Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Darling & Fischer Mortuaries was founded in 1931 by Rev. Roger Darling with Darling Funeral Home on the corner of 10th and Santa Clara streets in San Jose California. Clyde Fischer purchased the funeral home from Rev. Darling and Darling Funeral Home became Darling & Fischer Garden Chapel. Clyde was an active member of the community serving as San Jose mayor from 1932-1937 and on the city council in the 1960's. Clyde was instrumental in establishing Hands Across the Border providing school and medical supplies to Mexico. He adopted the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Orphanage in Mexicali, Mexico and provided funding and supplies for many years.
Clyde's son Jack joined the business in 1944. They expanded the family business by opening the Memorial Chapel in downtown Campbell in 1953 and Chapel of the Hills in downtown Los Gatos in 1954. In 1978 they purchased Los Gatos Memorial Park to provide burial and cremation options for the community. Jack Fischer's son, Jeff, joined the business in 1976 after graduating from Cal Poly. Jeff continued the family tradition of community involvement and serves on the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Hospital, the San Jose/Evergreen Community College Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Evergreen School District.
In 1998 Darling & Fischer merged with Carriage Services of California to provide added value to the families we serve. The Fischer family continues to be active in the business and community. Darling & Fischer cares about the families we serve and our community. Our staff of professional directors has experience compassionately caring for families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. We ensure that each service reflects the unique life of the deceased and is meaningful and supportive for family and friends. We offer creative ideas and options to help tailor your arrangements to suit your family as you create a tribute to your loved one. Darling & Fischer offers a wide variety of choices for burial, cremation, entombment, services and ceremonies. Our staff will offer counsel and guidance as you consider arrangements and options. We take care of all the complex details for you. Please contact us so that we can answer your questions or arrange a time to meet.
Our Valued Staff
Bob Finley CPA CMA CFM, Managing Partner
Jeff Fischer, Funeral Director, Consultant - Marketing & Outreach
Jeff is a former owner and is still active in our business as a funeral director and consultant. His extensive experience and resources help us provide the best possible care and service for every family, every time.
Cornell Unzner, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Cornell joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2011. He has tremendous depth of experience helping families connect, honor and remember. He is very experienced in all traditions and can help families with visitations, services or ceremonies whether they choose burial or cremation.
James Caldwell, Funeral Arranger
James joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2009. He assists families by taking care of all the details related to their arrangements, whether they are considering burial or cremation, and the customized memorial services or ceremonies to memorialize their loved one.
Andrea Habing, Funeral Arranger
Andrea joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2010. She has years of experience serving families and caring for their loved ones through services, ceremonies and memorialization.
Richard Katz, Funeral Arranger
Richard joined the Darling Fischer team in 2010. He has several years of funeral home and cemetery experience. He assists families with arrangements and services for their loved ones and provides a welcoming environment of hospitality and care. Richard is also an accomplished musician.
Michelle Rabinowitz, Embalmer/Funeral Director
Michelle joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2006. She has many years of experience caring for family's loved ones and helping families make their service or ceremony arrangements.
Kendell Nagel, Administrative Assistant/ Death Certificates
Kendell joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2010. She brings extensive experience with EDRS, permits and family support. She insures that families are able to schedule their services and all of the necessary paperwork is complete.
Linda McCowan, Service Director
Linda joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2007. She serves and guides families during their memorial service or ceremony with the best care and nurture.
Gary Cayton, Service Director
Gary joined the Darling Fischer staff in 1993. He is Darling FIscher's service director for Little Treasures, providing burial services for abandoned infants. Gary also leads the Every 15 Minutes programs in local high schools.
William Hayden, Service Director
William joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2006. He is an experienced service ambassador guiding and assisting families with their services and ceremonies. As a pastor, William is also able to provide care for grieving families.
Mai Pham, Support and Administrative Staff
Mai joined the Darling Fischer staff in 2006. She supports the arrangement and service staff by taking care of a wide variety of details so that we can provide the best possible service to all the families Darling Fischer serves.