Our staff of professionals are knowledgeable, caring and sincere—qualities that are invaluable during your time of need. The San Diego communities are rich in religious and cultural diversity and our staff is well trained in the traditions and faiths that surround us.
Chris joined Vic and Nadine to extend their compassion and dignity in the funeral profession. After seven years in the Santa Cruz Mountains wine industry, Chris brings his calm disposition, positive attitude, diligent communication skills, and caring demeanor to our Legacy family. He earned his California Funeral Director’s License and has been with Legacy since May of 2013.
At the time, death-care was a new arena for Chris, but he quickly learned how to make arrangements that best fit each family’s unique requests. Chris truly believes that a family in mourning needs to be treated as he would want to be treated—with care, a patient ear, and attention to detail.
License: FDR 3685
Preparation Room Coordinator
Taylor has a deep passion for creating a memorable experience for grieving families who are saying a “final goodbye” to their loved ones. Her excellent preparation skills, attention to detail and professional expertise bring her many compliments from families. Knowing that the care she provides makes a difference in their grieving process is very satisfying.
Having served in the military, Taylor understands what it means to serve others. Additionally, her degree in counseling taught her the ability to respond with care to the expectations of the people she serves.
Reyna is an administrative assistant at Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care. Her primary focus is working directly with the San Diego County Health Department of Vital Statistics to order and file death certificates. Reyna compliments the core ethics of our team with compassion, integrity, genuine care, and attention to detail. She finds wholehearted satisfaction in assisting families experiencing inexpressible grief and feels truly honored to be a part of the Legacy family. Reyna speaks and writes Spanish fluently and often assists our Hispanic clients.
When Reyna is not working, she spends time with her two sons and volunteers in the community. She values a healthy lifestyle and enjoys cooking for her family.
Funeral Assistant/Apprentice Embalmer
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Nathan moved to San Diego with the intention of entering the funeral care profession. He has always been drawn towards helping others and wanted a career he felt passionate about. It is his belief that being a funeral director is one of the world’s most honorable ways to help and care for others. Nathan started his career at Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care as a funeral assistant and apprentice embalmer. He plans to complete a mortuary science program, obtain his embalmer and funeral director license, and build a rewarding career that brings him the happiness and reward of helping people when they need it most.
Ted Nilsen has been a funeral service professional since 1970. Prior to joining the Legacy staff, he was employed with the San Diego County Medical Examiners Office for 33 years. His last position was Examining Room Supervisor. Ted is a 1973 graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and a member of the British Institute of Embalmers. He is also a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, NU Chapter.
Ted feels his compassion for families at a very difficult time was his calling in life.
Ron Doris joined the Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care family in 2014. He previously served as a Service Director at a North County mortuary for 6 years. He served in the United States Navy for 27 years and retired as a Command Master Chief in 1994. Ron then served 11 years as a civilian program manager with the Navy’s Southern California Off-Shore Range
Ron became involved with the bereavement ministry at his parish in North County by serving as a funeral sacristan and Eucharistic minister. Being of personal assistance to families, especially military families throughout the funeral process is a rewarding experience for him. Ron feels the professional but yet a caring family atmosphere of Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care is essential to helping families through their loss.
Ron and his wife Sue married in 1983 and are involved in volunteer work. He enjoys being a docent with the USS Midway Museum and is a parishioner at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Service Director/Retired Funeral Director
Prior to his retirement, Ernie’s career as a Funeral Service Professional was focused primarily on managing a funeral home in the south county area of San Diego. As a retired Funeral Director, he generously assists the team at Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care as a Service Director and public relations assistant.
With years of experience in the funeral industry, and in caring for people, Ernie recognizes that under the leadership of Vic and Nadine Savino, Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care can be counted on to provide only the very best for the families they serve.
Ernie was asked to join the team at Legacy because he shares the Savino’s honesty, discretion and dignity, and their commitment to caring for people. He is a valued asset at Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care.