History & Staff
At Summers Funeral Homes, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Boise and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
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.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Summers, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Location Leader, Funeral Director
Quinn was raised in a small farming community in South Eastern Idaho and is the youngest of 10 children. It was on the farm that Quinn learned the value of hard work and integrity. Quinn earned his Eagle Scout award at the age of 14 and his love for scouting and camping continue today. After serving a 2 year mission in Okinawa, Japan, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he met and married his wife, Ami. They have 3 children and have been married for 23 years. Quinn received his associates of Mortuary Science from Mount Hood Community College in Oregon in June of 1999. Quinn and Ami moved to Meridian, Idaho in 2001 when Quinn accepted a position at Summers Funeral Home in Boise. Currently, Quinn is the location manager of Summers Funeral Home for Foundation Partners Group. Quinn’s hobbies include crossfit, camping and spending time with family. Quinn is committed to serving families in the treasure valley during their time of need due to a loss of a loved one.
Brian is a native Idahoan was born in Rupert Idaho. After some time growing up in Tucson Arizona, he moved back to Boise in the late 80’s. After graduating from Capital High he attended BSU for a short time. After working for Boise Cascade for a time Brian was introduced to the world of Funeral Service. He went back to school at Mt. Hood Community College with 3 kids in tow and began the adventure in Funeral Service. He has worked in the valley as a Mortician for 8 years.
"In my spare time I love spending time with my family. I have 6 kids and a wonderful wife of 11+ years. I enjoy camping, fishing, working out and being outside. I truly enjoy working with families and helping them through their time of need. The greatest reward is being in the service of others."
Funeral Director Apprentice
Doug Bishop is a Funeral Director with Summers Funeral Home. He is a dedicated professional who has years of experience of working with people in all walks of life. He started in the funeral business while a college student in Nova Scotia Canada, then went on to work as a manager in the transportation industry for many years. Later, Doug came back to the funeral industry, obtaining his Series Six Insurance License from the State of Idaho and working with people on their funeral pre-arrangement needs. It wasn’t long before Doug realized he wanted to do more to help the people he was meeting, so he decided to become a funeral director for Summers Funeral Home.
Doug has been involved in the Boy Scout program for years; he is proud of the Polar Bear badge he earned while camping with the scouts on a very cold night. His skills in the garden are phenomenal, as his associates have been able to enjoy the abundance from his garden each summer. Doug played hockey as a teen making him the perfect companion while watching a game as he can explain the strategies and rules.
Doug is passionate about his role in the funeral industry. His warmth and compassion and talent for helping people has been an asset as he works with people during one of the most stressful times of their lives.
I was born in Venice, Florida and moved with my family to Moscow, Idaho in 1966. I graduated from Moscow High School and moved to Boise, Idaho to attend Link’s School of Business, graduating in 1978. After moving home for a short period of time I returned to Boise in July of 1979 and started work in a local funeral home where I worked for 32 years, while there I meet my husband, Jon and now have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. In January 2013, I joined Summers Funeral Home and have been working at the Ustick Chapel since then. I love working with our families making sure that their experience, in the worst of times, becomes an experience that will bring ease of mind.
I enjoy fishing, camping, bowling, photography, family dinners and spending time with my family and friends.
Mardi Skinner has worked for Summers Funeral Homes for 17 years. She works in the Boise office as an administrative assistant and is support staff to the funeral directors. Mardi and her husband, Rick Skinner, live in Boise and she is the mother of 3 adult children and 2 granddaughters. Prior to working in funeral homes, Mardi taught school and is a graduate of both Oregon State University and College of Idaho. She loves spending time with her husband and her children and enjoys all the family gatherings that come with her large extended family. Mardi attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Boise with her mother, is active in her P.E.O. chapter, plays BUNCO, and is a member of the Meridian Curves. She also loves flowers and likes to work in her yard.
Summer Jewell is a part time Admin/Staff support newbie. She started with Summers Funeral Homes the beginning of February 2017 by fate. She was definitely not seeking a job at a funeral home or ever thought of such an idea until the opportunity presented itself with the passing of her Dad at the end of January. She has come to love the business beyond expectation and can't wait for future opportunities to learn and grow. She was born in Lynnwood , WA., moved to Boise, Idaho at age 10, graduated from Boise High School in 1991, got married in 2002 and has 2 kids ages 19 and 11. Some of the extra-curricular activities she enjoys are gardening, crafts, cooking, baking, fishing, disc golf and exploring new places and things. “The best part about working for Summers Funeral Home in downtown Boise is that I only live 5 min. away. I might even start riding my bike”!
Robyn was born in Ontario, Oregon, but attended school in Payette, Idaho. She met David Yraguen in 1976 and they married the following year. Together, they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Family Service Counselor and Preneed Funeral Specialist
Ken began his career as a Family Services Counselor in Denver, Colorado in 1982. He moved to Spokane, Washington in 1986 where he managed the Family Services team for 24 years before moving to Boise with my wife Lorrie.
"I love helping people and look forward to serving this community every day while being available to spend more time with my grandchildren that are in the Boise area."
David was born and raised in Oregon. He moved to Idaho, attending Treasure Valley Community College and starting an apprenticeship at Summers Funeral Home in 1976. He married Robyn in April of 1977. After attending the Mt. Hood Funeral Service program in Gresham, Oregon, he returned to Summers as a Licensed Mortician. Along with partner Jim Maguire, who passed away in 2000, David purchased Summers in 1986.