History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
In the early 1970's, Dewayne and Ann Cain saw the need for a perpetual care cemetery in their hometown of Rockwall, and began to develop Rest Haven Memorial Park. Sparked by their desire to provide families with compassionate, complete funeral and cremation arrangements, the Cain family of companies has grown to include Rest Haven Funeral Homes in Rockwall, Rowlett and Royse City; Northeast Texas Crematory; Pet Memories Cremation Service; and The Flower Box.
We Are Here to Help You
The Cain Family, along with the entire Rest Haven staff, is here to help you. We truly care about the families we serve and are committed to a level of personalized funeral service that exceeds expectation. We will walk with you through each decision, listening carefully to help you create a memorial tribute that uniquely honors your loved one.
We Offer You More
Our comprehensive services and attention to detail will allow you to plan every aspect of your arrangements including monument design and pre-planning services.
We are here to help you in any way we can, or answer any questions you might have. Please call one of our three locations to make an appointment with one of our caring staff.
Our Caring Staff
Dewayne Cain, President
Dewayne began his funeral service career in 1970 when he founded and developed Rest Haven Memorial Park. In 1992, he built Rest Haven Funeral Home, later adding locations in Royse City and Rowlett. Guided by his positive attitude, dedication to work ethic, integrity and high standards, Rest Haven Funeral Homes continues to emerge as one of the premiere family-owned organizations in the industry. “My mom and dad taught me early on that serving others is one of the most important things in life,” Dewayne said. “At Rest Haven, my staff and I share an unwavering commitment to serve every family with the highest standards of integrity and compassion.” A highly respected community and professional leader, Dewayne has brought vision and ingenuity to many organizations and associations. He has served as President of the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club and the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce; and has held leadership positions within the YMCA, Rockwall Independent School District, Texas Funeral Directors Association and the North Texas Funeral Directors Association. Dewayne and his wife Ann (Atkins) Cain, both born and reared in Rockwall, enjoy working together to operate and grow their family-owned business. They love spending time with their family and friends, and are especially proud of their wonderful grandchildren.
Lesli Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Controller
A member of the Rest Haven team since 2007, Lesli oversees the daily operations of all Rest Haven companies, directs the Human Resources Department and guides company finances and Risk Management. “I feel so blessed to work with the incredibly talented Rest Haven staff,” Lesli said. “The compassion and integrity they demonstrate every single day is an inspiration to me, and an invaluable help to the families we serve.” Married to her husband, James, since 2001, Lesli has been a resident of Rockwall since she was a child and is a proud graduate of Rockwall High School and Texas A&M University. A strong advocate for the local business community and passionate about local education, Lesli has served in leadership positons for both the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rockwall Independent School District. Lesli and James have two children, Mazie and Maddoc, and their devoted dog, Buster. They are active members of Lake Pointe Church and committed to their service to Christ. When they are not managing the kids’ busy sports schedules, Lesli and James enjoy attending Rockwall Yellowjacket football games and spending time with family and friends.
Johnny Bennett, General Manager and Funeral Director in Charge
Marty Dumas, Funeral Director in Charge - Rowlett Chapel
Marty is from Garland, TX where he graduated from Garland High School in 1990. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1992, and has been in the funeral industry for over 25 years. Marty has been a proud member of the Rest Haven team since 1998, and is passionate about helping families during one of the most difficult times in life. “Being a funeral director is a true calling for me," Marty said. "When I know that I have made things easier for a family - when I've made a positive difference for them - then I know I am doing what God has called me to do.” Marty and his wife are proud of their two amazing sons who are active in the Richardson/Rockwall Ice Hockey Association, and the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band. They enjoy spending weekends on Lake Ray Hubbard, cheering at ice hockey games and watching Frog Football.
