Once you request the services of Marlatt Funeral Home, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.


Marlatt Funeral Home is family owned and operated and was founded in 1957 by Dean and Nell Marlatt. Their son Kim, his wife Cindy, and son Karl now carry on the family tradition of compassion and service. All faiths and cultures are welcomed and accommodated.

Marlatt Funeral Home

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Kim Marlatt Owner kimmarlatt@marlatt.com

Kim is the oldest son of the funeral home’s founders, Nell & Dean Marlatt. Growing up in Kent, he helped out at the funeral home, the Marlatt Ambulance Service, and Pet Haven- the family’s pet cemetery on Kent’s West Hill.

 

As a young adult, he attended college at Big Bend in Moses Lake, studying aviation. After the death of his father in 1980 he came back to the funeral home to help his mother run the business; which he and his wife Cindy purchased in 1989. He earned his funeral service degree in 1990 at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and has operated the business since. 

 

Kim grew up working side by side with his parents and witnessed the pain of those who were mourning a loss.  Because of this, Kim developed a deep compassion and love of people, as well as a genuine ability to serve others.  Kim currently serves on the Funeral Service Education Board at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.  He takes great care in educating the next generation of funeral directors in order to help them develop the dedication, professionalism and compassion needed to help the families they have the honor to serve.

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Cindy Marlatt Owner cindy@marlatt.com

Cindy was born in San Diego and moved to Seattle as a young child.  In the early 80’s Cindy worked as a UPS driver and met Kim while delivering packages to the funeral home.  Cindy and Kim married in 1985 and raised their 5 children together.

 

After marrying Kim, Cindy went to school and became a licensed Funeral Director.  In 1989 Cindy and Kim purchased the funeral home from Kim’s mother Nell.  Cindy and Kim worked side by side for 25 years, compassionately serving the community and helping support those who suffered a loss.

 

In 2008, Cindy was ready to branch out of the funeral home industry and fulfill her passion of fashion design.  She went back to school and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Seattle.  She excelled in the program and had a chance to participate in a number of local fashion shows, as well as being cast for season 11 of the TV show ‘Project Runway’.

 

Cindy has now retired from the day to day operations of the funeral home but continues to work on her fashion design projects and her other job as Grandma to her 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

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Karl Marlatt Funeral Director karl@marlatt.com

Karl is the son of Kim and Cindy Marlatt and is proud to be a 3rd generation funeral director.  Karl grew up helping his parents at the funeral home and officially began working for the funeral home in 2006. In 2013 Karl graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a degree in Funeral Service.

 

Karl is honored to be able to follow in his parent’s footsteps and in the legacy of compassion and service they have created.  He takes a great deal of care helping the families he is able to serve.  He genuinely feels that being a funeral director is his calling in life and appreciates the opportunities he’s given to help those who have lost a loved one and being able to guide them through one of the most difficult times of their lives.

 

Karl is married to Mary, who is the Pre-Planning Advisor at Marlatt Funeral Home.  They started dating in high school and married in 2007.  They have two young sons together and enjoy getting to spend time with them looking for treasures at the local beaches and exploring new parks and trails.

 

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Mary Marlatt Funeral Pre-Planning Advisor mary@marlatt.com

Mary is the wife of Karl and joined the family business in 2017 as their Pre-Planning Advisor.  Prior to working at the funeral home, Mary worked for over 10 years in finance and human resources for a large not-for-profit healthcare organization. 

 

Mary grew up in the Kent area. She completed college at Central Washington University and received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting and Supply Chain Management.

 

Mary has always had a passion for helping those in need.  While working in the healthcare industry, she had the opportunity to run numerous charity drives geared towards helping those who needed it the most in our community.  Her dedication to helping others has made her transition to the funeral home seamless. 

 

One of the most enjoyable parts of Mary’s role as a Pre-Planning Advisor at Marlatt’s is having the opportunity to sit down with individuals and listen to their stories.  She is able to help them plan themselves a good good-bye and give them the peace of mind that they will be taken care of when they pass and their loved ones will have minimal decisions to make on their behalf. 

 

When not working, Mary enjoys going on adventures with Karl and their two sons, DIY projects and baking.    

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Kim G. Brown Funeral Director kimbrown@marlatt.com

Kim began his career in 1972 working as a groundskeeper at the Forestvale Cemetery Association, Helena, MT; attended the University of Montana, Missoula, MT; San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, San Francisco, CA then working in his own trade business for 9 local funeral homes while working full time at the Sinai Memorial Chapel of San Francisco for 10 years. In 1992, he relocated to Spokane, WA , working as a Funeral Director/Embalmer for Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. In 2001 he relocated to Kent, WA where he worked as lead Funeral Director and Embalmer for Bonney-Watson Memorial Corp. for 14 years and finally beginning his job as Funeral Director/Embalmer at the Marlatt Funeral Home of Kent, WA in 2015.

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Bethann Lainfiesta Funeral Director beth@marlatt.com

Bethann Lainfiesta joined the Marlatt Funeral Home team in 2014. Beth earned her Associates Degree in Funeral service from Lake Washington Tech in 2012 and in 2015 she obtain her Bachelors in Health Care management. Beth is also a licensed pre planner. She is married and has one daughter. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

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Kati Fallon Funeral Director kati@marlatt.com

Kati joined the Marlatt team in 2015. She earned a bachelors degree in oboe performance from the University of Montana in 2005, and earned her associates degree in funeral service from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2015. She is an intern funeral director and embalmer working toward full licensure under Kim Brown's tutelage. She lives with her beloved Balinese cat, Phailin. In her spare time, Kati enjoys knitting, listening to opera, and growing orchids and tropical hibiscus.

