Recent Obituaries

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Jayson D. Watkins

Jayson D. Watkins
General Manager/ Mortician

Jayson grew up in various states including Missouri, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington. After graduating high school on the Oregon coast Jayson became a forest officer for the State of Oregon fighting fires and overseeing hot shot crews throughout the state.

In 1990 Jayson relocated his family to Bigfork, MT hoping to continue his career in forestry. In 1992 Jayson’s nephew in Oregon passed away after an extended illness which led to a turn events in his life. While attending the funeral in Oregon and experiencing the care the funeral directors showed the family; Jayson returned to Montana and decided he himself wanted to change careers and help families during the most difficult times in their lives.

After many visits with long time General Manager Bob Glencross Jayson began working at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home learning from Bob whatever he could to start his new career. Jayson was proud to be a Flathead Valley resident where he and his wife could raise their three children. Jayson later moved to Denver, CO and attended Mortuary College graduating with an associate degree in Mortuary Science.

After working for a little over a year for a large firm in Denver; Jayson returned to Bigfork where he divided his time between the Bigfork Funeral Home and Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. In 2003 Jayson took the opportunity to purchase a funeral home in Arizona.

After a divorce and sadly the loss of his oldest daughter in a car accident Jayson sold the funeral home in Arizona. Deciding to take a short break from the funeral industry he realized he couldn’t leave the industry and needed to help others in their time of need. He took a position on the Oregon Coast overseeing four funeral homes a mausoleum, and a cemetery, Jayson and his wife Samantha (also a mortician) and their six year old son were excited to return to the area he has always called home, and believes he has made a full circle in his career and couldn’t be more pleased to return to a smaller independent family owned funeral home where he will be able to serve all aspects of the family’s needs.

Jayson’s oldest son and his family, his brother and his family, and all his grandchildren are all residents of the Flathead Valley. Jayson’s youngest daughter is attending ASU college in Phoenix. Jayson enjoys the outdoors including hunting, fishing, golf, and hiking. Jayson's and Samantha's youngest child is attending Stillwater Christain School.

Tel: 1-406-752-0336


   
Dianne Davis

Dianne Davis
Office Manager

Dianne Davis ,has worked for Buffalo Hill Funeral Home since January of 2001. She is our office Manager, as well as helping with Funerals, answering phones, accounting, updates our website, makes transfers for our firm. She is widowed, and has 3 grown children. Dianne is very proud of her 11 grandchildren who keep her busy when not working. She has lived in Montana for over 30 years. Dianne is a very dedicated person, who truly loves her job working with and caring for the families that need our assistance.

Tel: 1-406-752-0336


   
Allison M. Davis

Allison M. Davis
Associate

Allison moved to Montana at a young age from, Spokane Washington Allison was born in Nampa Idaho.  She has lived in the Flathead Valley for over 30 years, and now calls Montana her  Home. She has worked for Buffalo Hill Funeral Home for  the past 6 years as an associate.  Allison updates our website, creates the memorial folders, video tributes, helps with funerals, and is our lead transfer person. She has three children, the oldest a Junior in High School.  Allison loves to hunt, and fish.  Allison is a very caring and compassionate person who truly enjoys her work and helping the famlies that we serve.

Tel: 1-406-752-0336


   
Dale Fillmore

Dale Fillmore
Funeral Director - Mortician

Dale comes to us with over 18 years’ experience in the funeral industry.  Born in Billings, Montana, Dale spent most of his youth in the Salt Lake City area.  After graduating from high school there, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a long haul truck driver.  While attending his great grandmother’s funeral, Dale was struck by how compassionate and caring the funeral directors were.  It was then and there that Dale decided to change careers.
Dale began is new career as an apprentice at a funeral home in Salt Lake City.  He then moved to Portland Oregon, where he attended Mt Hood College, while continuing an apprenticeship at another funeral home there.  Dale graduated in 2002 with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science.
After graduating from Mt Hood, Dale returned to the Salt Lake City area, returning to work at the funeral home there.  Dale then took a position as Funeral Home Supervisory/Funeral Director with Acadia Funeral Home in Seattle.
After several years in the “big city”, Dale yearned to move to a smaller town and find a family owned funeral home, where he could really get to know his families on a more personal level.  So Dale moved to the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Idaho area, where he worked for a local family owned funeral home.  It was there that he met and married his wife, Kelly.
Dale and Kelly love Montana, especially the Kalispell and Whitefish area, where they hope to retire.  So when an opportunity to work at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home came to pass, they were thrilled.  Becoming a part of the Kalispell community where they can also enjoy there pastimes of fishing, boating and  camping, makes this the perfect place to call home.

Tel: 1-406-752-0336


   
Danielle Teske- Burgoyne

Danielle Teske- Burgoyne
Associate

Danielle Teske-Burgoyne is a native to Montana, born in Libby, Montana. She is a transfer person, assists in the office, helps with funerals, and does viewings. She is married and has two girls who she loves to watch play softball. Danielle also likes to hunt, fish, camp, and be outdoors in Montana. She is a volunteer firefighter with Smith Valley Fire Department. Assisting families in the midst of their grief is a humbling, yet rewarding endeavor and fuels Danielle's determination. She strives to make every family and their loved one her priority.


Tel: 1-406-752-0336