James M. Smith FDR1708 EMB6336 CRM156
Co-owner, Funeral Director and Crematory Manager
Born, reared and educated in Petaluma, Jim is a third generation “Petalumian”. He graduated from St. Vincent High School, attended Santa Rosa Junior College, and graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Jim joined the staff of Parent Funeral Chapel in June of 1973 as a funeral director and embalmer. In 1977 he became a partner along with Martin “Buzz” Rodgers and Arthur W. Parent and in 1981 Jim and Buzz purchased the remaining stock from Mr. Parent. The following year, Jim and Buzz purchased the Sorensen Funeral Home and merged the businesses to the Parent location. In 1984 they opened a branch in Sebastopol and in 2005 purchased the Lafferty and Smith Colonial Chapel in Santa Rosa. As an active member of our community, Jim has been a member of the Petaluma Kiwanis Club for 47 years, a longtime member of the Petaluma Elks Lodge #901, Nicasio Parlor #183, Native Sons of the Golden West, Harmony Grove Druids, Sonoma-Marin Italian Club, Italian Catholic Federation, Sebastopol Council Young Men's Institute, Petaluma Golf and Country Club and Bodega Harbour Golf Club. He has also served on the boards of the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department and the Petaluma Educational Foundation. He is a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Parish in Bodega, CA. Jim and his wife Jackie have been married since 1979 and reside in Bodega Bay. Jackie retired after a 36 year career as an elementary school teacher in Windsor, CA.