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Brian and Donna Norris

Brian and Donna Norris

Managing Partner

Brian is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Oregon and Washington, a certified cremationist as well as a certified celebrant. He has worked in every area of the funeral industry and is now the managing partner of Bateman Newport LLC which owns Bateman funeral home, Affordable Burial & Cremation as well as Pacific View Memorial Chapel and Cemetery.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and an associate’s degree from Mt. Hood Community College where he earned his Funeral Service Degree. Prior to entering the funeral service industry Brian retired early from United Parcel Service, he served as a Combat Engineer Officer in the Oregon Army National Guard from 1985 to 1997 and was the Northwest Regional Vice President of a large temporary staffing agency.

Brian is involved in a variety of community activities including: serving on the board of directors for the Oregon Funeral Directors Association from 2014 to 2018, President of the Yaquina Toastmasters club from 2016 to 2018, serves as a member of the City of Newport Parks & Recreation Committee, he is currently a member of board of directors for the Greater Area Newport Chamber of Commerce and a member of the American Legion.

Brian and his wife Donna are both native Oregonians and moved to Newport Oregon to be close to Brian’s parents who reside in Newport. They have been married for 35 years, have raised four beautiful daughters and are proud grandparents to five wonderful grandchildren. Donna is a talented teacher for Newport Highschool who is devoted to her special education and medically fragile students.

Brian and Donna are proud and honored that you have chosen our funeral homes to serve your family.


Debby Miller

Debby Miller

Licensed Funeral Director

Debby has lived in Newport for more than 20 years and has been with Bateman Funeral Home since 2009.  “I never would have thought of a career in the funeral business.  But here I am and it’s the most rewarding job I could ever have.”

Debby is a 5th generation Oregonian who grew-up in Grants Pass and then graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism.  She worked as a News Director and DJ at a country radio station in Corvallis for 12 years and then worked for the Lincoln County School District as the Public Information Officer.  “My position was cut in 2002.  I love Newport and wanted to stay.  So I floated around for a while until one day I was at a birthday party. Gene Bateman was also at the party and asked me what I was doing.  I told him I was looking for a job and he said he was looking for an office manager at the funeral home.  I got the job and after a couple of years found that I really liked working with families and helping them thru their grief and confusion.”  

Debby completed her apprenticeship at Bateman and became a licensed Funeral Director in 2012.   

Debby enjoys working in her yard and has more than 60 rhododendrons, azaleas, and hydrangeas.   She likes cooking (and eating) good food, cheering for the Oregon Ducks & Seattle Seahawks, and having her morning coffee with the two cats that she bottle fed when they were born under her house and abandoned by their mother. 


Celeste Bennecke

Celeste Bennecke

Licensed Funeral Director

Celeste has worked with us since June of 2013, first as the office manager at Affordable Burial & Cremation and then as a Pre-need Counselor.  She entered the Funeral Service Provider program as a funeral director apprentice in January of 2014 for both Affordable Burial & Cremation and Bateman Funeral Home.   Completing all mandatory requirements within a year’s time, she became a licensed funeral director in January 2015.

Her previous positions in life as a certified nurse’s assistant, home health aide, special education aide and child care provider has given Celeste the opportunity to work with a wide range of people in different stages of their life. She has great empathy for others, often taking a little extra time to listen to family stories and getting to know the people she works with.  She is eager to offer comfort, quick with a smile and always ready with a gentle hug.

Celeste is a family oriented wife and mother, preferring to spend most of her free time with her husband Pete and their now adult daughters, Genevie and Tamay.  Over the years, her family has had a menagerie of pets, including currently dogs, chickens, and ferrets; and in the past rabbits, cats, a lamb, an iguana and a blue front amazon parrot.  


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