OUR HISTORY

Welcome to DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory web site. We are Española’s only hometown owned funeral home and are family operated. Being born and raised in Espanola, we attended the same schools as our clients, graduated together, live in the same community, thereby gaining a reputation for compassion and trustworthiness. We extend our service throughout all surrounding communities and beyond if requested as well. Johnny C. DeVargas, founder and principal Funeral Director began his career in his early teens.  Johnny has a passion for the work he does and recognized at a tender age that he wanted to devote his life in service to families during the most vulnerable time in a person’s life.  At the age of 13, he began his apprenticeship and mentoring at the skilled guidance of a local funeral home owner.

Johnny was soon identified as having the desire, empathy, people skills, and artistic talents necessary to succeed in this very specialized field. Johnny’s career experience spans over 40 years, primarily in the Española Valley and in Santa Fe. In humble beginnings, he founded DeVargas Funeral Home in March of 1999 in a very small structure, formerly the Forestry Service Building on the Los Alamos Highway in Española.  Not long after, Johnny was blessed with realizing his dream of today’s more modern, larger and state-of-the-art facility. We are conveniently located in the heart of the Espanola Valley, we have 3 beautiful chapels to accommodate multiple services at the same time, an entire fleet of stately new vehicles, ample parking, and beautiful serene surroundings. DeVargas Funeral Home is proud to offer the Española Valley's newest crematory facility designed for comfort when witnessing is requested. Johnny has passed the New Mexico State Board of Thanatopractice and the National Conference of Examining Boards and is certified with both .

Place your trust in the DeVargas Funeral Home, a local owner and staff that intimately know the customs and traditions that are so familiar and important to us all. Because we are the only funeral home owners in service today in the Española Valley that have been doing so for the longest period of time, we understand how important culture and familiarity are to our clients. Most importantly, when you trust your loved ones to the care of DeVargas Funeral Home, you rest assured that we take that trust most seriously. We are proud members of the National Funeral Directors Association and the New Mexico Funeral Service Association, but more than that, we are proud native members of this community.  We offer competitive and affordable prices, and no one is ever turned away.  Most importantly, we make the promise to never sacrifice quality when accommodating your needs. 
 

DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory