History & Staff
At Healey Mortuary and Crematory, we have provided customizable memorial services for over 60 years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Salinas and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Herbert C. Healey
As a veteran of World War II, Herbert C. Healey hoped to find a way he could continue to meaningfully help his county and community grow. Recognizing the need for compassionate funeral care in the Salinas Valley, he attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director. Upon obtaining his license, Herbert and his wife, Joyce, founded the Salinas Valley Mortuary in 1956 to help serve the families in the Salinas Valley area.
The Healeys constantly strived to create a caring atmosphere of unique and compassionate memorial services. Their funeral home came to be known as welcoming and warm for all community members, no matter their background.
Herbert and Joyce’s lifelong mission was to unselfishly serve area families based on their strong, trusting relationship with their community – something we honor to this day. It is our wish to provide every family with the utmost care to create a truly meaningful life celebration. Because we care about the families we serve and the life of their loved one, we listen carefully to your needs so that we can create a service that is personal and meaningful.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Healey Mortuary & Crematory our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Crematory Manager
Dave Healey graduated from Sacramento State University and received his mortuary degree from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He had an apprenticeship at Lodi Funeral Home for two years.
He began working at Healey Mortuary in 1984. His passion is for his exemplary service to families.
Dave is currently responsible for the ongoing operations of the mortuary which include meetings with families, conducting funerals and organizing staff and staff assignments.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Advanced Planning
Ellen Medina was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts before she relocated to California to attend the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College. She graduated with her degree in Mortuary Science in 2005 and has spent her career working in Southern and Central California. Before coming to Healey Mortuary in April of 2018 she spent 4.5 years with Mission Memorial Park & Seaside Funeral Home and Mission Mortuary in Monterey. Ellen is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer as well as being licensed for Funeral Pre-Need Insurance. She is also a licensed Cemetery Manager and Cemetery Broker.
Ellen is the proud mother of a sweet baby girl and loves quality family time. She loves nature, traveling the world, reading, and being creative and artistic whenever possible.
Diane grew up in South Monterey County. After High School, she settled in to Salinas and soon married. Diane received her Associates Degree by going to night school and began working at local CPA Firms. After Diane started a family of her own, she knew raising them was the job she wanted to do. Now with her children teenagers, she wanted to get back to work and wanted a profession that was rewarding. The funeral business landed in her lap and she has been grateful every since. She started in the industry with Mission Memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home in 2017 and recently transferred to Healey Mortuary as the Bookkeeper and Office Manager.
Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach and Paramount area; Linda moved to the Monterey Bay in 1993. She has over 35 years experience as a seasoned Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Adminstrative Assistant and Accounting Clerk. Linda previously was employed with Monterey County at the Natividad Medical Center where she wore many hats and excelled in many roles for many years. One of which was an HIV Counselor; where her inherent desire to help others and the ability to work directly with grieving families proved to very beneficial when she transitioned from Healthcare to the Funeral Industry.
Linda began her career in the Funeral Industry as Death Care Professional in 2006 with the Healey Mortuary and has been working on the frontline and in the backdrop assisting families and staff to this present time. With her strong case management and net-working skills along with her expertise; Linda ensures loved-ones wishes are fulfilled in a timely manner. She considers this field to be very honorable, helping families during a most difficult time.
Her interests are reading; especially historical and science fiction, being a “beach bum” listening to the waves, attending live music and spending time with her family – most of all her grandchildren who she says, “Are the Light of her Life”.
Funeral Arranger/Licensed Embalmer
Doug is originally from Texas and spent many years in the Bay Area before moving to the Salinas Valley. He graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and has been in the Funeral Industry for over 27 years as a licensed Embalmer and Arranger. He has spent the last 20 years at Healey Mortuary.
His favorite pastime is to ride his Harley Davidson every chance he gets. He also enjoys riding mountain bikes on the trails near the ocean, mostly near Marina and Monterey and shopping in the Bay Area. Doug considers himself a BBQ Pitmaster and an excellent cook. His favorite eatery is Wing Stop. He has two Chihuahuas, Zoey and Leonard and two cats, Peter and Hector. He’s an Oakland Raiders, Nascar Racing and Moto GP fan.
Funeral Arranger/Crematory Operator
Dennis Cortez was born and raised in Salinas, Ca; residing within walking distance of Healey Mortuary. Dennis graduated from the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium as a Recruit Officer and later obtained a Degree in Criminal Justice. After Graduation, Dennis held a part-time position at Struve & Laporte Funeral Home and AltaVista Mortuary, prior to transferring to Healey Mortuary as a full time employee.
His passions include spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, and competing in obstacle races and sports with his friends and family.
Dennis also volunteers his free time mentoring and counseling at risk youth throughout Monterey County and volunteering with nonprofit organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club.