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John P. Brooks

If you’ve looked up anything about the Death Care Industry in North Texas, the chances are you’ve heard the name John P. Brooks. As an online pioneer in his field, Mr. Brooks has spent nearly his entire life caring for the families and loved ones of those whom have passed on. In 1974, at the age of 15, he began his first job working at three different funeral homes (Cortez Funeral Home, Camp Funeral Home, & Dallas Mortician Service) in order to help ends meet at home.

              As his passion for Death Care grew, Mr. Brooks ended up going to school at The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and was President of his graduating class. He had definitely found his calling to help others and chose to make Death Care his life. After years in the field, he decided to go into business for himself and opened Avalon Mortuary Service in Dallas, and developing franchises in, Abilene, Austin, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Tyler and Oklahoma City.

Within 8 years, Avalon Nation Wide Shipping became the largest family owned & operated mortuary shipping service company in Texas and was franchised to more than 44 markets across the United States becoming the third largest in the country.

              After 8 years in the mortuary business, the family had decided they would like more involvement with the families of lost loved ones. So, in 1994 at the age of 35, with the spiritual support of community clergy. Mr. Brooks opened Oak Cliff Funeral Chapel at Kessler Park, where he committed himself and his staff to “Service to Families First”. From there he opened North Dallas Funeral Home in 2002 as well as acquired Forest Lawn Funeral Home in 2008. Forrest Lawn was a predominantly Jewish funeral home. In taking on this new venture, Mr. Brooks and his family demonstrated their ability to provide tremendous service for any family; no matter their race or faith. The Brooks Family Funeral Homes doubled the Jewish business in 2 years and became preferred to the Catholic, Buddhist, Protestant, & Jewish communities due to their “Open Door” policy.

             With the ever evolving digital age, the importance of changing with the times is crucial & Mr. Brooks didn’t shy away from this challenge. He rose to it by taking advantage of the newest innovative technologies to keep himself and his businesses ever growing with the times and needs of the families in their care. He pioneered this space, leading the way for all who will come behind him. Mr. Brooks believes that in doing this he is training up his own entrepreneurs in his footsteps to become the next generation of service providers.

              In addition to each of his successes, Mr. Brooks is also very active in the community. He is a contributor and supporter of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as well as Toys for Tots, a large benefactor to Pleasant Hills Children’s Home in Fairfield Texas and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  John is an active member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Farmers Branch Texas. John is proud to be a Roman Catholic Funeral Director. He is very active in his Dallas Lodge Knox-Corinthian 851 and a 32nd Degree Mason In the Valley of Dallas. Mr. Brooks is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas County Funeral Directors Association and The Texas Legislative Committee for the The Texas Funeral Directors Association in Austin, Texas. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Parents Against Crime & Drugs, as well as The Foundation For Crippled Children. He was also named Republican of the Year in 2006 & was the proud recipient of a US Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building. This honor was given to him for his service to the community, mentoring young entrepreneurs, and his assistance to the under privileged. With all of his successes in business and giving back to the community, Mr. Brooks has had the honor of being featured in D Magazine, has been on the front page of Dallas Morning News, and been interviewed on Channels 8 & 11 discussing the rapid growing trend of cremation.

              Mr. Brooks has dedicated his life to the community and the Death Care industry for over 40 years. He has gained a reputation for hard work, being fair, giving superior service to families, & “being the answer, not the question”.




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"Excellent customer service, they made you feel like you were their only customer. Very helpful and explained what we should expect during the process. They basically took care of our needs during this time. They contacted DFW National Cemetery for us which made it a smooth experience. Definitely will use them again."
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"I was amazed how professional the team at Aria Funeral Preston Dallas Texas are. They guided me through the process and my options of their services that they offered for my mother. They are compassionate, caring, calm, good listener, efficient and did an excellent job! Thank you!"
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"If I could give 6 stars I would. Aria made a difficult easier to deal with by basically taking care of everything in an efficient but very empathetic manner. I can speak highly enough of Dusty Martin, who helped us with all of the planning and logistics. He was incredibly understanding and helpful."
Angel M.
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"Nothing prepares you for the grief you go through when losing a child. I called this funeral home at 2:00 am broken and could barely talk. The amount of compassion and empathy they showed me immediately let me know I found the right place to cremate my son. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism, SINCERE concern, and commitment to making sure my son was honored in the most respectful way. I hope this Funeral home values her as much as my family and I do."
McGee Family
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"Wayne and Staff, thank you for taking care of the arrangements for our mom, Exter McGee and our dad, Philip McGee. You have been great to work with during such a difficult time."
Elledge Family
Elledge Family
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"On behalf of my family, I wanted you to know how much we appreciate your handling of my husband's final arrangements. Wayne Baxter assisted & guided us through the entire process with such care & compassion. Don't know what we would have done without him! Sincerely, Colleen Elledge"
The Peterson Family
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"I can’t say enough about how helpful and professional Dusty Martin, the funeral director at the Aria Cremation location on NW Highway has been. From my initial call, he was kind and informative. My friend died at home while on hospice and she was picked up in about an hour after receiving the call from the hospice nurse. The person who arrived to pick her up was also very professional/respectful and allowed us to take as much time with her as we wished. When I met with Dusty the next day about arrangements, he explained the process and options available without being pushy or trying to “sell” extras. Throughout the process, he kept me informed and, for example, was careful to be certain I understood the cost of the obituary I wanted and offered some options for reducing that cost if I wished. When I stopped by for another reason and started talking about some of the problems I was having with the pictures and media I hoped to use at a memorial lunch I was planning, he not only listened patiently but offered technology advice and let me use his personal media player. I have had experience arranging cremations for four others using two other local companies, and this experience with Dusty at Aria has been by far the best one I have had."
Paula Barnes
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"My Daddy’s service and our family experience at Aria Northwest Highway was truly blessed. Funeral Director Dustin Martin is the kind of person that you would like to see on a more regular basis – but in his industry – you hope to not see him that often. That being said – THANK YOU DUSTIN for your unending kindness, compassion and friendship through the process. Meeting you and discussing Dallas History, Find A Grave and my Dad’s lifelong contributions to the great City of Dallas was simply wonderful! In memory of my dad James A. Dodd, Sr. – I want to personally thank you and let you know that you made everything better in that moment. Your calling to “Be There” is spot on. Aria has a one in a million guy in you! Bling Blinky of TEXAS Shout Out: God Bless You!!"

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