Varner Elected President of ICCFA

Date Published: 
March 17, 2011



STERLING, VA (March 17, 2011) – Kenneth E. Varner, CCFE, president and chief executive officer of Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association in Colma, California, serving San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, was elected president of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) during its 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition, March 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to serving as president and CEO, Varner also is president and chairman of the board of Cypress Lawn’s for-profit subsidiaries and the non-profit Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation. 

Varner previously served six terms as treasurer of the ICCFA, chairman of the ICCFA Finance Committee, chairman of the ICCFA Future Directions Committee and member of the association’s Executive Committee.  He served on the ICCFA board of directors from 1999 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2007.  He is a past president of the Cemetery & Mortuary Association of California and serves as that organization’s chief financial officer, member of the board of directors and chairman of its Nominating Committee.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the Funeral Service Foundation, a national philanthropic organization.

Varner is a member of the Historic Cemetery Alliance, Cemetery Council, National Funeral Directors Association, Cremation Association of North America and Preferred Funeral Directors International, and he is a frequent speaker at state and national professional events.

He entered the cemetery and funeral service profession in 1989 and previously held positions as controller, general manager and regional manager of cemeteries and combination cemetery/funeral home companies for The Loewen Group International until 1996 when he joined Cypress Lawn.  

Varner holds a bachelor of science with a dual major in accounting and finance from Oregon State University. He received a certified public accounting (CPA) license from the state of Oregon in 1982. He holds a Certified Cemetery Funeral Executive (CCFE) designation in recognition of his extensive cemetery and funeral management experience and skills. 

He is involved with various community educational groups. In February of 2010, he was elected president of the board of the San Mateo County Community College Foundation, which raises and manages scholarship funds for 40,000 students on three community college campuses.

Founded in 1887, the ICCFA is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization industry. Its membership is composed of 7,500 cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories, memorial designers and related businesses worldwide.


Varner elected