(970) 482-7557
5815 E Hwy 14
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Harold-Kuemmerlin In 1989, Harold & his wife Lila helped their daughter Lisa open Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory. For the first five years, Harold shouldered most of the duties at Precious Memories while Lisa was working at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Due to major health reasons in 2004 Harold reluctantly stepped back from day to day operations but continues to oversee maintenance of the grounds as well as the cremation equipment. He continues to enjoy mowing the cemetery on his Walker lawn mower during the summer months. As a master mechanic, Harold designed and built most of the machinery used at Precious Memories. He is constantly inventing and improving things to make life easier on the staff.

In his spare time, Harold enjoys watching sports, especially football. He is a big Bronco fan. He also spends time with Gretchen, a schnauzer who follows him around constantly. Over the years, many other pets have adopted Harold. They include: “Cinder” an Australian Shepherd, “Toro” a black lab (who migrated over from the neighbor’s house), “Spicy” a chihuahua, “Scooby” (who was nicknamed “Gumby”), and “Peanut” another chihuahua who was Harold’s constant companion.

A Fort Collins native, Harold was born in 1924. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1942 and entered the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) in 1943. There, he trained as a pilot, flying the B-29 bomber aircraft. Upon leaving the service in 1946, He met Lila and they married in 1947. Harold entered the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1954 with a degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. In 1955, Harold started a dental practice and was a driving force in making dentistry more convenient and accessible everyone in Fort Collins area. He retired from his successful practice in 1975. From there he worked in banking and as a real estate broker. After enjoying great success in those areas he decided to try something new and went to work as a master mechanic for ESAB of North America, a company that specializes in welding and plasma cutting equipment. There, Harold oversaw the fabrication and installation of the machines.

Lisa-Staggs native of Fort Collins, Colorado, Lisa has resided in Fort Collins all of her life. She is a graduate of Fort Collins High School and attended University of Wyoming majoring in Agriculture and Horticulture.

She worked as the Supervisor of Animal Care, Custodial Services and the Volunteer Coordinator at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 18 years.

In 1987 after the passing of Darth her beloved companion she started Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory Inc. with help and support of her family and turned it into a premier model of excellence. Darth is the contributing factor of why Precious Memories is here today. She passionately shares her vision for the love of all animals and their final provisions for the end of life.

In her free time she enjoys billiards, gardening especially working on her amazing indoor fairy garden and creating crafts from botanicals grown in her indoor and outdoor gardens. She also enjoys football (Go Broncos) and hockey.

She shares her home with many adopted children that found her in their time of need. “Kiki” a Pekinese Pomeranian mix, “Sam” a double yellow headed Amazon Parrot, “Panther” Domestic shorthair feline, “Jake” a male Eclectus Parrot, “Angelica Noel” a Ragdoll, “Cocoa” a cockatiel, “Molly” a Chihuahua, “Alice” a Domestic Long haired feline, “Elvis” a Maltese and her group of outdoor “Hobos” (Squirrels, Blue Jays, Rabbits, Foxes and Raccoons).

Samantha-Staggs

Samantha is the Special Events Coordinator for Precious Memories and is the representative at offsite trade shows and community events. She also answers the phone, works as a driver and assists at the office when needed.

When Samantha isn’t in Fort Collins helping with the family business, she is off traveling the globe with her primary career as an opera singer. Samantha is a graduate of the DePaul School of Music in Chicago with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classic Vocal Performance from the Lamont School of Music at Denver University. She has performed with International Lyric Academy, Musica nella Marche & International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy, DePaul Opera Theater, Emerald City Opera, Opera Colorado, VOICExperience, Songfest, Opera Fort Collins, University of Wyoming Opera Theater, Fort Collins Children’s Theater, and Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

Samantha uses her gift of singing to help further awareness of animals in the Colorado area. For the last two years, she has sung the National Anthem for Puppy Up, an organization raising cancer awareness in people and pets throughout the nation.

You may know Samantha’s dogher very well. KiKi is the official office greeter at Precious Memories. She also has a snow white furbaby feline named Napkin who was rescued from the Denver Dumb Friends League in November and loves his new home and family.

Mike-and-Artie Once the business became more than a two person operation in 1998, Mike became the first person outside the family to join the Precious Memories’ staff. He met Lisa while his wife, Dayna was working at the veterinary teaching hospital during her undergraduate studies at CSU. Mike grew up in Fort Lupton, and attended UNC, where he studied Earth Science.

As a resident of Windsor, his family was directly affected by the tornado back in 2008. Their house was destroyed, and they lost their beloved, 12 year old basset named Flash. At Precious Memories, Mike works with the clinics and hospitals, coordinates with burial clients, maintains their social networks, and is the tour guide for students in the veterinary field. In his spare time, Mike enjoys camping, fishing, shooting, and has worn out 2 Xbox consoles. Mike and his wife Dayna co-own Edwards Veterinary Care in Greeley where she is the veterinarian. Mike and Dayna have a basset hound named Artemis, whom they are training in obedience and tracking.

Pat Seeking a career change, Pat joined the staff in August 2005. Looking for something in the pet industry, Precious Memories was a perfect fit for her and for us. She really enjoys her job and knows she’s helping people during a difficult time.

Born in Berlin, Germany, with her father in the service, Pat had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe in her youth. She made Colorado her home in 1976. She and Lisa worked together previously at CSU in the early 1990’s.

In her free time, Pat enjoys gardening, shopping, going to dog shows, spending time with her friends, and the occasional trip to Blackhawk. Pat has five English Bulldogs at home:Tequlia, Kahlua, Zorro, Raider, and Cosmo

Tina Tina started working part time at Precious Memories on Valentine’s Day in 2006. She met Lisa shooting pool and has played together on the same team for many years. Tina is our ace driver. She has a great sense of direction and can find anything.

Tina grew up in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She has a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. Tina recently retired from a successful glass blowing business, creating beautiful art and building muscle over the past 30 years. She was a member of the Boulder Art Co-op for 25 years. Tina has two dogs and a cat.

Joel web photo 640x522 oel has worked in Colorado for the past fifteen years, during his time in the state he has been a heavy equipment operator and grounds man. He is a Coast Guard veteran and has twin daughters who keep him busy when he is not at work.  

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