Kim Marlatt

Owner
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Kim is the oldest son of the funeral home’s founders, Nell & Dean Marlatt. Growing up in Kent, he helped out at the funeral home, the Marlatt Ambulance Service, and Pet Haven- the family’s pet cemetery on Kent’s West Hill.

 

As a young adult, he attended college at Big Bend in Moses Lake, studying aviation. After the death of his father in 1980 he came back to the funeral home to help his mother run the business; which he and his wife Cindy purchased in 1989. He earned his funeral service degree in 1990 at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and has operated the business since. 

 

Kim grew up working side by side with his parents and witnessed the pain of those who were mourning a loss.  Because of this, Kim developed a deep compassion and love of people, as well as a genuine ability to serve others.  Kim currently serves on the Funeral Service Education Board at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.  He takes great care in educating the next generation of funeral directors in order to help them develop the dedication, professionalism and compassion needed to help the families they have the honor to serve.

Cindy Marlatt

Owner
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Cindy was born in San Diego and moved to Seattle as a young child.  In the early 80’s Cindy worked as a UPS driver and met Kim while delivering packages to the funeral home.  Cindy and Kim married in 1985 and raised their 5 children together.

 

After marrying Kim, Cindy went to school and became a licensed Funeral Director.  In 1989 Cindy and Kim purchased the funeral home from Kim’s mother Nell.  Cindy and Kim worked side by side for 25 years, compassionately serving the community and helping support those who suffered a loss.

 

In 2008, Cindy was ready to branch out of the funeral home industry and fulfill her passion of fashion design.  She went back to school and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Seattle.  She excelled in the program and had a chance to participate in a number of local fashion shows, as well as being cast for season 11 of the TV show ‘Project Runway’.

 

Cindy has now retired from the day to day operations of the funeral home but continues to work on her fashion design projects and her other job as Grandma to her 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Karl Marlatt

Funeral Director
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Karl is the son of Kim and Cindy Marlatt and is proud to be a 3rd generation funeral director.  Karl grew up helping his parents at the funeral home and officially began working for the funeral home in 2006. In 2013 Karl graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a degree in Funeral Service.

 

Karl is honored to be able to follow in his parent’s footsteps and in the legacy of compassion and service they have created.  He takes a great deal of care helping the families he is able to serve.  He genuinely feels that being a funeral director is his calling in life and appreciates the opportunities he’s given to help those who have lost a loved one and being able to guide them through one of the most difficult times of their lives.

 

Karl is married to Mary, who is the Pre-Planning Advisor at Marlatt Funeral Home.  They started dating in high school and married in 2007.  They have two young sons together and enjoy getting to spend time with them looking for treasures at the local beaches and exploring new parks and trails.

 

Mary Marlatt

Funeral Pre-Planning Advisor
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Mary is the wife of Karl and joined the family business in 2017 as their Pre-Planning Advisor.  Prior to working at the funeral home, Mary worked for over 10 years in finance and human resources for a large not-for-profit healthcare organization. 

 

Mary grew up in the Kent area. She completed college at Central Washington University and received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting and Supply Chain Management.

 

Mary has always had a passion for helping those in need.  While working in the healthcare industry, she had the opportunity to run numerous charity drives geared towards helping those who needed it the most in our community.  Her dedication to helping others has made her transition to the funeral home seamless. 

 

One of the most enjoyable parts of Mary’s role as a Pre-Planning Advisor at Marlatt’s is having the opportunity to sit down with individuals and listen to their stories.  She is able to help them plan themselves a good good-bye and give them the peace of mind that they will be taken care of when they pass and their loved ones will have minimal decisions to make on their behalf. 

 

When not working, Mary enjoys going on adventures with Karl and their two sons, DIY projects and baking.    

Kim G. Brown

Funeral Director
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Kim began his career in 1972 working as a groundskeeper at the Forestvale Cemetery Association, Helena, MT; attended the University of Montana, Missoula, MT; San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, San Francisco, CA then working in his own trade business for 9 local funeral homes while working full time at the Sinai Memorial Chapel of San Francisco for 10 years. In 1992, he relocated to Spokane, WA , working as a Funeral Director/Embalmer for Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. In 2001 he relocated to Kent, WA where he worked as lead Funeral Director and Embalmer for Bonney-Watson Memorial Corp. for 14 years and finally beginning his job as Funeral Director/Embalmer at the Marlatt Funeral Home of Kent, WA in 2015.

Bethann Lainfiesta

Funeral Director
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Bethann Lainfiesta joined the Marlatt Funeral Home team in 2014. Beth earned her Associates Degree in Funeral service from Lake Washington Tech in 2012 and in 2015 she obtain her Bachelors in Health Care management. Beth is also a licensed pre planner. She is married and has one daughter. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Kati Fallon

Funeral Director
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Kati joined the Marlatt team in 2015. She earned a bachelors degree in oboe performance from the University of Montana in 2005, and earned her associates degree in funeral service from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2015. She is an intern funeral director and embalmer working toward full licensure under Kim Brown's tutelage. She lives with her beloved Balinese cat, Phailin. In her spare time, Kati enjoys knitting, listening to opera, and growing orchids and tropical hibiscus.