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All of our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field.  We are proud to have them on our staff.

Laurens B. Fish, Jr.

Laurens B. Fish, Jr. graduated from Lamar High School in Houston. Received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas. Graduated from the Commonwealth College of Sciences with a degree in Funeral Directing and Embalming. He is past Board member and Secretary/Treasurer of National Selected Morticians. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Austin and a member of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He has been a Partner with Weed-Corley Fish for over 35 years. He is married to the former Julia Corley and they have two children and 5 grandchildren. His son is Laurens B. Fish, III who is the General Partner of Fish Funeral Services, the parent company of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.

Laurens B. Fish, III

Laurens B. Fish III was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School and The University of Texas with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. Laurens attended Mortuary School and received his degree from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Laurens is a member of the Rotary Club of Austin, The Dell Children's Medical Center Council, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Board Member for the Central Texas Better Business Bureau and was a Board Member of the Texas Funeral Service Commission of which he was appointed the Chairman by Governor Perry. He is married to wife Melanie and they have nine year-old boy/girl twins Lawson and Merritt and a three year old daughter May. As a fourth generation funeral director, he follows in the footsteps of his father, Laurens Fish Jr., grandfather, Jack Corley, and great-grandfather John Roberts Corley. Laurens is the managing partner of Fish Funeral Services Ltd., parent company of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes and Fish Family Cremation Services, continuing a long line of family ownership which started in the Austin community in 1886.

Darryl Thompson, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

Darryl began his career in the funeral industry in 1978. He has been with Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home since August 1981 and is the General Manager of Fish Funeral Services. He graduated from Water Valley High School, attended Angelo State University, and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1981. Darryl is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He is a member of the Methodist Church.

Kenneth Zoch, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

Kenneth has been with Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home since 1982 and in funeral service since 1971. Kenneth graduated from Giddings High School, attended Austin Community College and The University of Texas and received his funeral service training at The Commonwealth College of Sciences in Houston. He is married and has three grown children and one grandson.

Linda K. Meek, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

Linda has been with Weed-Corley-Fish North since May of 2003. She has been a funeral director in the Austin area since 1992. She is a graduate of Westwood High School and she received her Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Linda and her husband Chad live in Round Rock with their son Cole. She enjoys family "gatherings" at her home and watching football with friends.

Mitzi Chafetz, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

Mitzi is a third generation Texan. She attended college at the University of Houston and the University of Texas in Austin. Mitzi holds a Bachelor of Science degree and funeral directors and embalmers licenses. She began her funeral service profession as Public Information Officer and Continuing Education Coordinator for the Texas Funeral Service Commission. She is married to Nelson and has two grown daughters and a grandson.  Mitzi enjoys theater and the arts and is a life member of Hadassah.

Ernest Pease, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

Ernest “Ernie” Pease graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis on thanatology, and earned a doctorate at Washburn University. He received his training as a funeral director and embalmer at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, including technical training at the world renowned Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago.

After managing and supervising a number of funeral homes and cemeteries for a large corporate funeral provider, Ernie was delighted to join the family owned Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services in 2008. Ernie feels it is a special honor to serve each family during one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Ernie and his wife, Carol, reside in Leander. As a part of their service to the community, they train their Dutch Shepherd Search and Rescue Canine. Ernie is an associate member of the International Police Work Dog Association, and the Recovery Dog Network. He is also a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Disaster Response Team. Ernie regularly commutes on CapMetro.

Briana Ballenger, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

Briana Lynn Ballenger was born in Del Rio, Texas and is a fourth generation funeral director. She attended college in San Antonio at the University of Incarnate Word and graduated from San Antonio College with a degree in Mortuary Science. A native Texan, Briana has served as a funeral director in central Texas for over 10 years. She was proud to join the team at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in the spring of 2009. Briana and her husband Randy, have a precious little girl, Isabella that is their pride and joy. In her spare time she enjoys making crafts, cooking and spending time with her family and pets.

John Adams, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish North)

John has been a member of our staff since August of 2002, having retired both from the USAF and the State of Texas. He and his wife have lived in Austin since 1989 and have four children. John holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and a graduate degree in education. He graduated with highest honors in his studies leading to his funeral director license. He, his wife and children are long time members of Anderson Mill Baptist Church.

Paul Williamson, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish South)

Paul has been with Weed-Corley-Fish South since 1998. A second generation funeral director he has been licensed since 1980 and a resident of south Austin since 1984. Paul attended Southwest Missouri State University and received his funeral service training at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Paul has a son and a daughter, is a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Rene Gonzalez, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish South)

Rene is a graduate from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He has been in the funeral industry for 19 years serving families in Austin and Central Texas for over 16 years. Rene has been employed with Weed-Corley-Fish South since 1994. He and his family live in Plum Creek in Kyle, Texas. He is a member of the Catholic Church. Rene enjoys golfing, fishing and running.

N. Dean Hanson, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish South)

Dean began his funeral service career in 1981 in San Angelo, TX. A graduate of Lake View High School there in 1978, he attended Angelo State University until 1981, graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1983 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Dean rejoined the Fish Family funeral homes in 2007 after a seven year absence. Dean is married with three grown children and three grandchildren. He is a member of Lake Hills Church in Austin. His joys include his family, church, golf, and woodworking.

David Orton, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish South)

David started his career in funeral service in 1965 in Austin.  He joined Weed Corley Fish South in 1992 and moved to Weed Corley Fish North in 2004.  David is a native Austinite having attended Fulmore Jr. High and Wm. B. Travis High School and is a graduate of Dallas Institute Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science.  He is a U. S. Navy Veteran serving during the Cuban Missile crisis and the Viet Nam era.  He has six daughters and 16 grandchildren. David and his wife Mary have an RV and travel as much as possible.

Mike Foskey, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis)

Mike graduated in 1979 from Cypress Junior College in Los Angeles, CA with a degree in Mortuary Science. He has worked as a funeral director in Hanford, CA; Harlingen, TX; Lubbock, TX; and owned his own funeral homes in Dimmitt and Olton, TX. He has worked as a funeral director in Austin since December 1999, joining the staff of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in March 2007. He is a native of Laurel, Delaware. He is married and has one son and one grand- daughter.

Inger F. Olivo, Funeral Director (Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis)

Inger F. Olivo began her funeral service profession in 2000 working part time with Wilke-Clay-Fish and Weed-Corley-Fish until her retirement from SBC in 2001.  She is presently serving her profession at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis.  A graduate of Milby High School in Houston, she attended San Jacinto Jr. College in Pasadena, Austin Community College, and received her Associates Degree in Mortuary Science with honors and distinction from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in May of 2002. She was a recipient of the Dr. George H. Poston Memorial Scholarship Award for exhibiting the highest proficiency in the courses of Embalming and Restorative Act. Inger is also a member of the National Funeral Service Honor Society. Inger is married and has 2 sons. They are members of the Baptist Church.  She is a member of the South Texas Gospel Music Association and the Gideon International Auxiliary.

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