Dan Adams, Funeral Director
Dan was born in California but moved to Texas just as soon as he could! He and his sweetheart, Dee, have been married 24 years and have two wonderful children. Dan graduated with honors from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he served as Class President, and was also a member of Epsilon Lambda. Dan joined the Rest Haven family in 2014, and was recently awarded the “2016 Distinguished Service Award Young Funeral Professional” by the North Texas Funeral Directors Association. “I share the Rest Haven commitment to Service Beyond Expectation,” Dan said. “It is the goal that drives my passion in both my professional and personal life.” When he’s not wearing a suit and tie, you can find Dan stomping around in the woods somewhere hunting, fishing or just enjoying time with his family and friends.
Anthony Alvarado, Funeral Director
Christi Collins, Funeral Director
Desiree Dominguez, Funeral Director
Desiree grew up in Alamogordo, NM. After graduating High School in 2009, she was awarded a soccer scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University where she received her Bachelors of Criminal Justice in 2012. Desiree later enrolled at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service in 2015. “As a kid, I always knew I wanted to be in the funeral profession,” Desiree said. “I have a heart for families who are going through a difficult time, and just want to make things a little bit easier for them.” Desiree is a devoted mom to her one adorable daughter. She is an avid sports fan and enjoys attending as many sporting events as she can fit into her busy schedule.
Teresa George, Funeral Director
Teresa was born in Terre Haute, Indiana – the oldest of four girls. Her family moved to Dallas where she graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1973. Teresa and her husband, David, moved to Rockwall in 1984 – the same year, Teresa is quick to point out, that George Strait’s song, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?” was released. Teresa is a huge George Strait fan and loves road trips to the mountains. David is retired from Farmers Insurance and runs his own video production business. They have lived in Rockwall since 1984, and have three daughters and eleven grandchildren. A funeral director for over 26 years, Teresa is a dedicated and compassionate professional who truly loves her job. “The families I serve are very important to me,” Teresa said. “When I meet with a family who has lost a loved one, I try to make their life just a tiny bit easier and happier than it was when we first met. If I can do that, then I feel I have served them well.”
Mikel Jensen, Funeral Director
Mike is from Mathis, TX where he graduated from Mathis High School in 1982. He spent 10 years working on off shore drilling rigs for Marine Drilling Company based out of Corpus Christi, TX. Mike was one of the top students in his 1993 class at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. As one of Rest Haven's most tenured employees (over 20 years and counting), Mike has built a rapport and relationships with many of the families we serve. They reach out to Mike to just touch base with him, long after we have served them. When Mike is not helping families, he loves spending time with his wife, Michelle, hunting, and watching Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers games.
Rick Donaho, Chaplain
A native Texan from San Antonio, Rick has been part of the Rest Haven team since 2010. He has a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Religious Education and has over 45 years of service in the ministry. As a Chaplain in the funeral service for the last 22 years, Rick’s experience and compassion are a tremendous comfort to families as they work with him to memorialize their loved one. “Every person has a story to tell – both in life and in death,” Rick said. “It is my goal to tell every story.” Rick is married to Sandi, who is also a native Texan and a member of the Rest Haven team. Rick and Sandi have a son, who serves as a Children’s Pastor in San Antonio, a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and are both avid Texas Rangers fans. When he’s not at Rest Haven, you can usually find Rick working with the cattle and chickens on their farm.
Nancy Starnes, Family Service Manager
Jason King, Family Service Professional
Holli Sherman, Family Service Professional
Holli has worked in the funeral industry for over eight years and joined the Rest Haven staff in September 2014. Whether she is serving a family that has an immediate need or helping a family pre-arrange, Holli is a compassionate and knowledgeable professional. “What I love most about my job is building relationships with the families I serve,” Holli said. “People often ask me if it is a hard job - working with people who are grieving. I try to explain to them that I feel truly honored when a family trusts me to help them with final arrangements. I also feel extremely blessed to work at Rest Haven.” Holli has been married to her husband, Brad, for 14 years. They have four children - Alissa (aka Jordon), Zachary, Luke, and Levi. Holli lives with her family in Royse City and in her free time enjoys traveling, shopping and spending time with family and friends.
