History & Staff

At Healey Mortuary and Crematory, we provide personalized service options that 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.

Paul Nelson
Mission Market Leader

Paul is a native of El Dorado County the Sierra Nevada Gold Country and he began his journey in the funeral industry when he was just a sophomore in high school. After graduating high school Paul served his apprenticeship in Southern California, he went on to earn his Mortuary Science Degree from Mt. Hood College in the state of Oregon in 1994. Following college Paul was employed as a Funeral Director in Folsom, California where he spent the next ten years learning the operations of both the funeral service and cemetery service. He went on to start his own funeral home in South Lake Tahoe and then spent thirteen years managing a funeral home and cemetery in Amador County. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Manager, Cemetery Manager, Cemetery Broker and a licensed pre-planning insurance agent.

Paul actively served his community as a volunteer California State Firefighter and EMT for many years, he actively served his church as an usher, taught biblical based financial classes, he was an active member of the Pastor Search Committee and was part of many community outreach ministry programs.

Paul believes regardless of one’s role in the funeral industry, that is whether you’re running a weed eater, washing a vehicle, managing a funeral home or anything in between that we all play a role in a family’s experience both negative experiences and positive experiences. “We have an amazing and unique opportunity to join others during an incredibly difficult season in their lives, if done with compassion, dignity and respect we can make an incredible difference”.

Paul and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of three, Lance, Dalany and Wesley whom are now raising their children in Paul’s hometown. In 2018 Paul and his wife relocated to the Monterey Peninsula to join the Mission Group team. Paul and Nicole are enjoying the beach life, exploring the coast and experiencing new friendships and cultures. 

Dave Healey
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.

Ellen Medina
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 Banuelos
Office Manager

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. 

Doug Lockhart
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. 

Vivian Olivares
Funeral Arranger/Crematory Technician

Vivian has lived in the Salinas area since Junior High.  She attended North Salinas High School where she met her high school sweetheart now husband.  They have four beautiful children.  Vivian was a stay-at-home mom for many years and recently began a career again.  The funeral industry was always a passion for Vivian so she was very pleased to join the staff of Healey Mortuary.  In her spare time she works on her own budding business of creating Memorial Candles called Can Dell Light by Viv.  She enjoys helping families grieve in their own personal way so each celebration of life is unique. 

Alex Suarez
Funeral Attendant

I’m a local boy, born and raised right here in South Monterey County.  Once I graduated from high school I obtained my personal trainer license.  I put my license to good use working as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  It was in this job that I developed a passion for helping people. 

Working at Healey Mortuary will allow me to help grieving families.  It’s my hope to be able to offer these families some compassion at a time of deep loss.

In my free time I enjoy gardening and working on my Chevy truck.