Leon is the Co-Founder of Colonial Funeral Home. Leon Manning enjoyed serving the Pocatello community since the early 1950′s. Leon treasured the relationships he established over the last 55 years in funeral service. He felt a kinship to every family, assisting them through their personal loss. Leon and son-in-law, Jared Clinger, became business partners when they co-founded Colonial Funeral Home in October of 1992. Leon supported and mentored the staff and appreciated the close contacts made after a lifetime of helping people.
Leon and his wife Gwen loved to visit their children and grandchildren.
Leon passed away on June 15th, 2014 and Gwen passed away on October 21, 2014.
Funeral Director/Embalmer and Founder/Owner
Jared is the Co-Founder of Colonial Funeral Home. He attended and graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in funeral service in 1991. In 1992, Jared and Leon fouded the funeral home. Jared thoroughly enjoys the relationship with his father-in-law, mentor, and friend, Leon. “I feel a deep gratitude toward Leon, our staff, and especially our client families for our friendships and for the lessons in life we learn together. I have been blessed to witness first hand the love, compassion, courage, and healing associated with the loss of a loved one.”
Jared grew up on a family farm in American Falls, Idaho. He played basketball for Ricks College and earned an Associates Degree. After returning from a two year mission for his church in Brazil, he married Michelle Manning and soon they became a family with five sons: Austin, Mason, Dane, Cody, and Marshall. Jared, Michelle, and family are active in Century High School sports and their church.
Brad is the Assistant Manager of Colonial Funeral Home and joined the staff in 2007. He has been in the funeral industry since 1987 and graduated from Cypress Community College in California in the field of Mortuary Science. He was recognized as being on the Dean's Honor Roll. He spent 10 years working in the Sacramento, California, area and 4 years in Kallispell, Montana. Brad is excited to be back in Pocatello.
He was born and raised in Preston and Pocatello. He is married to Kathy (Beery) and they have two children, a daughter, Shayla (Nathan) and their 3 children and a son, Preston. He is active in his church and served a two year mission in St. Louis, Missouri and Nauvoo, Illinois. He enjoys all out door activities.
Office Manager/Bookkeeper/Funeral Assistant
JoEllen Hyde is the Office Manager/Bookkeeper and Funeral Assistant for Colonial Funeral Home.
JoEllen was born and raised in Pocatello. She attended area schools, graduating from ISU with a degree in Nursing and Dental Assisting. She has spent a total of 20 years in the dental field and has now joined our Colonial staff. She is married to Richard Hyde, and they have four children in their blended family.
She enjoys photography, crafting, outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She has a love for people and is happy to serve the community by helping families care for their loved ones.
Pre-Arrangement/After Care Specialist
Alyssa Ortiz is our Pre-Arrangement and After Care Specialist at Colonial Funeral Home.
Born in Pocatello, Alyssa has lived here most of her life. She attended Idaho State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2014.
Alyssa joins Colonial with humility and an eagerness to help families in their greatest time of need. She also brings with her a wealth of knowledge in healthcare, elder and hospice care, aging, advocacy, end-of-life care, and loss and grief.
With three beautiful children and an innate ability to relate with and help others, Alyssa places her highest emphasize on integrity, service and empathy in her personal and professional life alike. She is honored to be both a part of the Colonial family and to serve families in our tight-knit community.
Mark Blanscett is a Funeral Assistant for Colonial Funeral Home and has been working with us for several years.
Mark is married to Joyce Blanscett and is the father of 1 son and 4 daughters. Together they have 15 grandchildren. Mark is active in his church and his callings and also served a mission in the Washington Seattle Mission.
Mark enjoys spending time with his family and loves to travel to see all of his grandchildren. Mark serves the families in many countless ways and cares for everyone.
J.O. is a Funeral Assistant for Colonial Funeral Home and has been working with the staff and families we serve for almost 10 years. Prior to coming to our funeral home, J.O. was a building contractor, involved in farming and ranching, and also spent 10 years as the Bannock County Commissioner.
J.O. is married to Kathy Cotant. They have 4 grown boys, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. The Cotants reside in Tyhee.
Kathy is a Funeral Assistant for Colonial Funeral Home and has been working with us for almost 10 years. Prior to coming to the funeral home, she worked at The Pocatello Dental Group for almost 20 years.
Kathy is married to J.O. Cotant and is a mother of 4 boys. They also have 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Kathy has lived in Bannock County most of her life and has enjoyed being active in her church and community. The Cotants live in Tyhee.
Morris Kinghorn is a Funeral Assistant at Colonial Funeral Home. He was born in Rigby, ID and has lived in Pocatello since 1942. He was educated in Pocatello and attended Idaho State College.
Morris worked for 44 years in the credit industry as a collector, loan officer and in administration. He retired in 2000.
He has been married to Glenna Kramer Kinghorn since 1974 and enjoys spending time with her and his three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing.
Glenna Kinghorn is a Funeral Assistant at Colonial Funeral Home. She was born in American Falls, ID and has lived in Pocatello since 1947. She was educated in Pocatello, graduating from Pocatello High School.
She and Morris Kinghorn married in 1974. Between them, they have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She worked in the insurance industry for 30 years, retiring in 1999.
Glenna enjoys making quilts, scrapbooking, and handy work such as crocheting. She also enjoys fishing and traveling.