Our Staff


Our families are committed to serving your family.

We are a family owned and operated funeral home - living and working right here in our local community. 

We strive to live by our philosophy of treating every family the way we would like to be treated.


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Bart Porter

CEO of Sunrise Funeral Home, Cremation Services, and Cemetery, Inc.

3rd generation cemeterian, son to Tom Porter

30+ years of land development experience, has been spearheading the developments of Sunrise since 2005

Licensed Resident Insurance Producer for Life Insurance, specializing in funeral preplanning and government spend-downs


Tom Porter

Grounds Keeper, General Manager, and President of Cemetery

2nd generation cemeterian

47 years working as a Cemetery Superintendent and managing operations

Started at Sunrise in 1970

Has been instrumental in the development and installation of every mausoleum, niche, and building over the years

Has been managing and caring for families and friends, and constantly making the cemetery a better place


Joan Crawford

President of Funeral Home

Former owner of Crawford Funeral Service, which served Duluth and its surrounding area for 4 generations, from 1889 - 1996

4th generation of funeral preplanning

40 years experience in creating custom services for families

Custom Marker & Monument Design Specialist


Larissa (Porter) Paulson

Licensed Funeral Director

4th generation cemeterian, daughter to Bart Porter

Attended the University of Minnesota – Program of Mortuary Science, earned a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Mortuary Science

Email: LPaulson0921@gmail.com


Alex Waltz

Licensed Funeral Director

Attended the University of Minnesota – Program of Mortuary Science, earned a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Mortuary Science

Email: alexgwaltz@hotmail.com


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