History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
In 1948, Sterling and Arlene Nelson followed their dream and established a funeral home on the corner of 400 North and Main Street in Logan. The Nelsons dedicated their lives to serving those in need with compassion, respect, and dignity and established a tradition of trust with the citizens of Cache Valley. A new funeral chapel was erected in 1961 at 162 East 400 North, Logan, and a viewing area added some time later in Smithfield.
In 1969 John and Beverly Wheeler joined the funeral home and worked alongside the Nelsons, excelling with their service-oriented attitude and their commitment to professional excellence. In 1979 G. Ward Taylor of Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home in Tremonton became affiliated with Nelson Funeral Home, having worked with Sterling in his formative years as a funeral director. In 1982, Michael J. Chatterton joined the Nelson Funeral Home team as a funeral director, and in 1996 David M. Simmons was added to the staff.
Fifty years later, we at Nelson Funeral Home, are indebted to Sterling, Arlene and their family. We are appreciative of their hard work and dedication to serving our community.
The tradition of trust initiated by the Nelsons over 50 years ago continues today. We not only take time to understand individual needs before and during the services, we continue to assist families after arrangements have been completed. We understand that the love of a family never grows old - it just grows. A love that lasts forever.
Our Valued Staff
Michael J. Chatterton, Funeral Director
A native of Cache Valley, Michael attended Ricks College, Utah State University and graduated from Mt. Hood Community College (Gresham, Oregon) in funeral service. Prior to joining Nelson funeral Home in 1982, Mike worked at Webb Funeral Home in Preston, Idaho and Bergin Funeral Chapel, In Shoshone, Idaho. Mike is currently the Manager of Nelson Funeral Home in Logan and Smithfield. In addition to being very active in church service, Mike has served as a Director of the Utah Funeral Directors Association and as a member of the Logan Kiwanis Club, and the Lion's International Club in Smithfield. Having lost his father at a very young age has made Michael a particularly sensitive and kind funeral director. Mike and his wife, Julie, have four daughters and reside in Smithfield.
Brad Heugly, Funeral Director
Brad is a native to Cache Valley. He graduated from Logan High School and then attended Utah State University and graduated from Arapahoe Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Brad has been a part of this company since he started in the funereal industry in 2009. Brad served an LDS mission where he learned to speak Spanish. Brad began working in the funeral industry because of his sincere desire to help those in need. He loves what he does and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Brad and his wife, Emily, reside in Smithfield.