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Our Team

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Our employees are like family 

In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. 

Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Bart Porter

Bart Porter

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

3rd generation cemeterian, son to Tom Porter

30+ years of land development experience, has been spearheading the

developments of Sunrise since 2005.

Licenced Residence Insurance Producer for Life Insurance, specializing in funeral

pre-planning and government spend-downs


Tom Porter

Tom Porter

Grounds Keeper, General Manager and President of Cemetery

2nd generation cemeterian

47 years working as a Cemetery Superintendent and managing operations.

Started in Sunrise in 1970. He has been instumental in the development and

installation of every mausoleum, nitch, and building over the years. Has been

managing and caring for families and friends, and constantly making the cemetery

a better place.


Joan Crawford

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 pre-planning, 40 years of experience in creating custom

services for families.

Custom Marker & Monument Design Specialist.


Larissa (Porter) Paulson

Larissa (Porter) Paulson

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.


Tayler Porter

Tayler Porter

Executive Assistant

4th generation cemeterian, daughter to Bart Porter

10+ Years of Customer Service experience

Funeral Pre-Planning and Cemetery Sales



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