the Upper Snake River Valley (Idaho Falls north) and for a short time also in the Burley/Rupert area.

During those years I have never seen a funeral home staff exhibit the level of care and concern to a family or attention to details that I witnessed yesterday by Colonial Funeral Home during the services for Bob Engel. Your service went far above and beyond fantastic. I am totally “blown away” impressed! Thank you so much.

Again, thank you.

Kindest regards,

Rob Allen

Terreton, ID


Perhaps you would like to know that my family and I could not have been more pleased at the funeral you arranged for Bobbi.

To begin with the personal touch we felt when we first came in contact with you was reassuring and comforting. Like most people we were really babes in the woods. Quickly, we were at ease.

We had in mind to keep the costs reasonable but respectable. The choices you gave us for the casket and other features were extremely satisfactory.

Jared, everything was great. The programs were beautiful. The casket was beautiful. The sign-in details and the book were beautiful. The care and attention to Bobbi was beautiful.

We have said that there was nothing that could have been done that would have made it better.

From my entire family and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.



Dear Sirs:

I’ve just returned from Idaho and the farewell services for my youngest brother, Ray Norton. Please know how impressed I was with the quality of service I recognized and appreciated from all of you. I’ll especially remember and always revere the tender attention I was given at my brother’s graveside.

As a resident of a “warmer place” called St. George, Utah, the cold I felt last Tuesday was most piercing. But someone I didn’t see, was suddenly standing behind me, drawing my shivering old body close enough against his and holding my ice cold hand to help take away the penetrating cold of a winter day in Idaho. He ignored my sobbing with respect as I silently watched the military honor my baby brother had earned.

I tried to learn who it was who had been so very kind, and was told it was one of the funeral directors, who after the military people had been dismissed, gently guided me toward the canopy, then left me with my family. He left before I could see who it was and could thank him from such tender attention for a 91 year old woman.

So whoever you are, please know how your kindness has endeared you to someone you may never know! But I am the oldest of 8 children of Ray’s and my parent’s family, “little brother Ray” 10 years my junior. I loved him dearly and will miss him every day I live.

Again, I thank you for helping make the last goodbye to a loved one as pleasantly bearable as such as time as this could be. The beautiful programs, the incredible heavenly expression on my brother’s countenance as he lay “sleeping”, the professional way everything was handled throughout the entire services, brought a peace that healed a grieving sister. Again I thank you with all my grateful heart.

Nina Wadsworth

Words cannot even begin to express our deep gratitude and appreciation to Jared and the rest of Colonial Funeral Home. Jared was kind, compassionate, very tender and respectful in the way he prepared mother for her final resting place. He understood the pain and sorrow we were experiencing and did everything in his ability to make this a time we could celebrate the life of our mother and not be a burden to worry about her funeral. Jared went above and beyond the call of duty to serve the Dunn Family. W e will be eternally grateful. The Beth Dunn Family

To the Colonial Funeral Home Staff I wanted to thank you all and express the gratitude from our entire family for assisting us at the time of our father, Lewis L Probart�s death. Your staff treated Dad with dignity and respect and we were relieved knowing he was in your gentle hands. It was such a difficult time for us, but you gently guided us thru the process and because you knew Dad personally you were able to quietly remind us that laughter of good memories is part of grieving and he loved to laugh. Jared Clinger graciously agreed to conduct Dad’s farewell service and we so appreciated the assistance and his professional but friendly approach. We also want to thank you for helping to arrange and orchestrate the Military Honors that the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard bestowed on our father. He would have been so proud to be honored as one of America’s heroes. On the day of Dad’s farewell service, which was held in Colonial’s beautiful chapel, we felt the entire staff’s watchful eye and were comforted to know that you were there to lend a hand or moral support, when needed. We felt that we were in the presence of friends. You treated our father, our family and friends with quiet professionalism and because of your experience and gracious guidance, we were able to wish our Dad; “Farewell, we will love you forever.” We thank you. Debra and Rick Cheatum Judy and Leroy Long Susan Probart Bonnie Probart

We would like to thank Colonial Funeral Home for the compassion and kindness they showed our family through a time of deep sorrow. From the very first moment of contact they treated Mom and our family with the utmost dignity and caring. Every detail was handled above and beyond our spectations. Their genuine concerns for our family was unparalleled. Thank you Colonial. The family of Betty Annen

I learned first hand about the compassionate and caring service offered at Colonial Funeral Home nearly seven years ago when my husband passed away. The genuine desire of all staff members to help me was so evident. Actions that were taken to ease my burden during that sad time of trial touched my heart. I will always be grateful for the care provided, the attention to every detail that was given, and the knowledge that they were willing to give so much of themselves to assist my family and me.

In December, 2009, I again had a need for assistance from Colonial Funeral Home. A dear friend passed away, and the legal responsibility of carrying out her final wishes became mine. My friend had purchased a pre-burial plan from Colonial Funeral Home. The kind, caring, thoughtful, and compassionate service provided by Jared Clinger and his staff at this time was absolutely magnificent. Services provided were far above and beyond the requirements of the pre-burial plan, and Jared’s knowledge and experience in helping me to carry out my responsibilities were invaluable. How blessed I have been because of the dedication and outstanding service provided by the Colonial Funeral Home staff. Thank you!!

