Our Funeral Directors & Staff
|John Onstott, Founding Partner|
Mobile Phone: 713-899-6434
Mr. Onstott, former President and CEO of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors, has dedicated himself to the service of others, both professionally and pastorally, for over 44 years. He has served families and communities in a management capacity at some of the largest and most prestigious funeral homes in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. In addition, John was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2006, and has served congregations in three parishes in New Mexico and Texas. John previously served as the Director of Public Relations for the Houston family of Dignity Memorial’s 26 funeral homes and 7 cemeteries.
For the three prior years, John was the President and CEO of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors in Houston, one of a very small number of premier funeral firms in the United States. A boutique firm known for its “White Glove” service, coupled with merchandise designed for the firm only, as well as privacy, confidentiality and security, Geo. H. Lewis & Sons serves an extremely discerning and distinguished clientele. It is known for its major investments in Houston treasures such as the arts, medicine and charities. On behalf of the Firm, John sat and continues to be a part of several boards of directors. Including the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership and the Huffington Center on Aging, former Governing Director of the Houston Symphony as well as a Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera and has partnered intimately with the Junior League of Houston and was a member of The Houston Polo Club. He is also a member of the Houston Rotary Club. John is a former board member of the Texas Immunization Partnership and past member of the Executives Association of Houston.
Before joining Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, John served as Sr. Vice President of Cook-Walden Funeral Home – the flagship location in Austin, Texas – and also as Director of Community Affairs and Philanthropy for Cook-Walden Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in both Austin and Georgetown. John oversaw funeral operations, including Fleet and Care-center. He was the key liaison for relationships with community organizations, both secular and religious.
In Austin, Mr. Onstott was active in the Austin Rotary Club, having been chosen VP of Membership for the 2013-14 Rotary year. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Legacy of Giving, member of Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, member of the University of Texas Club and The Headliners Club.
In addition to his service at Cook-Walden, Rev. Onstott served for two years as the part time Rector of St. Michael and All Angels Anglican parish in Kerrville, TX after being received into the Anglican Communion. Rev. Onstott was also an Interim Priest in El Paso, Texas.
Prior to Austin, John was Managing Partner of the leading funeral home in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was ordained to the Diaconate and the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. He was first Curate and the Associate Rector of The Church of the Holy Faith. As President of the Santa Fe Rotary Club, he served two terms as Coalition Chair of the Santa Fe Immunization Coalition and worked closely with First Lady of New Mexico, Mrs. Barbara Richardson and senior New Mexico Department of Health officials. Mr. Onstott served on the Santa Fe Quality of Life committee, and was a board member of Gerard’s House. At the Governor’s request, Mr. Onstott organized the State of New Mexico Memorial Service for those who died in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech and the United States Capitol Christmas Tree and Ornament effort.