Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Inc. started in the early 1950s, when a man named Anderson, out of Texas, began purchasing land in smaller communities in the Western United States. Mr. Anderson was experienced in developing cemeteries and intended on establishing a network of them in the smaller cities around the West. He acquired 40 acres in the quiet city of Vancouver, Washington and went about the creation of Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Within a few short years the Waterhouse family, with interests in the lumber industry in Oregon, acquired the cemetery and began to expand on what Anderson had started.
In 1968, Willard J. Carlson, of Spokane, Washington, was hired by the Waterhouse family as minority partner to manage, promote and further develop the cemetery. He had previous experience as General Manager of two large cemeteries in the Spokane area. Carlson relocated his family to pursue a dream. A dream of providing him, his wife and their children a business they could call their own. Within a few years the Waterhouse family sold the remaining interest to Mr. Carlson.
In 1974 a full service funeral chapel was built and added to the cemetery operation, thereby creating a unique combination of the two together on one property. This helped to provide convenience, comfort and unparallel service to the Clark County families at a lower cost. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel continues to be Clark County's only combination cemetery and funeral chapel.
Willard Carlson passed away July 3, 2010. His wife, Normal Carlson currently serves at chairman of the board. Their eldest son, Bradley J. Carlson, is President and CEO and handles the day to day operation of the company. Brad joined the family firm in 1987, after working for over 10 years in computer sales and sales management. Brad is joined by his wife Mary, as well as third generation Carlsons. Their eldest daughter Lindsay is the Vice President of Administraion and Megan is the Vice President of Crematory Operations. There are other family members in the business as well.
Today that quiet city of Vancouver and Clark County have grown and changed tremendously from what they were back in 1951. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel has changed right along with them. The cemetery now consists of over 80 acres total with only 40 acres developed. That leaves approximately 40 acres for future expansion.
Also, on November 1, 2004, Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel in Vancouver, WA was acquired by Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Inc. This broadens the offerings of death care services able to be offered to Clark County families. Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel has been a full service provider of excellent funeral related services since 1912.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel along with Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel is a trusted source for your entire funeral, cremation and cemetery related needs in Clark County.