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Doug McCleary: Celebrant, Officiant, Musician


Thank you for the amazing job you did speaking at my mom's celebration of life last month. I just now had a chance to sit down and send you this to let you know what a wonderful job you did and how so many people that day and even a few weeks after told me and my family how wonderful that service was for mom. Dad, my sister and I were very pleased and so happy you were able to speak for her. One of the ladies at the service made it a special point to tell me to let you know how fantastic you were that day and up-lifting. I am kinda still lost for words so I'm going to stop now and leave you with one more thank you!!!!Quotes

Melissa M.

Thank you sincerely for making our life celebration of Terri personable, relatable and genuine. Your humor, compassion and kindness contributed greatly to people saying it was the best celebration they ever attended. A great gift you gave to me and our circle of family?.In Gratitude, Sue FergusonQuotes

Sue Ferguson

Many, many people asked me how you had known Dad, they were sure you were someone who knew him, by the way you conducted the service. I could tell that this is something you are called to do. I feel so glad that we were able to work together on this, and that it turned out so beautifully. You were the right fit for our family because you focus on and connect to others, and strive to meet their needs and make them comfortable. I think Dad would have approved of all of the elements of the service and I really feel it did him justice (a tough act to follow, believe me--he really was a great man, but also so humble). Again, thank you so much for the fine job you did. A lot of people came up and said how the service had helped them, and what a fitting celebration it was of Dad's life. That meant a lot to me.Quotes


Family Member

Thank you a million times over for such a wonderful service you delivered. We received many beautiful comments made about the words and the way you delivered them.Your caring attitude and warm smile meant so much to me and my family. Thank you again.Quotes

Sharon and Family

Doug brought my son's memories to life if only for short time at our Celebration of Life for Aaron, it was almost hard to believe Doug had not known him. Doug has an awesome ability to connect with the family and get a feel for their loved one. He spent time with us before the service, customizing what we wanted from the service. We had so many guest compliment us, stating Aaron's Celebration service was the best they had ever attended and praised Doug's eulogy as a highlite of the service. Doug you have a truly remarkable talent, it was my pleasure to meet and work with you. For those that may need your services in the future, I highly recommend you.Quotes


Sincerest thank you!

QuotesThank you Doug for a touching and funny tribute to my Dad. Without ever meeting him you were able to capture his spirit based on your interactions with different family members. You also did a fantastic job keeping us on schedule as we are very "talky". Look forward to hearing your band in the future.Quotes

April S

Well done eulogy

Pat and I want to thank you for your wonderful part in Mother's service. Just the right amount of brevity, humor and sparkle. Everyone said how much they enjoyed her service. It was comforting and special, as was our Mother. Thank you once again!Quotes

Pat and Darlene

Doug, thank you for Susan's service. It was great. She would have liked it very much. After the service someone asked me if you've known her long and I responded that you had never met. They said you wouldn't have known that, you made the service so personal, it was perfect. And Terry and I are now saying "I love you" whenever we leave the house (thank you for that too).Quotes

Jackie Criswell

Doug, we would like to thank you for your support and encouragement during this difficult time. Your words were inspirational and were a comfort for all who attended. Our sincere appreciation for delivering such a beautiful and heart warming eulogy.Quotes

Charleen F. and Family

Doug, we can't begin to thank you enough for all you did for our family. The service for my dad was perfect.... You took time to learn about our family and it showed in your presentation. Please accept this thank you as a small token of our gratitude, and on behalf of my mom too.Quotes

Gary and Sheri

I want to thank you for the beautiful service you gave for my Brother, Robert. Our family was very impressed with your presentation. Thank you for your love and support.Quotes


Thank you Doug for remorializing Gene English September 21, 2012. We will all remember your kind and gracious words regarding Gene. It was if you knew him as well as all of us. Your music was perfect and Gene would have like it very much. I will certainly recommend you in the future. Sincerely, PatriciaQuotes

Pat Gecho English

Doug, I want to convey my thanks to you again for making Dad's service all I knew it could be and then some. It was a fitting tribute to Dad and I know many were comforted by your words and the way you presented them. I am so thankful to have found your website. Thanks again.Quotes

Tammy P.

