Mortician Stories

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arick Dombrowski is a 34-year-old funeral director at Johnson’s Mortuary in Yuma.  Dombrowski is a native of Somerton, Arizona and attended Yuma’s Cibola High School before going on to get his mortuary degree at Mesa Community College.  In this installment of Arizona Edition’s Work Stories, Arick talks about his profession and the outlook it puts on life, as well as the most difficult case he has ever handled…(originally aired 06/25/4).

In this installment of Arizona Edition’s Work Stories, we hear from Alma Garcia, who has been working at Yuma Mortuary in Yuma for about 3 years.  Here, Alma talks about the most difficult case she ever had to handle…(originally aired 06/18/14).

This piece was featured in the June 18th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show, as well as past Work Stories, can be found below in the related content section.

Darren Mattice

Darren Mattice is a 42-year old funeral director at the Yuma Mortuary.   In this installment of Arizona Edition's Work Stories, Mattice, who has been in funeral services for 2 decades, talks about detachment and the fine line between caring too much and not caring enough.  Mattice has been in Yuma for almost 11 years; he is a father of two…(originally aired 06/11/14).

All through the month of June and the rest of May during Arizona Edition’s Work Stories, we will hear stories from individuals working in funeral services.  This week, Cesar Dominguez—a mortician, funeral director intern, and the owner of Desert Valley Mortuary—talks about caring for deceased loved ones…(originally aired 05/21/14).

This piece was featured in the May 21st Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show, as well as past Work Stories, can be found below in the related content section.