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 is our Managing Partner of Franklin &
Downs, Kristi is married to Bart Ah You and together they have six adult
children, and two grandchildren. Kristi is a lifelong resident of Modesto and
considers Modesto to be her home. Bart and Kristi enjoy spending time with
family and friends, attending Redeemer Church in downtown Modesto and Community
Groups, traveling and living an active healthy life style.
She was elected to the Modesto City Council in 2015
and currently services as Chair of the Great Safe Neighborhoods and Vice Chair
of Effective Government Committees.
Kristi Ah You' s additional contributions to our
community and participation include: Past President of the Stanislaus
County Sheriff’s Employee Foundation; Past Board Member for the California
State Coroners’ Association; Previous Member of the Stanislaus County Death
Review Team; Project Coordinator of “Keeping Infants Sleeping Safe,” in
partnership with Stanislaus County Department of Public Health; Past member of
the Stanislaus County Child Abuse Prevention Council; Salvation Army
Advisory Board; and the Stanislaus County Office of Education Leadership
Academy Board. Kristi is a current board member with Community Hospice. One of
her most memorable experiences was when she participated in a vocational and
cultural exchange and traveled to Chennai, India as a participant in the Group
Study Exchange through Rotary 5220, sponsored by Modesto Sunrise Rotary. Kristi
Ah You is a current Board member serving the California State Funeral Directors
Kristi accepted the position as Managing Partner of Franklin
& Downs Funeral Homes in November of 2011. Kristi graduated from the San
Francisco College of Mortuary Science and received an Associate's degree in
Mortuary Science and later earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management
and completed course work towards a Masters in Forensics. She considers it an
honor to be in a position of serving others, and providing quality servant
leadership to her team and our community.
Advanced Planning Counselor
Navaz is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who
joined us in June 2017, working part time as she pursues a bachelor's degree.
She has been a lifelong resident of Modesto and attended
Beyer High School, University of the Pacific, and Modesto Junior College. Navaz
began her career in funeral service on a whim but quickly realized it was not
an average "9 to 5;" she was truly touched by the relationships made
assisting families in their first steps through grief and caring for their
Navaz served her apprenticeship and began work at Turlock Memorial
Park and Funeral Home and Hillview Funeral Chapels. She is the secretary of the
Valley Lode Funeral Directors' Association.
Navaz got the idea to begin applying for a job with a
funeral home from her first car and daily driver, "Gomez," a green
1988 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon hearse. Aside from some shock value, it was
purchased to haul around her large bass. After fruitless auditions for some
local and Bay Area orchestras and encouragement from her family to find a
consistent day-job, she took the cue from the car, researched mortuary service,
and began sending out applications. Regrettably, Gomez has since been sold but
Navaz continues to keep an eye out for another special wagon.
Navaz still has
many dreams and hopes to someday own/manage a funeral home, be a certified
public accountant, and continue her passion for music with a professional
symphony or opera company.
In her spare time, Navaz enjoys reading classic novels,
flying stunt and power kites, various crafts, and playing double bass in local
orchestras. She aims to obtain her bachelor's in operations management, and if
given the time, minors in accounting and music performance.
Stacy Del Ponte is the Office Coordinator at Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes. Previous to her career at the funeral home, she was a Business and General Education instructor at Heald College in Salida, Ca. Her business background also includes owning a gift shop in Turlock, Ca between 2001 and 2003. Stacy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management in 2008 after returning to college as an adult.
The loss of her mom in 2012 drives her passion for helping families during the hardest times of their lives. Stacy is full of life and warms the hearts of others through her vibrant personality and caring disposition. She absolutely adores her son who currently attends Denair High School as a sophomore with dreams to play basketball in college.
Kristina was born and
raised in Ceres 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 her designs.
Kristina is a member of Ceres Chamber of Commerce, where she actively assists
with their social media profiles and helps build the online audience that
provide support and attendance for special events that enrich her
community. Kristina is also a Rotarian and is a member of the Ceres
Rotary Club. 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.
Ken found his calling for funeral service in 2009 when he was an HVAC technician servicing equipment for a funeral home. Not long after, he began his exploration into the mortuary profession. He has experience in many aspects of the funeral home aside from his passion of funeral arranging, which include embalming and administration. Ken attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas. He is a California licensed Funeral Director, appointed Notary Public, licensed Cemetery Manager and Crematory Manager, Dept. of Insurance licensee for Funeral & Burial insurance, and has completed training with the Dept. of Public Health in EDRS and FDRS for death certificate processing. He holds program certificates for the CFDA Law Review class in 2013 and the ACC Crematory Operator class in 2014. Ken serves on the California Funeral Directors Association's Professional Development and Legislative Committees. In his spare time he enjoys attending Parkwood Seventh Day Adventist Church in Modesto, traveling all over California, and spending time with family and coworkers.
Brenda is one of our bilingual (English/Spanish) staff
members who currently works full-time as an administrative assistant. She works very diligently to make sure that
every family member has proper permits and death certificates. When the need arises, Brenda also meets with
families as a funeral arranger. Brenda
was raised in Waterford, California, graduating high school from Waterford High
School and currently resides in the Ceres area.
Brenda and her son are members of St. Anthony’s Catholic
Church where they attend Sunday morning mass.
She is an avid Dodgers fan and enjoys cheering for her son’s many sports
activities. Brenda looks forward to
continuing her education and following her dreams of being in law enforcement.
Vicky was born and raised in Modesto, California. Growing up she loved riding horses on her family’s ranch and singing in her high school choir. She graduated from Thomas Downey High School in 1986. She then attended nursing school before she became a mother.She and her husband Dr. David McDaniels together have five children . Being a mother is her sole purpose in life. The youngest Derek is a junior at Enochs High school. While her children were young, she dedicated her life to teaching preschool. She later graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. She and her husband owned a successful practice here in Modesto for decades and now have the ability to help patients everywhere due to their growing online virtual practice they call HOPE.Activities include: Serving at Shelter Cove Community Church. Serving with her husband in Modesto Sunrise Rotary for many years. Actively participating in the German exchange program and hosting. Through rotary she is able to advise and help organize the Enoch’s High School Interact Club. She has worked and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club. She is the Central Valley Coordinator for Education First. A non profit organization that coordinates foreign exchange programs for teenage students. She has been a caregiver her entire life. Her grandparents were a great influence in her life, they showed her the importance of a loving compassionate life by example. Faith has shown her how to love, and to want to share that love with others. Vicky believes there is no greater purpose than to help families in need when they have suffered the loss of a loved one.
David grew up in Pleasanton, Ca. After high school, he married his wife, Gina. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Prior to joining the team at Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes in 2016, David retired from a career with Alameda County Public Works where he served for 27 years.
David enjoys his position as a Funeral Assistant where he can utilize his gifts by encouraging and helping others during their time of need.
Family is very important to David and he makes sure they know it by spending time together. He likes the outdoors, creating craft projects, traveling, reading and taking care of the family pets.
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