Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 209-529-5723 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Kristi Ah You

Kristi Ah You

Managing Partner

Kristi Ah You is the Managing Partner of Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes. She began her career working at Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes in 1997 assisting at funeral services, working visitations and helping out at the funeral home. During college she was hired by Sheriff Les Weidman and appointed as a Deputy Coroner within the Coroner's Division in 1998. In April 2006, she accepted the request to serve as Interim Chief Deputy Coroner; in March 2008, she was appointed as the Chief Deputy Coroner for Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

Kristi graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and received an Associate's degree in Mortuary Science. She later earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and is currently working toward a Master's in Forensics. Kristi accepted the position as Managing Partner in November 2011. She considers it an honor to be in a position of serving others.

Email: Kristi.ahyou@carriageservices.com


LeRoy Hart

LeRoy Hart

Funeral Director/Embalmer

In 1957, during his junior year in high school, Leroy Hart began his funeral career in Sioux City, Iowa at Berkemier Funeral Home. His job duties included assisting with funeral services and the usual duties associated with funeral homes.
After graduating in 1959, Leroy voluntarily entered the U.S. Armed Services and served as a Third Class Yeoman in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bennington and made a Western Pacific Cruise. When Leroy was discharged, he returned to his hometown and married his high school sweetheart, Cecelia, on February 3rd, 1962.

After a short time, they relocated to Los Angeles, where they both were employed in the aerospace industry at Northrup Corporation. During that time, he attended Junior College and in April 1964, he enrolled in the California College of Mortuary Science, graduating in April 1965. By this time, a daughter was born, and it was time to begin his career in Funeral Service. This is when they made their home in Modesto and Leroy began working at Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes. Their son was born shortly after their move to Modesto, completing their family.
After seven years with Franklin & Downs, his career was interrupted, and for two years, LeRoy managed Dreyer’s Ice Parlor/Restaurant in Modesto. He then returned to Franklin & Downs as a part owner and joined Lew Franklin, Sr.,  Lew Franklin, Jr., and Saxon Downs, resuming his career path. He continued to serve our community as a corporate Vice-President and Funeral Director with the firm.

In 1972, Leroy became a Christian and has been a faithful and active member of CrossPoint Community Church. He is a member of the Modesto Rotary Club, where he has held several chairmanships over the years.

Leroy enjoys leisure time with his family and friends. He is currently retired but is available to work services from time to time.

Email: Leroy.Hart@carriageservices.com


Stephanie Mucci

Stephanie Mucci

Embalmer/Funeral Director

Stephanie discovered her passion in 2000 when she began her first job as a funeral assistant. A majority of her career was spent in Los Angeles, where over the years she earned a degree in Mortuary Science and graduated from Cypress College in 2008 to acquire her Embalmer and Funeral Directors License. In 2012, Stephanie, along with her husband David, returned to her hometown here in the central Valley. Her journey has now led her to the Franklin & Downs family, where she hopes to spend many years to come.

Desiree Esparza

Desiree Esparza

Funeral Arranger

Desiree was raised in San Joaquin Valley and graduated from Escalon High in 2008. While still in high school, Desiree attended Adrian’s Beauty College, shortly after graduation she obtained her cosmetology license, she then attended Modesto Junior College. She is married to Javier Marquez, and together they have a daughter and son. Desiree and her family are all members of St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church, where they enjoy attending Sunday morning services. She worked as a hairdresser in Modesto for four years prior to joining the Franklin & Downs staff in April 2013. She is our Lead Arranger and enjoys helping others in a time of need. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, going on road trips to the beach, and DIY projects.

Kenneth Beard

Kenneth Beard

Funeral Arranger

Ken found his calling for funeral service back in 2009 when he was an HVAC technician. Not long after, he began his exploration into the mortuary field. He has experience in many aspects of the funeral home beyond his passion for funeral arranging, which includes embalming, filing death certificates, and decedent preparation and care. Ken is a notary public and holds both a California Funeral Directors Association Law Review/Arrangement Counselor and ACC Crematory Operator certifications, along with Electronic Death Registration System/Fetal Death Registration System training. He is also a licensed cemetery manager and crematory manager, apprentice embalmer, and funeral/burial insurance agent. Prior to his career with Franklin & Downs, Ken completed Stratford Career Institute’s Funeral Service Education program and a mortuary technician program at the National Academy of Mortuary Science.

