The Lozano family has lived in Flagstaff since 1928 when Richard’s grandparents, Gumercindo and Hermina Santana Lozano, immigrated from Mexico. His maternal grandparents, Jose and Silvina Diaz, moved from Williams to Flagstaff in 1941. Richard’s parents were Rosary Diaz Lozano and Oriol Santana Lozano, both born in Williams and Flagstaff.
Richard grew up in Flagstaff since early childhood. He attended public schools and graduated from Coconino High School in 1981. After high school, Richard served in the United States Navy for five years. After being discharged from the Navy, he started a mortuary apprenticeship at the old Flagstaff Mortuary, and then moved to Monrovia, California to attend Cypress College of Mortuary Science. In California he worked for the Douglas and Zook Mortuary, a family owned and operated business. The Zook family, Robert, Elsie, Greg and Rick, have always inspired Richard and he considers them to be part of his family. He moved back to Flagstaff in 1996 to work as a funeral home manager at Greer’s Mortuary, and he also worked for Norvel Owens Mortuary. On April 1, 2006 Richard along with a business partner purchased the Flagstaff Mortuary and did a slight name change to honor its family values and traditions. In 2017 Richard became the sole owner of the mortuary and added his recent venture, Flagstaff Crematory.
Richard has been active within the community. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1709 and the American Legion, Mark A. Moore, Post #3, both in Flagstaff. He has served twice as the President of the Flagstaff Rotary Club and as a Rotary District 5510 Assistant Governor from 2008-2011.
Richard has stated, “It is an extreme honor to have the opportunity to own and operate a mortuary in the community that I have always called home.” Richard would like to thank his family and friends for all their support and guidance throughout our many years of being in business, and to the community for placing their trust in us during their time of need.