Our Story

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

Ever since we opened our gates 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 not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

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

Why Us?

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 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.

Learn the legacy.

On October 1, 1927, Frank L. DeMark, bought the existing funeral business of Thomas Dwyer and operated the funeral home out of his residence for five years. In 1932, construction began on the present facility at the corner of Highland Avenue and Holly Drive. A dedication of the building was held on April 23, 1933. DeMark Memorial Chapel was named in memory of Mr. DeMark’s son who died the year before. In 1935, Mr. DeMark's daughter, Evelyn obtained her embalmer's license and in 1937 she and Bruce M. Hotchkiss were married.

In 1945, the Hotchkiss’ purchased the funeral home from Mr. DeMark and operated it as Hotchkiss Mortuary. Their son, Bruce J. Hotchkiss joined the firm in 1966 after obtaining his embalmer's license. He soon became the manager and in 1968 added 3500 square feet to the original building. 

In 1997, Mr. Hotchkiss sold the mortuary to Service Corporation International (SCI). Naomi Campbell was an area manager for SCI and Hotchkiss Mortuary fell under her oversight. In 2001, Ms. Campbell and Marion Hallock purchased Hotchkiss Mortuary from SCI, returning it to a family owned and operated business. In 2006, Ms. Campbell purchased Ms. Hallock’s half of the business. Ms. Campbell trained her husband, Louis, and together they have served and cared for the community for the last thirteen years.

In March of 2019, Jared and Bethanny Murray purchased Hotchkiss Mortuary and are operating as Tracy Memorial Chapel. Mr. and Ms. Murray take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days and are devoted to serving their communities with loving care, compassion, and dignity.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Jared Murray

Jared Murray

Funeral Director/Owner
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Bethanny Murray, RN

Bethanny Murray, RN

Christine Vierra

Christine Vierra

Embalmer, Funeral Arranger

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