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 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.
Advanced Planning CounselorPhotojournalist 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.
Funeral Director/EmbalmerIn 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.
Navaz is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who joined us in June 2017.
She has been a lifelong resident of Modesto and is currently attending CSU Stanislaus. Navaz may have 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 in 2011 and Hillview Funeral Chapels in 2016. She is the secretary of the Valley Lode Funeral Directors' Association.
In her spare time, she 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 music performance.
*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, but 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.
Spencer Herendeen joined our team in August of 2018 as
a full time Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer. Spencer started his
journey in the Funeral Industry in Lodi, CA at the age of 15. He began
doing the yardwork and routine building maintenance. In 2016, Spencer became a Licensed Funeral Director.
In December of 2018, he graduated from American River College in
Sacramento, CA with a degree in Mortuary Science. Most recently in 2019, Spencer became a Licensed Embalmer. Spencer enjoys hunting trips, fishing
trips, spending time with his family, camping, outdoors and backyard BBQ's. Spencer has a passion for working in the funeral industry and considers it to be his life-long career.
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.
Jacquelyn joined our team in August of 2017 as in intern while pursuing a degree in Funeral Services at American River College. She graduated in December of 2017, and shortly after began meeting with families as a Funeral Arranger. Jacquelyn is also pursuing her embalmer’s license and is currently working on her apprenticeship.
Jacquelyn was raised in Gustine, CA and graduated from Gustine High School. After High School, she attended Modesto Junior College where she graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences. During this time she worked for her uncles’ trucking companies out of Stevenson, CA. Jacquelyn is no stranger to the Modesto area, and enjoys spending time with her family out at Blom’s Ranch.
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 senior with dreams to play basketball in college.
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.
Prior to her career at Franklin & Downs Funeral Home, Mary worked in many of the legal clerk positions in the law enforcement field in Stanislaus County for 12 years. Mary has also worked for Staples, USPS, Hunt Wesson, and the City of Ceres. Mary has been a caregiver since she was 11 years old and has experienced caring for others with multiple medical conditions, hospice and with VA home health care assistance. Mary feels very blessed to be in such a caring environment that she has found in the team at Franklin & Downs.
The loss of Mary's father in 2018 brought to fruition her desire to work within the funeral industry. She enjoys assisting others in any capacity for which she has the ability and given the opportunity. Mary enjoys listening and sharing life experiences and accomplishments with the many families for whom she comes in contact.
In Mary's free time, she loves spending it with family. Whether it is needle or picture crafting, whale watching, enjoying the forest, working in the garden, or cooking meals together, her family is her greatest passion.
Site Safety Coordinator
Matthew Parrott was born and raised in Modesto graduating from Modesto High School. He is responsible for security and safety regulations for the funeral home. He is extremely diligent in assuring that all operations within the funeral home meet the high standards set forth by our mission statement.
Matthew has worked for Franklin & Downs since March of 2018. He looks forward to completing his college education and advancing within the company.
You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.