875 W. Second Street
Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775) 323-7189
Fax: (775) 323-1684

Walton's Sierra Chapel


Blake Howe, Funeral Director, Embalmer and Event Planner
Email: bhowe@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: (775) 323-7189
Fax: (775) 323-1684

Blake has been the manager of Walton Funeral Home since moving to Reno from Colorado in 2000. He is a fourth generation funeral service professional, having grown up in the business and following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  

Blake is a graduate of Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In addition to being a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Nevada, he is a Nevada State Specialty Agent licensed in Life Insurance. By holding these licenses, Blake is able to assist families with any type of advanced planning arrangements, providing them with peace of mind for future needs.

He has served as past president of Kiwanis and Jaycees and is a former member of the Lions Club. He is currently active in the Rotary Club of Reno, where he has served on the board and supports several service committees.

Blake’s greatest joys are his two daughters, Reygan and Devyn.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his girls to visit family, and playing golf.

Mike Hukill, Funeral Arranger
Email: mhukill@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: 775-323-7189
Fax: 775-323-1684

Mike comes to Walton’s after 24 years of pastoral experience. He has a heart for people and understands what it means to lose a loved one. He shows genuine compassion and concern for those who are experiencing the difficulty of losing someone they love.

Mike comes from California and has had his funeral director license since 1998 with seven years of experience as a funeral director. In January 2016, he will obtain his funeral director license in the state of Nevada.

Mike has been married to his wife Ronda for 40 years and has been blessed with two children whom he is very proud of: his son Lucas Hukill and his daughter Melinda Taylor.

Between the two of them, they have given MIke and Rhonda six grandchildren: 3 boys and 3 girls. Mike appreciates and is thankful to be a part of Walton’s Funeral Home and is enjoying living in the state of Nevada.

Denice Portillo, Funeral Director
Email: dportillo@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: (775) 323-7189
Fax: (775) 323-1684

Denice finds helping families to be very fulfilling, and she comes to Walton’s with ten years of customer service and management experience.

She was born and raised in Southern California. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of California-Riverside. She graduated in January of 2015 with her Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science and holds her Funeral Director’s license in the state of Nevada, as well as her crematory operator’s certification.

She enjoys hiking with her dog, adventuring with her friends, and family visits.