My family’s association with funeral service dates back to 1890, when my great-great grandparents moved to Denver from Santa Fe and opened a funeral home at the northwest corner of 15th and Platte Streets in lower downtown. Later, my great-grandfather worked diligently to build on his parents’ legacy and also founded National Selected Morticians, now known as Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
In 1919, James “Gentleman Jim” McConaty established McConaty’s Boulevard Mortuary at Speer and Federal Boulevards. In the 1940’s, James “Jim” McConaty, Jr. joined the firm, and his brother Joseph “Joe” McConaty later joined the firm in the 1950’s. In 1956, the McConaty brothers established a second location on South Colorado Boulevard. Jim McConaty died in 1983 and his brother Joe died in 2001.
Joe McConaty sold his company to me in 1986. I was able to purchase the company thanks in part to my mom and dad, who loaned me the funds to cover most of the down payment and personally signed the notes, potentially risking their home and assets. I am eternally grateful to them for their generosity.
Since then, we have constructed five new facilities to better serve families throughout the metro area and have grown to be Colorado’s Most Preferred Family-Owned Funeral Homes and Crematories.
My mother, Valerie VanDerbur Horan, grew up in East Denver and attended East High School and the University of Colorado. “Val,” as most call her, first began her funeral service career when she was a teenager, starting off as a receptionist who handled various jobs at the funeral homes. Val still assists with funeral and memorial services upon request today. My father, Jack T. Horan, died in 2010.
As part of our commitment to remain independent, Chief Operating Officer, Daren B. Forbes and Vice-President Jennifer McBride are acquiring minority interests in Horan & McConaty.
At Horan & McConaty, we value our reputation and go the extra mile to help families celebrate a life lived well. We serve more Denver families than any other family-owned provider in the metro area. My staff and I are dedicated to pursuing the highest levels of service, and we greatly appreciate the trust the community has placed in us.
John J. Horan