Distinctive Life - Dallas Funeral Home

The Distinctive Life Dallas Care Team, including our licensed funeral directors, are available around the clock to meet with your family when and where it is best for you. If you don’t have a place of worship and want more than a graveside service, don’t worry – we work with chapels, social halls, and reception rooms all around the Dallas area from which you can choose. Or, you can choose to have a service in a location that’s meaningful to your loved one and your family.

Whether you need to plan a full chapel or church-based funeral service, a memorial service, a cremation-only service, or a simple graveside service, Distinctive Life can help. We believe that every life is distinctive, and every life deserves to be honored in a highly personal and meaningful way.

Beyond our Immediate Need services, Distinctive Life also offers comprehensive pre-planning services to help individuals and families plan ahead, minimize costs, and ensure a legacy is preserved.

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Dallas
(972) 424-1144

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(713) 933-0357

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Dallas: (972) 424-1144

Houston: (713) 933-0357

Pre-Planning Seminars

Join us for a pre-planning seminar to learn more about our services and planning for the future.

Please visit www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov for additional information.

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Andy Starr

OWNER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andy Starr has always had a knack for business, but he’s also always had a deep desire to serve people at critical times in their lives, whether they’re suffering from an injury, caring for aging parents, or enduring the loss of a loved one. As owner and executive director of Distinctive Life Funeral Homes, Andy has led the company’s efforts to change the way individuals and families are served by the funeral industry, focusing on honoring every life in a highly personal and meaningful way.

Before leading Distinctive Life, Andy co-founded and served as senior executive of Hearthstone Assisted Living, helping foster the company’s growth from scratch to more than 30 communities in 10 states. Before Hearthstone, he was a senior member of the founding management team for U.S. Physical Therapy, helping guide its explosive growth from a start-up to more than 75 clinics nationwide and transitioning it to public trading on the NASDAQ exchange.

Andy started his career as a real estate & banking attorney at the Houston firm of Hirsch & Westheimer after graduating with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Zane Belyea

OWNER/COMMUNITY RELATIONS

From an early age, Zane Belyea knew he wanted a career that involved helping people. He earned a degree in social work and psychology at Southern Illinois University, then worked with abused and neglected children. Zane next worked in the education industry, eventually becoming vice president of recruitment for a large education firm. Many years of business travel and a growing family in Dallas led Zane to look for a new career path, so he followed the advice of one of his mentors and began a new career in the funeral industry.

True to his roots in social work, Zane finds it deeply rewarding to help families during one of the worst moments of their lives, and he’s instilled that passion for creating highly personal celebrations of life throughout Distinctive Life. “Every member of our team has a solemn commitment to serve all of our families well beyond their expectations,” says Zane. “We absolutely won’t let them down.”

Liz Vargas

OWNER/HUMAN RESOURCES

As the vice president of accounting at Distinctive Life, Liz Vargas is responsible for the financials, procedures, budgets, and human resources for all Distinctive Life locations. Before joining the company, Liz worked as an accounting professional for more than 25 years in different industries. She specializes in the direction and setup of accounting systems, as well as establishing policies and procedures for financial and operational activities for startup companies. In her spare time, Liz enjoys working in her garden and watching the Houston Astros – her favorite sports team.

Lydia Marruffo

LOCATION MANAGER/FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Lydia is a Native Texan, born and raised in the North Dallas area.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from University of North Texas in Denton and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Investigation from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.  After working in the area of law enforcement since college, Lydia was ready to do what she’s always wanted to; to pursue a career in Mortuary Science.  She attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Services to earn yet another degree, an Associate’s of Applied Science in Mortuary Science.  She graduated with honors, as President of the Women In Black, a member of the Lion’s Club, and earned the coveted Bill Pierce Award by her colleagues.  She is dual licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer (Mortician).  Lydia raised a beautiful daughter, who is now in college, as a single mother.  Lydia is now married and has four dogs!  She loves to travel when possible and loves inquiring about cultural traditions from all backgrounds.  Lydia is truly a Celebration Specialist!  She has served in the North Dallas and Rockwall areas as a funeral director since 2012.  She aims to help each and every family that she serves to honor their loved one in a unique and special way.  Lydia loves to personalize a service and help bring the essence of a loved one to the service.  We are glad to have her as part of our team here at Distinctive Life.

Masha Harris

PRE-PLANNING ADVISOR

Masha Harris was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She is married to the love of her life and enjoys family gatherings and traveling when she can.  Family is first in her heart.  This “family comes first” motto translates into her career as well.  Masha comes to Distinctive Life from a long standing career in the North Dallas area as a Funeral Planning Advisor for over 12 years.   She truly enjoys educating people with regards to end of life decisions and knowing your options.  Masha works closely with local hospice organizations, churches and anyone who wants to have a frank conversation about how they want to be honored.  She loves helping families be creative with putting emphasis on somebody’s celebration of life.  Whether it is a traditional funeral ceremony at a church, to an outdoor picnic in a beautiful park, she wants to be part of that plan. She is also fluent in Russian thanks to her parents insisting the language being kept in the home.

Scott Bennett

PRE-PLANNING ADVISOR

Scott’s bio is coming soon.