Lakewood’s Mountain View will not see a fifth generation of Thompsons operate the family cemetery business. The business has been sold, said President Cindy Thompson, and the new owner is Northstar Memorial Group based in Houston.
“The check is in the bank today,” she said after a due-diligence progress that took several months. “They are really good people.”
Thompson will stay on as a consultant for the next five years and continue to be the community outreach person for the cemetery. She will not be as hands on in the operation as she was when she owned the operation. It will be the first time she will have a boss in more than 21 years.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory employs some 70 people and operates around the clock. It was founded in 1915 by James Richard Thompson. In 1942 his son J. Arthur Thompson added the funeral home on the cemetery grounds. At the time a revolutionary idea, it was only the second funeral home/cemetery combination started in the United States. In 1956, the third generation of Thompson’s, Brewer B. Thompson came to Mountain View. Cindy Thompson came to Mountain View in 1987 from a career in health care.
Northstar has annual revenues of some $35 million and a workforce of 550 people around the nation.
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