By Thomas A. Parmalee

This month, and Ring Ring Marketing are recognizing Ted Anderson of Lindquist Mortuaries & Cemeteries in Utah, as its Unsung Hero of Funeral Service.

The firm has seven locations in Utah and will soon be opening an eighth location. It also operates three cemeteries.

Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Anderson (pictured at top) was raised in Corvallis, Oregon, where he joined the Army National Guard. He began his career as a funeral director shortly after marrying the former Janice Nash in 1984.

Raising two girls and two boys while working at a number of funeral homes throughout Oregon and Washington, he left the Oregon Guard after 20 years of service.

He lost his wife in a tragic surgery accident in 2016 and joined Lindquist’s staff in 2020 after relocating to the Salt Lake City area.

Jason Smith, a sales manager at Lindquist, nominated Anderson for the honor, noting that he is responsible for taking photos every morning for the cremation identification tool. “Ted does this every morning and then uploads the photos and notifies the assigned funeral director when ready,” he said. “Ted takes care of our crematory, documenting that all of the correct paperwork has been completed for cremation. Ted is also responsible for preparing all of the correct caskets that have been assigned to a deceased for casketing each day.”

Anderson does not look for accolades. In fact, when reached out to him, he was too busy working to speak much.

That’s all the more reason for him to receive such an award, according to Smith.

“Ted is an unsung hero at our business because of the countless hours that he diligently works without complaint,” he said. “When he is on vacation or has a day off, he is sorely missed by all.”

Smith recalled a recent day when Anderson returned to work from vacation. “There was a unanimous cheer for him being back,” he said. “He writes down all of his assignments each day on paper and when they need to be completed. He goes about his work not saying much at all. Once in a while, Ted will make a dry comment that is supposed to be a joke.”

But Anderson has an abiding passion for his work, and he gets the job done, Smith said. “Ted came in early the other morning to meet a family at 7 a.m.,” he shared, noting that he did so in order to get the cremated remains back to the family in time for a service later in the day. “He is a worker bee that just continues to go, day in and day out,” Smith said.

As a recognized Unsung Hero of Funeral Service, Anderson will receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of Welton Hong, the founder of Ring Ring Marketing, who has a deep appreciation for the hard work that death-care professionals do on a daily basis.

“I understand that Mr. Anderson does his work without a lot of fanfare, but he is exactly the kind of professional that we want to honor through this program,” Hong said. “As a business owner myself, I know how critical it is to have stellar employees, and it’s clear that Mr. Anderson gives his all to his job each and every day.”

Thomas Parmalee, founder of, congratulated Anderson on his richly deserved honor. “Funeral homes and crematories need more staff members like Mr. Anderson, and grieving families do, too,” he said. “He keeps his head down and focuses on the job at hand. What a great person to have on your team.”

Parmalee added that he also enjoyed reading about the fascinating history of Lindquist Mortuaries & Cemeteries, which you can read about here.

Nominate an Unsung Hero and Ring Ring Marketing will continue to recognize the Unsung Heroes of Funeral Service throughout the year. You can learn more about the initiative here.

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