About Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory, Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado

 
Initially the inspiration for Precious Memories was to honor the passing of Lisa's beloved pet Darth. With limited options, Lisa inquired about burial in a local cemetery. Upon learning that pet burial was not allowed in cemeteries dedicated for people, she decided on cremation. Disappointed with the service that was offered, Lisa and her father Harold came to the conclusion that there needed to be a place in Northern Colorado that catered to the needs of people once their pets had passed.

The next step was getting what used to be a seven acre farm, re-zoned to become a pet cemetery. After many months of soil testing and endless paperwork, along with air pollution studies for the crematory, Precious Memories was given the green light to open. Darth is now buried beneath the statue of Saint Francis just outside the office.
 
About Precious Memories in Collins, CO
 
In October 1989, the facility opened. For the first few years, Harold shouldered the lion's share of the responsibility while Lisa worked at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After retiring from the university, Lisa worked full-time at Precious Memories with her father. In 1998, the business was more than two people could handle and the staff had to be expanded.

In 1995, the second cremation unit was added and a new building was constructed to house them. Since then, two more units have been added. The original unit did not comply with Larimer County's strict air pollution laws any longer and was donated to an animal shelter in Summit County. Since 1989, Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory has played an important role in Northern Colorado, providing the first pet cemetery and cremation facility in the area. We strive to set the highest standards of service and compassion in the pet loss industry.
Our full service cemetery, which is located just east of Fort Collins, has a breathtaking view of Colorado's beautiful scenic mountains. We have three crematories on site that are manufactured with the highest ratings for safety and efficiency. They include the newest technology to ensure that emission standards are exceeded.

As an added convenience for our client, we can work directly with their veterinarian or can refer an in-home veterinary service if preferred. Our main goal during the passing of a pet is to make the experience as stress free as possible. There are no additional charges to pick up and return pets to veterinary clinics and hospitals in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and the surrounding area. We also offer an in-home pick up service for a reasonable fee.
We want you to feel comfortable with the care your pet receives; therefore, we encourage you to ask questions and openly discuss any concerns you may have with our knowledgeable staff.

In 2009 we celebrated our 20th anniversary of providing for the care needs of pets in Northern Colorado and the surrounding areas. Our qualified staff is committed to delivering the highest quality of care in a gentle and compassionate environment.

Lisa and Harold take pride that six employees have continued employment with Precious Memories for over seven years. We are grateful that our company is well respected by clients, veterinarians and the community.
 

Our Staff

 

Harold Kuemmerlin

 
In 1989, Harold & his wife Lila helped their daughter Lisa open Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory. For the first five years, Harold shouldered most of the duties at Precious Memories while Lisa was working at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Due to major health reasons in 2004 Harold reluctantly stepped back from day to day operations but continued to oversee maintenance of the grounds as well as the cremation equipment. He continued to enjoy mowing the cemetery on his Walker lawn mower during the summer months. As a master mechanic, Harold designed and built most of the machinery used at Precious Memories. He was constantly inventing and improving things to make life easier on the staff.
 
 
In his spare time, Harold enjoyed watching sports, especially football. He was a big Bronco fan. He also spent time with Gretchen, a schnauzer who followed him around constantly. Over the years, many other pets have adopted Harold. They include: “Cinder” an Australian Shepherd, “Toro” a black lab (who migrated over from the neighbor's house), “Spicy” a chihuahua, “Scooby” (who was nicknamed “Gumby”), and “Peanut” another chihuahua who was Harold's constant companion.
A Fort Collins native, Harold was born in 1924. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1942 and entered the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) in 1943. There, he trained as a pilot, flying the B-29 bomber aircraft. Upon leaving the service in 1946, He met Lila and they married in 1947. Harold entered the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1954 with a degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. In 1955, Harold started a dental practice and was a driving force in making dentistry more convenient and accessible everyone in Fort Collins area. He retired from his successful practice in 1975. From there he worked in banking and as a real estate broker. After enjoying great success in those areas he decided to try something new and went to work as a master mechanic for ESAB of North America, a company that specializes in welding and plasma cutting equipment. There, Harold oversaw the fabrication and installation of the machines.
 
 

Lisa Kuemmerlin Staggs

 
 
A native of Fort Collins, Colorado, Lisa has resided in Fort Collins all of her life. She is a graduate of Fort Collins High School and attended University of Wyoming majoring in Agriculture and Horticulture.

