History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Jared Fairbanks, the founder of Premier Funeral Services, knew at a young age that a profession in the service of others would be a rewarding and meaningful life dedication. In 2009, Jared started Premier Funeral Services in Utah. He saw the need to serve families in a way that most funeral homes were unable to. He wanted to help individuals and families care for their love ones in the most comforting way possible. 

Jared structured Premier Funeral Services in such a way that would provide families access to affordable funeral services. Due to low overhead and high operational efficiency, families are offered services at a lower cost with no sacrifice in service and quality. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Jared O.M.  Fairbanks

    Jared O.M. Fairbanks, Owner/Funeral Director

    Jared was born and lived his early years in Hawaii, his elementary school years in Salt Lake City, UT later moving to Holbrook, Arizona for junior high and high school. While in his senior year of high school Jared worked for a funeral home, where he performed service support and learned what was needed to serve each family with dignity and professionalism. He knew that a profession in service to others would be a rewarding and meaningful life’s dedication.

    Jared earned a degree in business administration and graduated from Cypress College of Mortuary Science in 1986. He has managed mortuaries, cemeteries, and crematories along with supervising pre-need sales and spending some time as a casket sales representative in Arizona and Utah. Each of these steps has taught Jared what it takes to be successful in the funeral profession.

    Aside from being a funeral director, Jared is an artist with sculptures around the world. One notable sculpture he did with his father, Ortho R. Fairbanks, is the Christmas Box Angel. The angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, the author of The Christmas Box, in response to reports that parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal from the loss of their children. When Jared is not sculpting, he enjoys running, hiking, traveling and playing bass drum in the Thomas Cordner Memorial Pipe Band.

    Jared also, more than anything else loves to spend time with his four beautiful daughters and five adorable grandchildren whom he adores.

  • J. Heath  Holverson

    J. Heath Holverson, Funeral Director

    Heath was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho and graduated from Skyline High School in 1995. Heath served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the New Zealand Wellington, Mission from Aug. 1995 to Aug. 1997. On December 20, 1997 Heath married his high school sweet heart Emily, and together they have four beautiful children, Taylee, Tydon, Kamdon and Kyler.

    Heath has been in the funeral business since January of 1999 starting at a funeral home in Idaho Falls, where he apprenticed, then working for a funeral home in Oregon while going to Mortuary School where he graduated in 2002. After Heath graduated from Mt. Hood Community College he worked for five years in the Boise area, before moving his family to Utah in 2007.

    Heath loves working with families and looks forward to helping others in the future

  • Libni  Balderas

    Libni Balderas, Funeral Director

    Libni was born and raised in Mexico City. He graduated with honors from Colegio de Bachilleres in 1997.

    While spending time as a hospice caregiver Libni found purpose in helping families through what he believes is often one of many emotional events that occur near the end of one’s life. During those 11 years as a caregiver he discovered a genuine passion for the funeral profession. In 2010, Libni joined Premier Funeral Services as an apprentice and began Mortuary School. He attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services. He became a licensed funeral director in 2013.

    Libni lives in Pleasant Grove with his wife, Julietta and their two children. He enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, and participating in martial arts with his kids.

  • Blake Yates

    Blake Yates, Funeral Director

    Blake was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. When he was four years old his family moved to a dead-end street in Sandy. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1981, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Virginia, married his amazing wife Carolee in 1986, and graduated from the University of Utah with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. He still lives in the same neighborhood in Sandy that he grew up in and that is where he and Carolee raised their two children. His family has grown to include his two “in-law” children and three adorable grandsons.

    Blake started with Premier Funeral Services in October 2016 and is excited to work once again with Jared Fairbanks, who had hired him 15 years earlier as an apprentice funeral director at another firm. However, Blake’s introduction to the funeral industry began much earlier when he worked as a grounds-keeper at a cemetery and mortuary in Sandy during his high school years. Ever since then he knew the funeral business was where he wanted to be. Blake returned to the classroom mid-life and graduated in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College. Although being a funeral director is his second career, it is a truly where he belongs. He loves serving families and helping them take care of the people they love.

    In his off-work time, Blake enjoys spending time with his family four-wheeling and snowmobiling at the family cabin, being involved in church, and traveling about the country seeing church history and American history sites.

  • Jonathan Herrick

    Jonathan Herrick, Funeral Director

    Jonathan was born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. Jonathan went back to college in 2013 and decided to make a career change to Funeral Services. Jonathan has always felt the need and desire to assist families that have recently lost a loved one.

    Jonathan is an alumni of American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service/Mortuary Science program in New York, New York. Jonathan graduated from the program in August 2015.
    Before joining Premier Funeral Services Jonathan worked part time for a couple of funeral homes in the Salt Lake area where he learned different aspects of the funeral business. Prior to his mid-life career change, Jonathan was a Compliance Specialist for 14 years at Airgas USA, LLC. Jonathan managed a five state region, containing 36 locations.

    Jonathan has found working in the funeral business to be very rewarding assisting families that have lost a loved one.

    Jonathan enjoys spending time with family and friends when not assisting other families. He also enjoys running and camping.

  • Shari  Lindahl Gillen

    Shari Lindahl Gillen, Community Development

    Shari Lindahl Gillen was born in Anaheim, California. She was raised in Kaysville, Utah and graduated from Davis High School in 1989.

    Shari’s father instilled in her strong work ethics, which was apparent in the series of jobs she took on starting in 1999. She worked for hospice, physical therapy/rehabilitation and senior living. Her work also carried over into education at skilled nursing and assisted living facilities as well as caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Her hard work earned her multiple promotions, from caregiver to management, and eventually on to be an Executive Director for Emeritus Senior Living. She serves in many community service organizations and is a current member of the Ogden Rotary Club. Shari is certified as a Grief Support Specialist from the World Spiritual Health Organization. She looks forward to continuing her education in Spiritual Care.

    Shari and her husband Allan live in Pleasant View and have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, paddle boarding, Cycling and golf.

  • Margene  Luke

    Margene Luke, Community Development

    Margene is the past owner and administrator of Hospice of Hope and owner and manager of Personal Care Services. She is president of Equity Income Incorporated. She recently retired as a nurse for the Department of Veterans Affairs after serving in various nursing positions for 43 years. Previously she served as Secretary and Membership Co-Chair of The Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She worked with the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant system as Co-Director and Judges Chairperson. Margene served on the Governors Initiative for Families, Senator Hatch’s Senior Conference Committee, St. Marks Integrative Care Committee, Spirituality and Healing in Medicine Institute member and as a volunteer Chaplain at Primary Children’s Hospital. She is an original founding member and current board member of the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support. She is certified as a Grief Support Specialist.