Kristina  Luna

Kristina Luna

Funeral Arranger

Kristina was raised in Stanislaus County and attended Ceres High School. She is married to Adrian Luna, and together they have six children. Prior to joining the Franklin & Downs team in May 2012, she served as the school registrar at Champions College, where she also attended leadership classes. She came with over ten years of administration, computer and graphics design experience. She is passionate about helping others and enjoys every opportunity to use her creative skills. She has designed a few logos for some of our area’s local businesses, including our very own Franklin & Downs logo. The majority of our newspaper and magazine advertisements have been designed by Kristina.
Kristina is a member of Successful Women of Central Valley, a nonprofit group dedicated to empower, inspire, connect, support and assist other women to achieve personal professional and community goals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and backyard barbecues. Kristina is honored to serve aside such a wonderful team.

Janet Martinez

Janet Martinez

Funeral Arranger

Janet Martinez is one of our bilingual (English/Spanish) Franklin & Downs staff members who currently works directly with families as a Funeral Arranger. Originally born in Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico, Janet was raised as a child in Manteca, California. She now resides in the Modesto area with her husband, Tony Caito and four children. Janet came to Franklin & Downs with eight years of floral experience, including administrative duties and providing floral services to the community and several local funeral homes. Janet is very excited to have taken on this new role with our company as she is motivated to assist families during their most crucial time of need.

Brenda Gomez

Brenda Gomez

Administrative Assistant



Stacy Vincent

Stacy Vincent

Administrative Assistant

Stacy Vincent grew up in Denair, where she graduated from Denair High School. As an adult, Stacy returned to school and graduated from University of Phoenix in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Prior to joining the Franklin & Downs team in September 2016, she was a Business Instructor for Heald College in Salida, California. Stacy is married to the love of her life, James Vincent, and she has one son whom she adores. Stacy is full of life and passionate about helping families and their loved ones. She couldn’t be more excited to begin her new career serving the wonderful community of Modesto and cannot wait to see what the future holds with Franklin & Downs.  

Ramon Mendez

Ramon Mendez

Ambassador

Ramon is a longtime resident of Ceres. He joined our team in May 2014. He is a member of Ceres Chamber and also Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County. He enjoys being a part of our team and is honored to be serving our Ceres families.

Brandon Duncon

Brandon Duncon

Funeral Assistant



Jerry Moon

Jerry Moon

Funeral Assistant



Anna Ferrante

Anna Ferrante

Funeral Assistant



Beverly  Porovich

Beverly Porovich

Funeral Assistant



Abel Medina

Abel Medina

Funeral Assistant



Jordan Herr

Jordan Herr

Funeral Assistant

Jordan James Herr was born in Oakdale, California. He has been a lifelong resident of Modesto and attended school here locally. Jordan is a combat veteran who recently completed his service with the United States Army. Jordan recently returned to his hometown and is extremely excited to be a part of our community. During Jordan’s service, he served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. During his tour, he received an Afghanistan Medal, with campaign star, an Army Commendation Medal, (2nd award) Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal and a combat medal. Jordan considers it an honor to have been of service to our country. Jordan plans to continue serving others throughout his life and has recently enrolled in Modesto Junior College for the fall semester. Jordan, recently joined Franklin and Downs Funeral Homes and is considering a career in funeral service. In the meantime he is a member of toastmaster’s, is in the process of training a service dog, and enjoys spending time with family.

Nathan  Ah You

Nathan Ah You

Funeral Assistant



Bart Ah You

Bart Ah You

Advanced Planning Counselor

Photojournalist Bart Ah You has been capturing moments in the lives of people throughout California for more than a quarter century. His images became a staple of everyday life for Central Valley residents during his award-winning career at the Modesto Bee. His work has appeared on book covers and in magazines such as Time, Newsweek and People, as well as in newspapers throughout the country. He has also been the recipient of many accolades and awards for his work with McClatchy Press throughout the years.

Bart is a long-term and well-respected member of our community. This is why transitioning into working with our pre-arrangement families and making end-of-life decisions is a perfect fit for Bart, our community and Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes.

Bart Ah You is Married to Kristi Ah You and they have six adult children. They enjoy being of service to their community and consider it an honor. Bart likes to spend time with family. In his free time, he is a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club and the Family Justice Center. He is a Rotarian and is the current Sergeant of Arms for Modesto Sunrise Rotary.
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