John never imagined becoming a funeral director. However, growing up a pastor's kid, he has always had compassion for people who are hurting. Despite believing he would spend his days following in his father's footsteps and serve in a church setting, John believes he has found his niche in the funeral service profession. It has provided him the opportunity to minister to and express compassion for people. John strives to alleviate the vulnerable feelings of the families he serves by being an honest, trustworthy and caring guide in the midst of such a difficult and overwhelming situation.
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 served families in the Seattle area since 2015. Originally from Minatare, Nebraska, she uses her Midwest charisma to make every family feel comfortable. She graduated from mortuary science school in Mesa, Arizona, and began a career at Melcher’s Mission Central Care facility shortly after. She worked for 5 years as an embalmer and then became a funeral director.
Coordinating with Maricopa County Child Protective Services, Chelsey was humbled to offer assistance with children and infants who "went to be with angels" while under the state’s care.
When she is not working, Chelsey likes to shop at Pike Place, cook, knit and go to 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.