Rita Shail

Gary and I want to thank you for your excellent help with preparation for Dad Parry’s funeral. You are all very caring professionals and must find a great deal of fulfillment in helping families deal with the sadness of a funeral.

Sincerely Kathy and Family.

Thank you so much for all you did to help us with our dad’s funeral. We felt like everything turned out just right. We appreciate your care, concern, and love in helping a difficult situation seem more bearable. Thanks again. Ed and Sue Axford

We want to thank you all for making our mother’s services so beautiful. You thought of everything, and made it a lot easier for our family to get through this difficult time in our lives. We really appreciate everything you have done (and continue to do!) to help us. Valerie Olsen & John Adams

Jared and Michelle,

I just wanted to express my appreciation for the kindness shown to the family of Brent Small.  Also Jared your caring concern expressed to Brent's wife during her time helping to dress him.  Michelle a special thank you to you for helping at the funeral services, the combination of your services and ours together made everything just right.

From our funeral home to yours Thank You, and if we can be of service to you in the future please call.

Rob Larkin
Vice President
Larkin Mortuaries
Salt Lake City, Utah

Submitted by: Rob Larkin

We can't even begin to adequately express our appreciation to Jared and Michelle Clinger and all of their wonderful, dedicated staff for the professional and compassionate manner in which they guided us through the confusing array of details, decisions, and deadlines which are so unavoidably necessary at a time when it was difficult to think at all.  We felt as though they were family helping family and are grateful from the bottom of our hearts.  Their care and concern for us and our comfort, and their calm patience to make sure that we never felt rushed in any way, went above and beyond all expectations.  The programs and video they produced for us were exquisitely beautiful.  They touched us deeply, and left us with priceless mementos.  In addition, their calm and efficient handling of the viewing and services were, once again, flawless and deeply appreciated.  Thank you to all of the Colonial Funeral Home staff for being a bright light to us in our time of sorrow.

Submitted by: The Family of Daniel Dale Davis

Jared, I don't know how my family can express how wonderful you and your Staff treated us. You and your staff knows how to treat someone that has lost a loved one so dear to them. My family said it was just the way their Grandma would want it. Everything was beautiful and done just the way My Mother Would Want It.                                                                                                                                                         Thank You!
                                 Kent& Cheri Rowe My own family & Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

Submitted by: Cheri K Rowe

Jared Clinger and the Staff of Colonial Funeral Home:

Words do not exist to express the level of appreciation and respect that we have for the staff at Colonial Funeral Home.  Jared Clinger is literally a hero to my family. When we needed someone most to help us through such a difficult time Jared was there in each and every step of the process and treated us like we were part of his own family. We brainstormed together and were able to collaborate and pull off the absolute perfect service together. Jared asked if there was anything we could do special for Mom to which we jokingly answered "Bagpipes".  Much to our disbelief Jared had this capability and sure enough there were actual Scottish Bagpipes played by the amazing David Clark as a tribute to the heritage of our Mother and it was pure amazing. Jared is a very warm and caring person, he and his wife Michelle are the perfect complement to each other in regards to making everyone feel so welcome and she is the nicest and sweetest person ever. Brad and JoEllen were also at our complete disposal in every single aspect of the planning and are genuinely two of the absolute nicest people I have ever met. Brian and J.O. provided prompt and extremely caring service when it was time for Dad to be moved and displayed a level of respect that we will forever be grateful for. Last but certainly not least Kathy has a charisma about her that just makes you feel better and we will always remember that. We would strongly and almost adamantly encourage that anyone and everyone that is suffering with the emotional time of the loss of a loved one to please look no further than Colonial Funeral Home to assist you through literally every step of a difficult process. I assure you there are not a finer group of individuals in this business period. They are a group that you'll always be proud to call friends as we are.

Finally I want to one last time say a huge and heartfelt Thank You to everyone you made Dad's funeral "perfect" in the most literal sense of the word.
                                                                                          Sincerest Thanks,
                                                                                                            James Baxter and Family

Submitted by: The Family of Michael Baxter

I cannot say enough kind words to express how grateful we are to Jared and Michelle Clinger and the entire staff of Colonial Funeral home for their loving care of helping us plan, and  provide the service for my Dad, Willard Rowe Jr. Our family was fortunate enough to grow up with, and know the Clinger family in American Falls. When it came time to plan his funeral, my Dad said he wanted Jared to perform his service, because he was" like family". That is exactly how we felt we were treated.  I cannot think of any way that the entire experience could have been improved upon. Every question, every detail was met with kindness and patience. They should feel very proud of the service that they provide. Thank you again. The family of Willard Rowe Jr.

Submitted by: Zeata Rowe

I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the best funeral home staff around, your compassion and concern and the professional way you do your jobs leaves no doubt that were glad we went to Jared's love you all Brad Sparrow,Jared & Michelle Clinger & Staff

Submitted by: Danny Schwab

Dear Jared and Michelle,

You and your staff have taken care of two funerals for my family and each time your kindness and compassion eased our pain and allowed us to attend to our family members, our time together and our memories and experiences of our deceased loved ones.

You and your staff answered every question, made helpful suggestions when we were confused or needed answers, and quietly, kindly guided us through loss and often complex situations. Truly, a safe haven was created for each of us equally.  The smallest details and concerns were addressed elegantly and graciously.


Janet Schubert

Submitted by: Janet Schubert

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