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 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 Association.

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.


Email: Kristi.ahyou@carriageservices.com


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.
Employed by PRECOA, Representative of NGL Insurance Company

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


Navaz Jasavala

Navaz Jasavala

Funeral Director/Embalmer

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 loved ones.

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 still has many dreams and hopes to someday own or 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.

As a fun fact, Navaz was inspired to work with a funeral home from her first car and daily driver, "Gomez," a green 1988 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon hearse. It was purchased to haul around her upright bass. After fruitless auditions for some local and Bay Area orchestras and encouragement from her family to find a consistent "day-job," she took a 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. 


Kristina  Luna

Kristina Luna

Funeral Arranger

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 Bible College.  

She came with over fifteen 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 all been her design.

Throughout the years Kristina has progressed in her career; starting as our Front Desk Associate, to now serving at our Ceres Chapel as a Funeral Arranger, where she feels fortunate to serve in her hometown.

In Kristina’s spare time, she enjoys spending time on her family’s small ranch with her husband, kids and animals. She also enjoys exploring beaches, backyard barbecues, and crafting. Kristina is honored to serve aside such a wonderful team.

Email: kristina.luna@carriageservices.com


Spencer Herendeen

Spencer Herendeen

Funeral Director



Jacquelyn Mello

Jacquelyn Mello

Funeral Arranger/Apprentice



Brenda Gomez

Brenda Gomez

Administrative Assistant

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.      



Stacy Del Ponte

Stacy Del Ponte

Office Coordinator

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 junior with dreams to play basketball in college.

Email: stacy.vincent@carriageservices.com


Rachel Ah You

Rachel Ah You

Administrative Assistant



Matthew Parrott

Matthew Parrott

Site Safety Coordinator



Vicky McDaniels

Vicky McDaniels

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

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.


Beverly  Porovich

Beverly Porovich

Funeral Assistant



Nathan  Ah You

Nathan Ah You

Funeral Assistant



Manuel Meza

Manuel Meza

Funeral Assistant



Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker

Funeral Assistant



Kathleen Pratt

Kathleen Pratt

Funeral Assistant



Rod Landes

Rod Landes

Funeral Assistant



Shelby Sauls

Shelby Sauls

Funeral Assistant



Hannah Watson

Hannah Watson

Funeral Assistant



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