History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Alhiser-Comer Mortuary is a part of Escondido History as the city’s oldest continually operating business. With undertaking advertisements dating back to 1893, our early forefathers began a legacy of funeral service tradition and excellence and a spirit that continues on today.


In the 1890’s, J.H. Sampson opened an undertaking parlor and livery in Escondido on Grand Avenue. He used a casson (or horse-drawn funeral  carriage) to transport the deceased. The dignified trip to the cemetery was complete with top-hatted driver and a team of jet-black horses.


Frank G. Thompson bought Sampson out shortly after the turn of the century. And built a new parlor with rooms dedicated to undertaking on South Lime Street (now Broadway) and Iowa Street (now 3rd Ave). He operated the business under the name F.G. Thompson Funeral Director. Mr. Thompson and his family successfully ran the business until it was sold to Halleck ‘HAL’ F. Johnson from Riverside, who operated under the name Hal F. Johnson Funeral Director in the latter half of the 1920’s and under the name The Johnson Funeral Chapel in the 1930’s.


Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Seale of Fullerton took over operations for a brief three-month period from March 1936 thru July 1936. They ran a few advertisements in the local paper under the name Johnson-Seale Mortuary. This is all we know about their abrupt entrance and departure.


In July of 1936, a former Escondido resident returned to buy the parlor from the Seale family. Thus entered the now legendary name of C.B. Alhiser into the history of the mortuary. Clovis B. Alhiser and his wife operated under the name Alhiser Mortuary for twelve years until 1948, but the Alhiser name became a piece of Escondido History, still gracing our building today.


In September 1948, Ralph L. Wilson of Long Beach purchased the mortuary and changed the name to Alhiser-Wilson Mortuary. The Wilson Family doubled the floorspace, created new parking by moving the home that was located on the corner of Broadway and Third to its current place in back of the mortuary. Sharon Disney (formerly Sharon Wilson) took charge of the business for many years and was very well known in the community. Sharon continued the tradition of family run funeral service and brought the mortuary to its full potential.


In 1989, Bill Comer and his son, Stuart Comer, who resides in Escondido purchased Alhiser-Comer Mortuary. As a local resident, Mr. Comer is sensitive to the community and has a vested interest in its energy and vitality. Mr. Comer has extensively refurbished and updated the building. In 2000, the name was changed to Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, after 11 years of ownership by the Comer family. Stuart has maintained our forefather’s legacy of innovation, style, and commitment to serving our families with dignity and compassion.


In 2001 Stuart Comer opened Lakepointe Crematorium in Lake Elsinore, where licensed Alhiser-Comer Mortuary personnel perform all our cremations. The state of the art facility is clean and operated above and beyond the legal requirements of state regulations. All families are welcome to inspect our facilities or witness the cremation of their loved one in our special family area, complete with the comforts of home. This is in keeping with our tradition of handling each and every aspect of premiere service here by our staff. We will not use alternate providers and we are with you every step of the way. We are the last loving hands.


In 2013, Megan Comer took over the mortuary from her father, Stuart who retired.  Megan is a third-generation funeral director.  With Megan (and her husband Joseph Pearo) at the helm, Alhiser-Comer Mortuary became corporate sponsors of Palomar Medical Center.  They donated a room that is considered the “family viewing room” – a place for families to see their loved ones once they’ve passed.    In 2017, Megan, her sister Nicole and the staff at Alhiser-Comer Mortuary were honored to receive the Chamber of Commerce Award for Family Owned Business of the Year, along with local and congressional recognition.  Megan also began another renovation on the mortuary, which included adding a reception room to better serve families and bringing the building up to date while keeping its integrity.  The Comer sisters are honored to continue their father and grandfather’s legacy and commitment to the community of Escondido.






Our Valued Staff

  • Stuart  Comer

    Stuart Comer, Owner

    Funeral Professional Since 1975

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Licensed Funeral Director
    Licensed Embalmer
    Licensed Crematory Manager
    Licensed Life Agent for Pre-Need

    Formal Education:
    1978 Graduate Cypress College of Mortuary Science

    Related Technical /Personal Experience:
    Former Board Member Selected Independent Funeral Homes
    Former Trustee for American Funeral Cemetery & Trust Services
    Attends North Coast Community Church

  • Megan Comer-Pearo

    Megan Comer-Pearo, Business Manager

    Funeral Professional Since 2013

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Licensed Funeral Director
    Certified Crematory Operator

    Formal Education:
    2001 Graduate Palomar Community College (A.A General Education)
    2011 Graduate Regent University (B.S Organizational Leadership & Management)

  • Nicole Comer-Lockrem

    Nicole Comer-Lockrem, Funeral Director

    Funeral Professional Since 1998

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Licensed Funeral Director

    Formal Education:
    2002 Graduate Palomar Community College (A.A General Education)

  • Sandy  Zimmerman

    Sandy Zimmerman, Funeral Arranger/Family Service Consultant

    Funeral Professional Since 2011

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Licensed Life Agent for Pre-Need
    Certified Funeral Arranger

    Formal Education:
    1972 Graduate Johnson County Community College (AA Degree)

    Related Technical /Personal Experience:
    Member of Escondido Seventh day Adventist Church

  • Thomas  Henderson

    Thomas Henderson, Embalmer/Funeral Arranger

    Funeral Professional Since 1996

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Licensed Embalmer
    Certified Crematory Operator

    Formal Education:
    2001 Graduate Cypress College of Mortuary Science

  • Jodi Ann Nelson

    Jodi Ann Nelson, Funeral Arranger

    Funeral Professional Since 2013

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Certified Crematory Operator
    Certified Funeral Arranger


  • Bill Van  Horn

    Bill Van Horn, Retired Funeral Director/Funeral Assistant

    Funeral Professional Since 1960

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Licensed Funeral Director
    Licensed Embalmer

    Formal Education:
    1960 Graduate Indiana College of Mortuary Science

    Related Technical /Personal Experience:
    Member of Knights of Columbus Council #10802
    Member of Escondido Elks Lodge #1687
    Member of St. Timothy's Catholic Church

  • Alison Scott

    Alison Scott, Funeral Arranger

    Funeral Professional Since 2009

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Certified Funeral Arranger

  • Megan Paton

    Megan Paton, Funeral Arranger

    Funeral Professional Since 2016

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Certified Funeral Arranger

  • Nathan  Pearo

    Nathan Pearo, Crematory Operator

    Funeral Professional Since 2016

    Licenses & Credentials:
    Certified Crematory Operator