History & Staff

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, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

Losing a loved one is never easy. We at Desert Sunset Funeral Home have been providing a strong support network guiding families through a very stressful time for many years. Our caring team is here to help you plan personalized tributes that celebrate your loved ones life and are both meaningful and healing. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer your calls and provide the compassionate care you deserve.

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. 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.

Sarah Johnson
Location Leader & Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Sarah was born and raised in rural Kansas.  She moved to Tucson from Kansas City in 2011 after accepting a job with Adair Funeral Homes and has been at our Desert Sunset location since 2018. She felt called to serve her community and joined the funeral profession in 2005. In 2007, she graduated Cum Laude from Kansas City Kansas Community College, earning her Mortuary Science Degree. As a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer Sarah is available to assist families with planning tributes for their loved ones that are most meaningful and appropriate for their individual needs.  

Sarah spends most of her time away from work with her husband, Mark and grown son, Gage. As a family they have always enjoyed hiking, lifting weights, painting, attending concerts, and rescuing cats and dogs. Sarah has recently developed a deep love for running and hopes to participate in marathons in the future.

Scott Umphrey
Administrative Assistant

Scott Umphrey is new to the funeral industry but has made it his commitment to be compassionate and helpful.  In 2017, he moved to Tucson for a change of scenery from Northeast Indiana.  He has worked in the customer service industry for close to 20 years and is looking forward to bringing his expertise to Desert Sunset.

During his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, board games, and writing.  He has happily built a life in Tucson and is proud to call it home.  He hopes to expand his myriad hobbies to include volunteer work around the city and to enjoying all the surrounding environs.  Travel is also one of his goals, as he hopes to visit the likes of France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and Tokyo.