Mortuary and Cemetery Board

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Mortuary and Cemetery Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The State Mortuary and Cemetery Board was created June 6, 1921. The board’s programs affect those who have suffered a loss, those who make final arrangements and those who provide death care goods and services. In order to protect the public, it is the board’s responsibility to ensure that all of Oregon’s death care facilities are properly licensed and to regulate the practice of individuals and facilities engaged in the care, preparation, processing, transportation and final disposition of human remains. Engaging in certain death care activities without a license is the only crime within the board’s jurisdiction. Approximately 63,000 deaths will occur in Oregon during the 2015–2017 biennium. Death care services are provided by approximately 2,400 practitioners and facilities throughout the state. The board is self-supporting and derives its financing from licensing, examination and a portion of the death certificate filing fee (not the fees derived from the purchase of a certified copy of a death certificate). The board currently has six employees and one office located in Portland.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 430, Portland 97232-2195
Telephone: 971-673-1500
Fax: 971-673-1501
Contact: Michelle Sigmund-Gaines, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Chad Dresselhaus 
Records Officer Email: David J. Koach
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 97.170, 97.931, 692.300, 692.415
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records, Publications and General Information

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Correspondence, Policy, History
Dates: 1921-1939
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Individual License Files
Dates: 1921-1939
Cubic Ft.: 4
Title: Legal Case Records
Dates: 1929-1972
Cubic Ft.: 2.25
Title: Mortuary Hearing Records
Dates: 1949-1977
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Newsletters
Dates: 1986-1988
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Record of Correspondence File
Dates: 1922-1939
Cubic Ft.: .25