Crespo and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services


Our Staff

John Hutcherson

Managing Partner — Funeral Director

John "Hutch" Hutcherson was born and raised in this area and attended North Shore High School and then East Texas Baptist University, where he studied vocal performance. After graduating from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, he moved to Bandera, Texas, where he was the only funeral director and embalmer for 12 years. Hutch is a former Board Member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and a Past President of the South Central Texas and Hill Country Funeral Directors Associations. He has also remained active in various Masonic Organizations and is a Past Master of Rising Star Lodge #429 and Bandera Lodge #1123. For several years, he has served as the Funeral Master for both Lodges, and has performed dozens of Masonic Funeral Rites in the Hill Country and Houston Areas, including his grandfather's service. In 2002, Hutch taught himself to play the bagpipes and has performed at hundreds of funerals and memorial services in Texas. He has served as the solo piper for the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, the US Army's 7th Cavalry (George Custer's Regiment), The Texas State Fire Chiefs Convention, the Texas Fallen Police Officers Memorial, and numerous other Firefighter and Police Officer functions. Hutch has also very proudly served as the piper for numerous United States Soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hutch feels he was put on this Earth to be a Funeral Director, and he sees great importance in those funeral service professionals that utilize their talents for the families that they serve. He feels that his experience and talents help him to provide each family with an exceptional tribute to the memory of their loved one.

Gary L. Anderson

Gary L. Anderson comes to Crespo& Jirrels Funeral Home and Cremation Services with over 34 years of experience. He lives to serve all the families that call upon the funeral industry by helping each family having to transition through the death process as easy as possible.

Gary started his career in November of 1979 at Pasadena Funeral Chapel. He graduated from Common Wealth College of Funeral Service in 1981 and went back to work with Pasadena Funeral Chapel. In 1984, he went to work for Mr. Joe Speck and Earthman Funeral Home in Baytown Texas. Gary stayed with Earthman through 2007. At that time, he returned to Pasadena Funeral Chapel. In April of 2013, Gary joined Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home.

Besides working, Gary has found time to participate with the Baytown Lions for the past 28 years. He is also a member of the Baytown Optimist and was President of Pasadena Kiwanis for the 2012-2013 year. Gary has also served on the boards of directors of both the Baytown Chamber of Commerce and the Baytown Hispanic Chamber.

Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly first joined Crespo & Jirrels as a part-time receptionist in August of 2005, after retiring in 2004 as a teacher and administrator at the Alternative Learning Program in Goose Creek CISD. Prior to joining Goose Creek, Linda was a teacher in Aldine ISD, Director of Extension Services for Sterling Municipal Library and Branch Librarian for Harris County Library in Crosby. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Baytown, Linda is married to Lee Kelly and is the mother of two daughters, Kristy and Amy, and grandmother of three grandsons and one granddaughter. Linda was born in San Antonio and raised in South Texas, and has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and speech from Houston Baptist University and a Masters of Science in Educational Management from University of Houston Clear Lake. Linda now works full-time at Crespo & Jirrels as Coordinator for Aftercare, among many other responsibilities, and is often the first voice heard and the first face seen when one calls or visits the funeral home. She enjoys helping others and has no plans to retire in the near future.

David Pryor

David Pryor has been an assistant funeral director with Crespo & Jirrels since 2005. A native of Goose Creek, David graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and studied business at Lee College. He had a long career in the garment industry and graduated from the National Institute of Dry Cleaners. From 1984 to 1987, he and Dorey, his wife of 27 years, owned Dorey’s Wedding Chapel and Florist. Although retired, he is a licensed non-denominational minister and often officiates at weddings and funerals. David and Dorey have ten children between them, including 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mayra Garcia

A Baytown native, Mayra Garcia graduated from Robert E. Lee High School class of 2004, and began her career with Crespo & Jirrels as a part-time visitation attendant and catering assistant. She attended Lee College where she was enrolled in the cosmetology program. A valued member of the Crespo & Jirrels team since 2007, Mayra’s responsibilities have grown to include receptionist and administrative duties, and she takes pride and great care in assisting those she serves. She and her husband, Benjamin, have three sons.

Connie Owens

Connie Owens has been a part-time receptionist and visitation attendant since joining the Crespo & Jirrels family in 2008. Born in Baytown, Connie spent her early years in Highlands and Baytown, and is a graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School. Connie worked at NASA Space Center for several different contractors for over 31 years and is now employed full time with BDI Resources at ExxonMobil in Baytown as a Senior Clerk. She and her son, Dalton, are active members of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church where Connie serves on several committees including Faith & Outreach and Faith in Action ministries. For the past twelve years, Connie has been actively involved as a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 93. Dalton became an Eagle Scout in February 2012 with Troop 93, and is enrolled at Blinn Jr. College in Bryan, Texas. Connie enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, and playing with their kitty, Leon.