Never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever envision that I would one day be a Funeral Director. My father was a Pastor so our lives revolved around the church, and I have always had compassion for people who are hurting. When growing up, I thought I could make a difference in the world by ministering to people in a church setting. I have since come to see that there are many ways to minister to and express compassion for people. The Funeral Director profession has provided that opportunity for me, and I feel I have found my “niche.” The people I assist often feel vulnerable due to grief and lack of knowledge, so I strive to alleviate their vulnerable feelings by being honest, trustworthy and a caring guide to families in the midst of difficult and overwhelming situations. My name is John Krake and I am a Funeral Director at Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home
Vince V Larkin
Vince Larkin has served as our general manager since July 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (1990) and a Bachelor of Science in sociology from the University of Utah (1992). Following graduation, Vince relocated to Seattle and became a member of the Dignity Memorial team in 1993.
A 5th-generation funeral professional, Vince began working in the funeral industry planting petunias in the cemetery. Feeling called to funeral service, he has served in nearly every capacity. Although he misses directly serving client families, he is honored to support his team as they serve our community families.
Vince currently serves on the board of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, is an active member of All Pilgrims Christian Church and greatly enjoys playing piano.
Colten Simmons found his purpose as a funeral director after experiencing deep personal losses in the years 2013 and 2014. During the following year, he began studying at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, earning his Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service at the end of 2017.
Colten joined the Dignity Memorial network in January of 2017 working with the Seattle Care Center and joined the Acacia staff in February of 2018. He strongly believes in assisting families through their grief by providing meaningful service built on a foundation of integrity and moral excellence.
Chelsey Ann Stitt
Chelsey Stitt has been serving families in the Bellevue area for the last two years. Originally from Minatare, Nebraska, she likes to make every family feel like the only family with her Midwest charisma. She graduated Mortuary Science School in Mesa, Arizona and began a career at Melcher’s Mission Central Care facility shortly after graduation. After five years of working as an Embalmer for nine sister locations, she became a funeral director at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery. She was very humbled while coordinating with Maricopa County Child Protective Services with assistance for children and infants who went to be with angels while under the state’s care. New to the Seattle area, she likes to shop at Pikes Place, cook, knit, and go to local art fairs.
This site is provided as a service of SCI Shared Resources, LLC. The Dignity Memorial brand name is used to identify a network of licensed funeral, cremation and cemetery providers that include affiliates of Service Corporation International, 1929 Allen Parkway, Houston, Texas. With over 2,000 locations, Dignity Memorial providers proudly serve over 300,000 families a year.