Callahan-Edfast sold; few changes expected

The owners of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary have sold the business to a Fort Collins-based funeral-service provider, but the Grand Valley’s oldest and largest mortuary will continue to operate much like it has over the last 102 years.

Owners Mike and Nikki Blackburn, who sold the mortuary to Allnutt Funeral Service on Dec. 28, plan to remain with the business for the next couple of years during the transition period.

“Mike and I aren’t going anywhere,” Nikki Blackburn said Thursday. “We’re still here. We’re just going to slow down a little.”

She said the couple had been thinking about selling the business, located at 2515 Patterson Road, for a few years and fielded a number of inquiries, including one from Allnut Funeral Service. Blackburn said they ultimately settled on Allnut because it’s a family owned business and a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

“We wanted a good fit for the community,” she said, adding they’ve been friends with Allnut for 25 years.

Rick Allnut is the fifth-generation owner of Allnut Funeral Service, which has been in business for 125 years and has locations in Estes Park, Greeley and Loveland, according to the company’s website.

Blackburn said Allnut will rent a house in the valley and spend “a good portion” of his time here.

She said the Callahan-Edfast name will remain, as will all of the mortuary’s staff. Mike Blackburn’s brother, Gary Blackburn, who served as an assistant manager, funeral director and embalmer, will become the general manager.

“It will be business as usual,” Nikki Blackburn said. “People wouldn’t even notice the transition if they came here.”

Mike and Nikki Blackburn joined Callahan-Edfast in 1975 and 1978, respectively, and purchased the business in 1990.


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