Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Summers Funeral Homes had its early beginnings on February 1, 1911 in Boise, Idaho. Clyde E. Summers, an early employee of the funeral business, became a partner of P.L. Fry, and the funeral business became known as Fry & Summers. In 1913 Mr. Fry sold his interest to Harry Krebs. Mr. Krebs and Mr. Summers, now partners, changed the funeral business name to Summers & Krebs.

In January of 1927, Mr. Krebs sold his part in the business to Mr. Summers and the name of the business became Summers Funeral Home. Mr. Summers valued the importance of family and remodeled the mortuary as a memorial to his parents. Two of the newly remodeled rooms were named after his parents: the Adeline Room and the William Room.

Mr. Summers wanted his clients to know that "beautiful things need not be expensive." With this in mind, Mr. Summers provided guest rooms in the mortuary so that families coming from a distance would not have to pay for a hotel while the funeral arrangements were being made. This also allowed the families to be near their loved ones. Summers Funeral Home services were conducted with all due reverence and compassion to the families involved.

Summers Funeral Home became known as the mortuary where funeral arrangements were taken care of promptly and in one place by a staff of competent and compassionate individuals.

Summers Funeral Homes became a monument to the future of Boise

A. Dale McMurtrey came to work for Mr. Summers in 1948. Dale and his wife, Shirley, lived in the home with Mr. Summers and helped continue the competent and caring funeral service started by Mr. Summers. In addition to handling 200 funeral calls a year, Dale and Shirley operated an ambulance service out of the funeral home. Mr. McMurtrey and his wife purchased the business from Mr. Summers in 1956.

By 1980, Mr. McMurtrey had bought and remodeled the Nazarene Church that was located at 2nd and State Streets in Eagle, Idaho, a nearby community to Boise. This newly remodeled funeral home became Summers Funeral Homes, Eagle Chapel.

In keeping with the family tradition that Mr. Summers had started, the McMurtrey family sold the Summers Funeral Homes business to employees of the firm: David B. Yraguen, with the business since 1977, and James B. Maguire, with the business since 1980. In 1991, Summers Funeral Homes, Inc. built a third full-service funeral home in Mountain Home, Idaho. This facility was sold in 2005 to the manager of the firm.

Jim Maguire and Dave Yraguen decided that the Boise facility needed to be updated to meet the changing needs of their clients. This modern and premier mortuary facility now has a full service elevator to serve all three levels of the building. In keeping with Mr. Summers' tradition of meeting the needs of the grieving family, the suites that Mr. Summers had first lived in were converted into reception areas where family members can gather after funeral services. These rooms are also used for grief support groups that serve the Ada county area. This major renovation of the Boise Chapel was completed in the fall of 1995. Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel, is now a 16,000 square foot facility, yet it still retains the personal touch and caring for a family making funeral arrangements for a loved one.

Soon after the Boise renovation, Mr. Maguire and Mr. Yraguen closed the Eagle facility to build a new funeral facility and crematorium in nearby Meridian, Idaho.

James Maguire was killed in an accident in April of 2000. Mr. Yraguen decided to go ahead with the plans for the Ustick Chapel in Meridian and it was completed on February 14th of 2001.

The new Ustick Chapel is a state-of-the-art facility, but still retains the home-like atmosphere that is so important to us, here at Summers. Our goal is to provide a funeral home that doesn't feel like a funeral home.

Mr. Yraguen, and the rest of the Summers Funeral Homes staff continue the strong tradition of competent and caring service began by Mr. Summers in 1911. Summers Funeral Homes have excellent reputations in the Treasure Valley community. The staff provides personal service in a compassionate manner. Summers Funeral Homes continually strives to be one of the leaders in the funeral industry. They do this by offering the greatest value and personal attention to the families they serve.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier. Ever since we opened our doors, we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer.  We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Who We Are

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Quinn  Peterson

Quinn Peterson

Location Leader, Funeral Director
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Brian Owings

Brian Owings

Funeral Director
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Doug Bishop

Doug Bishop

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Hazel Thompson

Hazel Thompson

Administrative Assistant
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Mike Mulcock

Mike Mulcock

Funeral Director
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Mardi Skinner

Mardi Skinner

Administrative Assistant
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Summer Jewell

Summer Jewell

Receptionist Admin.
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Robyn Yraguen

Robyn Yraguen

Office Manager
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Ken McCarthy

Ken McCarthy

Family Service Counselor and Preneed Funeral Specialist
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David Yraguen

David Yraguen

Funeral Director
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