She worked as the Supervisor of Animal Care, Custodial Services and the Volunteer Coordinator at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 18 years.
 
In 1987 after the passing of Darth her beloved companion she started Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory Inc. with help and support of her family and turned it into a premier model of excellence. Darth is the contributing factor of why Precious Memories is here today. She passionately shares her vision for the love of all animals and their final provisions for the end of life.
In her free time she enjoys billiards, gardening especially working on her amazing indoor fairy garden and creating crafts from botanicals grown in her indoor and outdoor gardens. She also enjoys football (Go Broncos) and hockey.
She shares her home with many adopted children that found her in their time of need. “Kiki” a Pekinese Pomeranian mix, “Sam” a double yellow headed Amazon Parrot, “Panther” Domestic shorthair feline, “Jake” a male Eclectus Parrot, “Angelica Noel” a Ragdoll, “Cocoa” a cockatiel, “Molly” a Chihuahua, “Alice” a Domestic Long haired feline, “Elvis” a Maltese and her group of outdoor “Hobos” (Squirrels, Blue Jays, Rabbits, Foxes and Raccoons).
 
 

Samantha Staggs

 
Samantha is the Special Events Coordinator for Precious Memories and is the representative at offsite trade shows and community events. She also answers the phone, works as a driver and assists at the office when needed.
When Samantha isn't in Fort Collins helping with the family business, she is off traveling the globe with her primary career as an opera singer. Samantha is a graduate of the DePaul School of Music in Chicago with a Master's degree in Vocal Performance and holds a Bachelor's degree in Classic Vocal Performance from the Lamont School of Music at Denver University. She has performed with International Lyric Academy, Musica nella Marche & International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy, DePaul Opera Theater, Emerald City Opera, Opera Colorado, VOICExperience, Songfest, Opera Fort Collins, University of Wyoming Opera Theater, Fort Collins Children's Theater, and Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
 
 
Samantha uses her gift of singing to help further awareness of animals in the Colorado area. For the last two years, she has sung the National Anthem for Puppy Up, an organization raising cancer awareness in people and pets throughout the nation.

You may know Samantha's dogher very well. KiKi is the official office greeter at Precious Memories. She also has a snow white furbaby feline named Napkin who was rescued from the Denver Dumb Friends League in November and loves his new home and family.
 
 

Mike

 
 
Once the business became more than a two person operation in 1998, Mike became the first person outside the family to join the Precious Memories' staff. He met Lisa while his wife, Dayna was working at the veterinary teaching hospital during her undergraduate studies at CSU. Mike grew up in Fort Lupton, and attended UNC, where he studied Earth Science.
 
As a resident of Windsor, his family was directly affected by the tornado back in 2008. Their house was destroyed, and they lost their beloved, 12 year old basset named Flash. At Precious Memories, Mike works with the clinics and hospitals, coordinates with burial clients, maintains their social networks, and is the tour guide for students in the veterinary field. In his spare time, Mike enjoys camping, fishing, shooting, and has worn out 2 Xbox consoles. Mike and his wife Dayna co-own Edwards Veterinary Care in Greeley where she is the veterinarian. Mike and Dayna have a basset hound named Artemis, whom they are training in obedience and tracking.
 
 

Pat

 
Seeking a career change, Pat joined the staff in August 2005. Looking for something in the pet industry, Precious Memories was a perfect fit for her and for us. She really enjoys her job and knows she's helping people during a difficult time.
Born in Berlin, Germany, with her father in the service, Pat had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe in her youth. She made Colorado her home in 1976. She and Lisa worked together previously at CSU in the early 1990s.
 
 
In her free time, Pat enjoys gardening, shopping, going to dog shows, spending time with her friends, and the occasional trip to Blackhawk. Pat has five English Bulldogs at home:Tequlia, Kahlua, Zorro, Raider, and Cosmo
 
 

Tina

 
 
Tina started working part time at Precious Memories on Valentine's Day in 2006. She met Lisa shooting pool and has played together on the same team for many years. Tina is our ace driver. She has a great sense of direction and can find anything.
Tina grew up in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She has a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. Tina recently retired from a successful glass blowing business, creating beautiful art and building muscle over the past 30 years. She was a member of the Boulder Art Co-op for 25 years. Tina has two dogs and a cat.
 
 
 

Joel

 
Joel has worked in Colorado for the past fifteen years, during his time in the state he has been a heavy equipment operator and grounds man. He is a Coast Guard veteran and has twin daughters who keep him busy when he is not at work.
 
 
 

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