Stephen C. Dawson
Stephen Dawson earned his high school diploma from the East Leyden High School in 1977. He further pursued his studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts. He also attended the Players Workshop of Second City to learn the art of improvisation. To prepare for the family business, Stephen attended the Worsham College of Mortuary in 1982 to get an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He also holds a certificate from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Illinois Crematory Operators Certification Program, is a Certified Cremationist through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP), member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and is certified through the Green Burial Council.
Stephen owns and manages Monarch Crematorium with his wife Tammi. Stephen has been the past president and the current secretary of the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago; former secretary of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He is currently the Secretary of School District 84 school board of Franklin Park. Stephen and his wife Tammi are long time members of St. Paul Evangelical Covenant Church of Franklin Park. Showing his love of sports, Stephen is a former Thunder soccer coach. He enjoys spending time with the family, is a certified scuba diver, a holds an A.S.A. sailing captains certificate. He also plays the keyboard for the musical group Looney Train.