History and Staff
Designed for our families to be comfortable and peaceful, our home features an intimate chapel and viewing area, a spacious lobby and a kitchen that families can use to serve food and refreshments to their guests.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Vic and Nadine Savino
Vic and Nadine understand that death is a sad but inevitable part of life, and families praise their quality service and respectful, compassionate understanding.
Vic has managed individual mortuaries, national funeral and cemetery corporation facilities in the San Francisco Bay area, and facilities in the high desert. He also served as Vice-President of Operations at a mortuary-cemetery complex in Orange County.
Nadine has worked for a national funeral and cemetery corporation, and now manages Legacy’s local mortuary offices. Her background as an office professional is a perfect complement to Vic’s industry experience.
License: FDR 920
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
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.
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, OSCM(SW) USN- Ret.
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.
Emily had the desire to be a part of the funeral profession for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in San Diego, Emily attended Cypress College to further her education and graduated with her Mortuary Science Degree as well as receiving her Funeral Directors license. She served a year in the profession before becoming an apprentice embalmer. Emily joined the Legacy Funeral Care Family to use her acquired preparation room talents in the areas of funeral assistance, embalming, cosmetics and restorative art. She plays an important role at Legacy Funeral Care in helping honor and serve the community.
Lucas has been providing compassionate care to the funeral profession since 2008. As a native San Diegan, Lucas has always been concerned with contributing to his community. It was a great honor in 2016 when Legacy Funeral and Cremation care offered him the opportunity to serve his community in a meaningful way. He is an advocate for you and the memories you have of your loved one. He works diligently to perform his work in a way that helps you and your family honor those memories. His goal is to offer the same respect and care to your family as he does his own.
Georgette's main duty at Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care is to work directly with the San Diego County Health Department of Vital Statistics to file death certificates. She is also an apprentice embalmer. She previously attended Cypress College, majoring in Mortuary Science. She hopes to be able to complete the course whenever time allows.
Sue Doris worked in the radiation oncology field for over 25 years as a dosimetrist and chief technologist in hospitals in the US and overseas as well as a technical director for a commercial treatment planning corporation which included performing demonstrations and installations of computer systems throughout the United States. Sue is responsible for a variety of office tasks and also assists with visitations and services.
Sue feels honored to be a part of the professional, caring staff of Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care. Sue and her husband Ron married in 1983. She is involved in various volunteer works and is a parishioner at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Rudee has worked for a private, family owned company and gone on to manage for an international funeral and cemetery corporation. She now works as a licensed funeral director with Legacy’s local mortuary office, and as a licensed embalmer, oversees the preparation of loved ones in their care.
Rudee knew at a young age that her calling was in funeral service. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, she attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and received her Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science. Rudee understands that each death is difficult and unique and the special relationships that families hold dear are to be honored. She focuses to take care of all the details while developing a lasting impression of comfort and care with each family.