Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 406-862-4040 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Troy Knutson

Troy Knutson

Managing Partner

I am committed to providing the best service and care in the entire Flathead Valley and even in Montana.  Being the 4th generation in my family to live in the Flathead Valley means so much to me.  My passion as a care giver is to exceed customers expectations and provide a level of service that most don't even know is possible.   I am truly dedicated to helping families and being active in helping our community.  I've been a Rotarian for many years even serving as President twice.  I'm active in Glacier Connect and also involved with the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations dedicated to improving our community. 

My first job in the funeral service started in Montana nearly 30 years ago.  Since then I've worked in Washington, Oregon, and most recently I managed the largest funeral home and cemetery combination in Idaho for 19 years. 

In 2016, my wife Theresa and I decided life is too short not to move to the Flathead Valley that we love so much.   Theresa is an amazing Registered Nurse and we knew there was opportunity for her to help improve the quality of care at KRMC.  Although it was the middle of winter we decided to pack up our 2 boys and chase our dream of living in Montana.   The opportunity to be the Managing Partner at Columbia Mortuary has been a dream come true.  I love this community and I am so proud of our team.  We are truly dedicated 24/7 to provide the best service, care and value to the residents of the Flathead Valley.  We really do a better job serving families because of that dedication. 

The individuals and families in this community are our hero's and we are truly grateful to serve and honor our hero's in a way that only we can.   Please don't ever hesitate to pick up the phone and call us as we truly feel blessed to help. 


Krista Cummins

Krista Cummins

Mortician/Funeral Director

I moved to Whitefish in 2011 to work as a funeral director for Austin Funeral Home. I enjoy my work and get satisfaction from helping families create meaningful and memorable services for their loved ones. 

I grew up in Ohio, and attended Mortuary School in Pittsburgh.

One of my favorite things to do is go shopping online.  It makes getting the mail feel like Christmas!  I also love my Chihuahua dogs, and my step children make me laugh.





Trina Simpson

Trina Simpson

administrative assistant

Trina is a native of the Flathead Valley, graduating from Whitefish High School in 2003. 

She enjoys everything Montana has to offer, hunting, camping, fishing, and boating. 

Trina met her husband while attending high school and married in 2010.  They later welcomed their beautiful daughter, bought their home, and then welcomed their son in 2012.

Trina was a Stay-At-Home mom until she was given the opportunity to join the team in late 2015.  It is truly an honor to work for this company and help those families in their time of need. 


Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher

Pre-Arrangement Specialist

Originally from Utah, Erik has been in the Valley since 2006. He has a spouse, four kids, and a dog. He brings years of experience to our funeral home. He is active in his church, is a past BSA Scoutmaster and Varsity Troop Coach, and loves to camp, fish, hunt, snowboard and mountain bike in his off time.



Breanna Morrison

Breanna Morrison

Ambassador

I moved to Montana in 2012 and instantly fell in love with this beautiful state and kind hearted people in it.

I met my husband in Columbia Falls and we are blessed with beautiful twin girls. 

I have been working for Austin Funeral Home since 2015. I enjoy assisting with funeral services and viewings. 

I enjoy camping, hiking, and a few of the other joys Montana has to offer. 

I love my job and opportunity to share kindness and compassion.  I am truly honored to help families in their time in need.


Darren Bohne

Darren Bohne

Ambassador

Darren has a passion for service.  In 1987 he was selected to attend the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Academy.  He worked as a State Highway Trooper until his retirement in August of 2009.  Upon retirement from working with Highway Patrol he moved to Montana where he began a lawn service company.  Darren began working with Austin Funeral Home in 2017 and is committed to helping people.  


Mary Houston

Mary Houston

Ambassador

My name is Mary T Huston.  I am a 7th generation Southern Californian.  My Father and Mother very proudly raised 8 children in a Christian environment. 

I moved to Montana in 1985 to get away from life in the fast lane.

I graduated from the University of Montana (GO GRIZ) in 1988, with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communications. 

I moved to Minneapolis to live in community and volunteer at the Harriet Tubman battered Women’s Shelter as a Children’s Advocate for a year.

From there I moved to the Flathead and worked up on Big Mountain for about 10 years.

I met my husband AJ Coulter in Missoula during our college years and we both found ourselves relocated to Whitefish in 1992.

We were married in the Fall of 1998 at Risen Christ.  We had our first son a year later, followed by our second and finally our daughter in 2005.

We are very busy parents truly enjoying the blessings of raising our children with faith and love, patience and discipline.


When my Father passed away in 2011, we immediately contacted the mortuary that had assisted our family for three generations.

An odd yet familiar feeling was impressed upon me at the funeral home, I felt like a door was opening.

After 17 years of the blessings of motherhood, being a professional volunteer and personal chauffeur to my children, I decided to get back into the paid work force. 

I was hoping I would find a job in a field that would speak to my soul.  Since then I noticed that I have a particular calling, it is a compassion towards others during the difficult process of letting their family members move from this life to the next.

I feel privileged to be employed in this business because it is during this time of grieving that it is so important to have others to lean on. 

In the words of John Dohnny,  “No Man is an Island Unto Himself”.  

I thank God everyday for my blessings, my faith, my family, my friends and now this opportunity to be employed in a business that goes beyond this life and into the next.


Mikka Mattocks

Mikka Mattocks

Ambassador

Mikka and her family relocated to Kalispell from Colorado in 2013.  Originally from northeast Oklahoma, Mikka has fallen in love with Montana and thoroughly enjoys living and working in the area.  Mikka joined the team in late summer of 2017, but has worked managing the Pathology office at KRMC and in the funeral business since 2014.  Michael & Mikka enjoy spending time with their boys (Masen & Miller) & fur babies (Molly & Mugly).



Michael Mattocks

Michael Mattocks

Ambassador

Michael and his family relocated to Kalispell from Colorado in 2013.  Originally from the panhandle of Oklahoma, Michael has fallen in love with Montana and everything the Flathead Valley has offer.  Michael strives to serve families here in the Flathead Valley in various ways.  He joined the team in late summer of 2017, but has pastored and worked in the funeral business in the area since 2013.  Michael & Mikka enjoy spending time with their boys (Masen & Miller) & fur babies (Molly & Mugly).



Ronald Stanfield

Ronald Stanfield

Ambassador

Ronald originally from Marshall, TX. Ronald graduated from Sam Houston State University.  He is a Air Force Veteran. He has a 40 year career in law enforcement, retired Texas Department Public Safety. Ronald is married to Amanda and they have four children and 7 grandchildren. Ronald and his family had been vacationing to the Flathead Valley since 2009, they fell in love with Montana! After retirement in 2015 he and Amanda moved and made the Flathead Valley their home. He began service with the company in the fall of 2017.


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