Desert Lighthouse is Stephen & Elizabeth Sugarman & family. Stephen is the candleman & casket maker.
Elizabeth is chief marketer, order taker, medical transcriber, home school teacher, cook, mom, etc, etc... Our home parish is
Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Yakima, WA.
What & When:
Desert Lighthouse was founded in 2000 as a family home business supplying Orthodox churches & others with beeswax candles.
Simple pine caskets were added in 2002.
We practice our craft in a shop next to our home outside of Tieton, WA. To the West is the beautiful Cascade Mountain range with
its volcanoes & ample recreation opportunities. To the East is the fertile Yakima Valley, famous for its apple industry & wineries.
With only 9" of precipitation yearly (mostly snow), the climate is similar to areas of Central Asia like Kazakstan & Mongolia.
Permanent settlement in this area was made possible only through large irrigation projects built a century ago bringing water from the
mountains to irrigate the rich but dry volcanic soil.
It is our aim to, first of all, make an honest living and also to aid the spread of the Orthodox faith in our own small way by providing
a service to the Church and to our fellow men in general.