Family Member

Doug did such a wonderful job at the memorial service for my husband Derek. The time he took with us getting to "know" Derek made it seem like he had actual known him; not just "meeting" him through our memories. Doug even suggested putting a slideshow with music Derek liked during the service. We had only planned on having one at the reception afterwards. I'm glad he made the suggestion. You can tell Doug has a great appreciation for what he does. Thank you again Doug. ~KarieQuotes

Karie Eichenberger

Derek Moore's Memorial Service

Doug... You're Awesome!!!! The sound was great. This is literally the first year (of the 4 years that we've done the gospel brunch) that there was not a single complaint about the sound. You were amazing to work with and I hope we can work together again soon.Quotes

Cinda Jackson

Performing Arts Manager, Self Enhancement, Inc.

I just wanted to thank you for a great job done at my father's funeral service. It was a nice mixture of scripture and stories which made for a light atmosphere which is how my dad would have wanted it. More than one person said that they could tell that you cared and that you weren't simply reading off notes. It was almost like you knew him. I appreciate how well it went and I'll definitely recommend you to others.Quotes

Matt E

I wanted to thank you for the great service you did for Phylis. It was Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I would also like to thank you for your influence for me to speak. I would not have done it, but now am so glad I did. It will live with me for life all because of you. Your message was so good. It made my sisters funeral the best one I have ever been to. It was just what she would have wanted. I think you touch a lot of people and bring them closer to their loved ones. 

Dan L

On behalf of all in our family, I want to thank you for all that you did for our mother's memorial service. Your compassion and professionalism was much appreciated. The service was all we could have asked for and a good deal more. We wish you good fortune and we thank you most sincerely. 
Paul P and Mary E
Thank you

I would like to thank you for the special service you gave my mother Carol in February. I felt your compassion and while it was one of the worst days of my life, it was a memorable day. Everything was done with class, just as she was. Family and friends have been telling my dad what a nice service it was. Another said they'd been to quite a few funerals and never seen anthing like this one. Through the tears, everyone was smiling. What a tribute to her. The words you spoke brought such life to the pictures. I shall never forget that day. It is such an honor to meet you and experience your wonderful talents. Hopefully we can meet again under better circumstances. 



Doug cared enough to visit us at our home a few days prior to the service. He was sensitive in his questions and gleaned enough information to provide a personal, caring and loving eulogy. All our friends and family members were profoundly impressed with his heartfelt presentation of Jerry Geraghty. We know now why Lincoln Memorial highly recommended Doug McCleary. He is truly the best in his field. Thank you, Doug Joanne & Suzy 

Joanne Nilsson / Suzanne Geraghty

Family members

When I meet with families who do not have an officiate in mind, my first recommendation is Doug McCleary. I am not easily impressed, nor am I interested in sacrificing my client families? experience by using someone I do not trust. When I make a recommendation to a family it definitely reflects on the level of service I am providing as well as on my own character and integrity. The verbiage I use is, ?If you do not have an officiate in mind, I know one who I am very comfortable recommending.? Doug has made my services personal and unique to the individual, and wonderfully memorable for my client families. Praises all around. 

Crystal Mai Purdy

Funeral Director, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home

I would like to thank you on behalf of my family for conducting such a heartfelt service for my mother, Florence, up at the Camas, Washington Cemetery. It was a beautiful service and we felt that you did it "just right" and connected with us all. My mother would have been pleased as we all were. We felt her presence and you were the conduit. Please continue with your work in this capacity as we feel that it is definitely a worthwhile calling and that it is meant to be for you. 
Sandy Hogue and Family

Doug, Thanks so much for officiating at my brother's funeral. We were all very pleased with your presentation. If the occasion should arise, I'd be happy to recommend you to others. Thank you again for your time. 

Lois H


Never met Doug before, but he came to my family at perhaps the worse time in our life's. He delivered a Eulogy for my brother that was second to none. He has a unique style with words and a comforting voice. He seemed to know Steve like a friend when it came time to deliver. If you have concerns about who would fit your needs at a critical moment in your life, or even a joyous moment in your life, take the time to contact Doug before looking elsewhere. He will tailor the event to your wishes and do it with style and integrity. 

Ron Carrick


Thank you for doing my moms service. The time you spent with our family was so good and the way you put her life into words made it sound as though you knew her for years. I don't know anyone who could do better. I will absolutely recommend you to anyone I know who needs someone to do a funeral or a wedding. Good luck in everything. 


Thank you

My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Doug McCleary for any ministry service you may need. Doug has performed several Memorial Services for us and family as well as our wedding. Doug is compassionate and his character is warm. He is a trustworthy and reliable person who goes great length to accomplish the service you want. We appreciate Doug's ability to communicate with empathy and his high level of commitment. Sincerely, Dan and Michelle Niemeyer 1-27-10 

Michelle & Dan