Brock Wilks, Funeral Director/Owner
Brock started his funeral service career in 2002 at a local area funeral home. He obtained his degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado in 2004. He now looks forward to many years of dedicated loyal service to the bereaved here in his hometown of Chubbuck, Pocatello and the surrounding area.
Brock is a lifelong resident of Pocatello. He was raised and attended schools in Pocatello, graduating from Highland High School and completing his undergraduate work at Idaho State University.
Brock and his wife Laci have six children. The Wilks family loves living in an area that affords them with the opportunity to experience the beautiful outdoors. They love to spend as much time as they can comping in the mountains. They also love to travel and take road trips.
Craig Barnes, Funeral Director/Owner
Being raised in Marsh Valley, Craig Barnes grew up loving Southeast Idaho and the great outdoors. He graduated from Marsh Valley High School in 1988. During his senior year a close friend of his died in a skiing accident; thus, introducing him to the funeral profession. Craig has been in the funeral profession for over 16 years working in both Utah and Idaho.
Craig values the principles of hard work, integrity, and service taught to him by his family and community. He is involved in his church, Boy Scouts of America, Chamber of Commerce, Foster Parenting, PTA, Every 15 minutes, Friends of the Cemetery Board, many other community sporting groups and service projects.
When not at work, Craig takes great pride in spending time with his wife, Brandi, and their four children at home. Their family too enjoys many of the outdoor adventures offered throughout Southeast Idaho.
Shawn Cobbley, Funeral Director
Shawn Cobbley has been with Wilks Funeral Home since 2014. Shawn was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Highland High School in 2004. He secondary education is very diverse. He graduated with his degree in Mortuary Science from Oregon's Mt. Hood Community College in 2010. He also received an associate's degree in Instrumentation and Controls as well as a Bachelors of Applied Science from Idaho State University.
Shawn was introduced to the funeral profession when he lost his own grandmother at age 16. Ever since that time he has been drawn to serve those who have lost someone close to them. Shawn has served in Utah and Idaho as a funeral director.
Shawn and his wife, Trina, love the lifestyle that is offered from living in Southeast Idaho. They enjoy spending time with family, being involved in the community and enjoying the outdoors.
Kari May, Funeral Planning Advisor
Kari May has been with Wilks Funeral Home since 2009. Kari was born and raised in Southeast Idaho where she graduated from Marsh Valley High School. After graduation, Kari went on to earn her life and health insurance license and also attended Idaho State University majoring in public health. Kari then served a mission for her church to Santiago, Chile. Upon returning from her mission, she continued her education and graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in health education and a minor in Spanish.
Kari lives in Chubbuck with her husband, Kurt and their five children. She enjoys reading, jogging, softball, cycling, cooking, camping and anything that is family oriented. Kari has enjoyed serving the people in our community with their funeral planning for the past 8 years and looks forward to many more years of service.
Deanna Williams, Office Manager
Deanna was born in the small town of Moore, Idaho. There she was raised along with her three sisters. She attended schools in Moore and Arco, Idaho, graduated from Butte County High School in 1974. She then moved to Pocatello in 1979. In 1994 Deanna married the love of her life, Richard Williams. They met while she was working at a bank. Richard wanted to thank her for her kindness and so asked what he could do for her, she off handedly said, “Send me flowers.” They spent 18 years together until Richard passed away in 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer.
Deanna spent 35 years in the banking industry, working for Idaho Bank & Trust, Key Bank and D.L. Evans Bank. With a widely known reputation for kindness and caring she decided to make a career change and began working at Wilks Funeral Home in 2015.
Deanna enjoys reading in her spare time. She loves anything to do with family and spending time with good friends. Deanna looks forward to many years of kindly serving those who have lost loved ones.
Gordon & Tamra Wilks, Funeral Assistants
Gordon and Tamra Wilks are both long time residents of the Pocatello area. Gordon was born in Bloomington, Idaho, Tamra in Pocatello. They were both educated in the Pocatello School System, and Gordon graduated from Idaho State University in 1968. Gordon and Tamra raised and educated 6 children in Pocatello. All have attended Idaho State University.
Gordon served aboard the guided missle destroyer PARSONS in the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin during the Viet Nam era. Gordon was discharged from the navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Gordon has been the Broker/Owner of Gate City Real Estate Company, since 1982, and has been active in local youth programs, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, and Junior Achievement. Tamra has been heavily involved in causes involving young women issues.
Gordon and Tamra are principals in Wilks Funeral Home, LLC, and enjoy their opportunity to further serve their community in this important endeavor.
Berniece Jackson, Funeral Assistant
Berniece is a longtime Pocatello resident. Orginally from Grace, Idaho, Berniece moved to Pocatello to attend Grimms School of Business. After graduation she obtained a job at the Allis Chalmers Tractor dealership. It was there that she met the love of her life, Verlon Jackson.
They were married in 1953 and together they farmed the Jackson Family Farm for over 35 years in the Tyhee area; harvesting sugar beets, hay and cattle. After retirement Verlon & Berniece found a rewarding opportunity working as Funeral Assistants. They spent over 20 years working together serving the community in that capacity, and it has been the most rewarding experience of their lives.
After 62 years by each other's side Verlon passed away in January of 2016. Although still adjusting to her new life without her sweetheart, Berniece still enjoys serving the bereaved in her community as a funeral assistant. She also enjoys going on walks and keeping herself busy at home with chores.
Gary & Louise Barnes, Funeral Assistants
Gary and Louise Barnes, long time Marsh Valley residents, are joining the Wilks Funeral Home staff. Gary is a Marsh Valley High School graduate, attended Brigham Young University, and served a two year mission for his church to the Eastern States Mission. He was also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and was stationed at Hill Air Force Base. He married Louise Walton in June 1963. She is a Star Valley, Wyoming native that graduated from Cokeville High School. They are parents of seven children and grandparents to twenty three grand children.
Gary worked for 34 years for Idaho Transportation Department serving the Southeast Idaho area in Engineering. Following his retirement he worked for JUB Engineers for four years. Gary has been active in Boy Scouts of America, served on the Bannock Memorial and Marsh Valley Hospital Boards, as well as serving with his wife in Ghana Accra, Africa as missionaries.
Louise worked as City Clerk for the City of Downey for 36 years. She has worked with the 4-H Program and is a member of the Downey Study Club. Gary and Louise enjoy spending time with their family, traveling, being in the outdoors and being together.
Jared Wilks, Funeral Director Intern
Jared was born and raised in South Eastern Idaho, graduating from Highland High school and attending Idaho State University where he competed his Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology. Jared has worked both in the information/technology industry and in Real Estate sales.
Jared and his wife have four children and enjoy spending time in nature, camping, hiking and trail riding. They have recently discovered a love of travel but also very much enjoy spending time together at their home in the canyon near Pocatello where they garden and raise animals.