Callahan-Edfast Mortuary is the oldest locally owned and operated mortuary in Grand Junction. We have provided caring service to the Western Slope for 99 years.
T. F. Callahan founded it in 1910. In 1944, William J. Callahan and Virginia Stephenson, son and daughter of T. F. bought the business. In 1956, Weston P. Edfast joined forces with the Callahan family and they moved the business from 3rd & White Avenue to Sherwood Drive. In 1975, Michael Blackburn joined William, Weston and Janice Callahan as a partner, and in 1990 Michael and Nikki Blackburn bought the mortuary, becoming its sole owners. They are a family-owned, family-centered staff who pride themselves on being an active part of the Grand Junction community. Mike has served on numerous boards of directors in the community including Community Hospital, St. Mary’s Home Health, Rocky Mountain HMO, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts Grand Junction Chamber and he is a member of Downtown Grand Junction Rotary Club. Nikki serves on the board for the Counseling and Education Center (CEC), Art Space board and helps on various community fundraising projects.
The staff also includes Michelle Blackburn Sulley, who is active in Art Space, Rod Guthals, general manager, Gary L. Blackburn, Bob Ferguson, Daryl Pridy, who is active in Kiwanis and Grand Junction Chamber functions, Steve Stogsdill, Rik Vasquez, Claudia Metz, Charles Craig, Peggy Cherry, John Foreman, Freida Berry, Dennis Seuferer and our independent trust and insurance representatives, Sandra Johnson, who is active in RSVP and Fruita Chamber and Abel Chavez.
In December 1997, the mortuary moved from its Sherwood Drive location to 2515 Patterson Road. The facility features one chapel, three visitation rooms, a lounge that is available for after funeral coffees or lunches, an on-site crematory and a columbarium on the grounds for inurnment of cremated remains. The funeral home offers pre-paid plans and insurance as well.
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary is a member of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and Selected Independent Funeral Homes (membership by invitation only).
Mike and Nikki, along with their staff, work diligently to provide the best personal and caring attention to each service and the needs of each family. Services are personal and the family at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary wants yours to be a personalized and healing experience.