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Vernal's Only On-Site Crematory

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We are here to guide you and your family every step of the way with dignity and respect.  Please call or stop by to meet our staff and take a tour of our facility

Jake Phillips

Jake Phillips

President/Funeral Director

Jake is a licensed Funeral Director, Preplanning Consultant, and Certified Crematorium Operator with 10+ years experience in the funeral home industry.  Jake received his degree from Araphoe College of Mortuary Science and worked for Larkin Mortuary in Salt Lake City.  Jake is the son of Mike and Sally Phillips of Vernal, Utah. He attended school in the Basin and graduated from Uintah High.  Jake is married to Whitney Robb Phillips and together they have three children.

Jake is actively involved in the community.  He is a member of Uintah County Search and Rescue, Vernal Chamber of Commerce, National Funeral Directors Association, Utah Funeral Directors Association and the Membership Clerk in his church.

Email: jphillips@ashleyvalleyfuneralhome.com


Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips

Vice President

Whitney is the daughter of Claye and Kym Robb of Vernal, Utah. She attended school in the Basin and graduated from Uintah High. Her love for softball took her to Kansas to play on a scholarship for a short time, then upon returning she finished her degree at Weber State University graduating in Radiology. She worked for The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) in Murray, Utah for three years until the arrival of her son Caschtian Claye. Shortly after Casch joined their family, they returned to Vernal to begin the funeral business.  Jake and Whitney has since welcome two girls into their family Sayler and Navy.


Bruce Jenkins

Bruce Jenkins

Funeral Director

Bruce is a licensed Funeral Director and Certified Crematory Operator.  Bruce graduated from Cypress College of Mortuary Science in 1986.  Bruce brings many years of experience to Ashley Valley Funeral Home.  He has worked throughout the United States as a Funeral Director and Crematory Operator. 


Ivan Merrell

Ivan Merrell

Funeral Director's Assistant

Ivan Merrell started with the Ashley Valley Funeral Home when we first opened our doors. The son of Randy and LouAnn Merrell he is a Vernal native. He is married to Hollie Merrell and they have two rambunctious boys, Luken and Dylan. In addition to working with us, he has been employed with Gold Cross Ambulance since 2001.  Working in EMS as well as having suffered the loss of close family members has blessed Ivan with the ability to empathize with those who are experiencing the grief of a loved one’s passing. 


Kym Robb

Kym Robb

Office Manager

Kym B. Robb joined our staff in 2012 as an Office Assistant. She is a native of Vernal, Utah and a daughter of Elden and Gerrie Buckalew.  Kym graduated from University of Utah and was an educator for 27 years for Uintah School District.  She and her husband Claye Ronald Robb raised their four daughters, Brooke Richins, Whitney Phillips, Kelsi Giles, and Madisen Robb in this beautiful community. After the death of her husband , she desired to serve other families  at Ashley Valley Funeral Home understanding their loss and grief  during  a difficult time.  


Kathy Torres

Pre-Planning Specialist



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