The owner of the funeral home under investigation had found violations in the past

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POCATELLO – A funeral home in Pocatello that was surrounded by police tape Friday morning has a history of violations, according to public documents from EastIdahoNews.com.

The Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses database shows that Lance R. Peck, the owner of the Downard Funeral Home, faced civil disciplinary action between 2015 and 2018.

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Problems for Downard Funeral Home and Portneuf Valley Crematory, also owned by Peck, began in 2012 when a man donated his remains to the Idaho State University funeral program. Peck was out of town and had the man’s remains picked up by another funeral home and during the trial was given “incorrect records” to donate the remains to ISU.

Peck said the man’s remains were unable to donate to the university and burned them at his funeral home. The Board of Morticians said Peck did so despite knowing the man’s wishes.

Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com

The trouble with the man’s papers also got Downard into trouble, under sanctions filed in 2015 by the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses. During the same document imposing sanctions on Peck, it was also revealed that he let the funeral home’s license expire in 2013 and stopped registering for a few months.

In 2015, Peck was sentenced to pay a fine of $ 2,500 and $ 5,500.00 in investigation costs and attorney’s fees. Peck also received a six-month trial period from the Professional Licensing Department.

Peck got into trouble again in 2016, saying that Downard Funeral Home and Portneuf Valley Crematory were again operating as unlicensed funeral homes in 2015. As a result, Peck and his funeral home were fined $ 2,500, plus $ 5,000 in investigation and legal fees. Peck received another six months probation.

The next year, Downard Funeral Home broke the same law and was fined $ 2,500 and investigative costs of $ 3,715. Peck received another six months probation.

After the death of a woman in September 2016, the company faced further problems. She had applied for her body to be donated to the Idaho State University cadaver program. When situations “outside of Downard’s control” prevented the undertaker from donating the body, the woman was cremated.

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The woman’s family learned of a program that allegedly could donate ashes. Disciplinary documents show the family received four small vials containing the ashes, but no certificate from the Downard Funeral Home confirming the remains made it into the program.

Investigators found that the program never received the woman’s ashes, and if it did, they would have no use for the remains.

It wasn’t until November 2017 that Peck reported that he had found the remains at the funeral home and handed them over to the family. That same year, Peck faced additional disciplinary action, including an additional $ 2,000 fine and thousands in investigation and legal fees. He was given a two-year probationary period.

It appears the funeral home has not been disciplined since 2018. All disciplinary action is a civil violation, and Peck has a clean criminal record.

Efforts to reach him on Friday afternoon were unsuccessful.

Officials were still at the Downard Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Friday after police received a report of a decomposing body at the funeral home.

Officials were still at the Downard Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Friday after police received a report of a decomposing body at the funeral home. Police report that countless bodies have been removed from the funeral home.

The positively identified bodies have been moved to other funeral homes in the area while those pending identification are in the care of the Bannock County’s Coroner’s Office.


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