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Funeral Alternatives of Washington Acquired by Foundation Partners Group

June 29, 2016

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Funeral Alternatives of Washington Acquired by Foundation Partners Group

Acquisition Continues to Build Foundation Partners Group’s Footprint in the Pacific Northwest

Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition Funeral Alternatives of Washington. Funeral Alternatives, which was launched in November 2002 by Clair Ferris and his wife, Sharon, has locations in Centralia, Lacey and Tumwater, Washington.  In addition, the purchase includes South Sound Manor, a full service banquet and event center adjacent to the Tumwater location.

“When I first met Clair at a funeral service conference earlier this year, I was intrigued by the concept he had created,” stated Brad Rex, FPG President and CEO.   “Clair has seen funeral service from the ground up, having started in the profession more than forty years ago digging graves and mowing the grounds of the family’s cemetery operation.  He has truly seen and done it all.  We are very pleased that Clair Ferris and his team have elected to become part of the Foundation Partners family.”

“Since we opened the doors of Funeral Alternatives more than a dozen years ago, our goal has been to provide every family in the South Sound area with a ceremony that honors their traditions,” stated Clair Ferris.  “I look forward to now offering our families the innovative products and services available from Foundation Partners Group.   This will allow our families to acknowledge the uniqueness of their loved ones to an even greater extent than before.”

Funeral Alternatives was developed as a new business model for funeral service in 2002.  The operation is based on the concept of not “selling” families, but simply walking them through the funeral process.   At its foundation, Funeral Alternatives is dedicated to doing what is in the best interest of families.  From traditional mortuary services to special requests, the staff at Funeral Alternatives works hard to incorporate a family’s traditions and customs in the funeral service at an affordable price.  South Sound Manor server the community with a unique venue for funeral services, weddings, anniversary parties and other life celebrations.

“Both Clair and Sharon have built a truly unique business, one that will only prosper as part of the Foundation Partners Group family,” stated Justin Baxley, Senior Vice President of Business Development at FPG.  “Funeral Alternatives has built an exceptional reputation in the greater Olympia, Washington area and their operational standards deliver the same high customer service we strive to attain every day.”

About Foundation Partners Group:  Foundation Partners Group (FPG) is a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products.  As one of the largest privately owned funeral operators, FPG owns and operates funeral homes and cemeteries in 14 states, and is actively seeking to expand its locations throughout the U.S.  With headquarters in Orlando, FL, Foundation Partners is committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession with a customer experience-centered approach that harnesses innovation and values the power of relationship and partnership.  For more information, visit the new Foundation Partners Group website at www.foundationpartners.com.