Tucker Smith, Family Service Professional
Tucker grew up in Abilene, TX where she attended Abilene Christian University on a volleyball scholarship. She graduated in 2016, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Tucker received valuable industry training and knowledge during her three consecutive summer internships at Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC). Additionally, she completed a social work internship at Wisteria Place Retirement Living in Abilene, where she gained experience helping residents and families navigate difficult situations and decisions. “I knew that I wanted to work in an industry where I would have the opportunity to help people from all walks of life,” Tucker said. “In my opinion, there is no greater honor than walking alongside others through difficult times, and I am so happy to have that opportunity here at Rest Haven.” When she’s not at work, Tucker is active in her church, enjoys working out, playing with her dog Opie and spending time with family and friends.
Curtis Starnes, Family Service Professional
Tabitha Aldridge, Assistant Controller
Ronnie Burns, Memorial Park Superintendent
Linda Sandhoff, Office Manager
Linda has been a member of the Rest Haven team since 1998. As Office Manager, most of her job entails tasks that are behind-the-scenes, but she also handles the accounting for pre-need and life insurance claims. "This can be an overwhelming task for families after a death has occurred, and I appreciate the opportunity to help them in this way," Linda said. Linda is a lifelong resident of Dallas County and has been married to her husband, Gary, for over 38 years. She and Gary love working on outdoor projects and home remodeling projects together – no job is too big or too small! They have one daughter, Crystal, and son-in-law, Andy.
Allison Chappell, Front Desk Receptionist
Sandi Donaho, Administrative Assistant
Kathleen Evans, Event Coordinator
Ashlee Lemmon, Administrative Assistant/Community Outreach
A proud resident of Royse City, Ashlee joined the Rest Haven team in 2016 as administrative assistant and Community Outreach at Rest Haven - Royse City. Ashlee and her husband Shane have been together since 2005 and God blessed them with their son Braiden in 2010. She volunteers at her son’s school and in the Royse City community. “My passion is to help others. I love that Rest Haven is so involved in the community and that I get to be a part of that”, Ashlee said. Outside of work she spends time with her family in the woods or traveling to the mountains.
Tonya Morris -Cline, Memorial Park Administrator
Tonya joined the Rest Haven team in 2007. As Administrator of Rest Haven Memorial Park, Tonya oversees and maintains the records department, coordinates property contracts and marker orders, and issues property Deeds. She is also responsible for accounts payable and receivable for the Memorial Park and for other areas of the company. "I was so impressed with the compassionate and excellent service I received at Rest Haven when my first husband died, that I knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing team," Tonya said. A lifelong Texan, Tonya is married and enjoys spending time with her two children and six grandchildren.
Christy Peoples, Administrative Assistant
Christy is a native Texan and grew up in Rockwall. She is married to Deryl who is the President and owner of Blue Sky Sales, Inc. Christy and Deryl have been married for 24 years and have 8 children, two horses, two donkeys and two dogs. “I am very proud to be a part of the Rest Haven family. Everyone has such a compassion for serving others and a heart for families.”
Melinda Ridenhour, Administrative Assistant
Melinda joined Rest Haven in November of 2000 and serves as administrative assistant at Rest Haven - Rowlett. She has a bachelor’s in Business Administration from McNeese State University in Louisiana where she was born. Spending time with her four grandsons is Melinda's favorite pastime, along with gardening and restoring antiques. Melinda is passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ and enjoys serving others through her association with Rest Haven.
DeAnna Wade, Family Concierge and Assistant to Management
DeAnna Wade is from Caddo Mills, TX and graduated from Community High School. She attended Paris Junior College where she obtained her nursing prerequisites. DeAnna worked eleven years in the medical field before she started working for Rest Haven in the fall of 2014. When DeAnna is not working she spends her time with her husband Chad and their four children.
Keri Whitted, Administrative Assistant
Keri joined the Rest Haven staff in 2015, bringing with her over 17 years of customer service experience in the banking industry. She is married to Julian who is an Account Executive-Pro Services with Lowe's. Keri and Julian have lived in Rockwall for 15 years and are busy parents to their one son, two dogs and a cat. Keri enjoys reading, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family. “I am so proud to be a part of the Rest Haven family,” Keri said. “I love my job and consider it a privilege to help families in their time of need.”