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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 four 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 serves as the Chair of the Safety & Communities, Audit Committee, Tuolumne River Regional Park Citizens Advisory, County & City JPA and Solid Waste to Energy.
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, 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 past Board member, 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.
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
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.
Funeral Director/Apprentice Embalmer
Spencer Herendeen joined the Franklin & Downs team in
August of 2018 as a Licensed Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer. Spencer
started his journey in the funeral industry in Lodi, CA at the age of 15. He
began by doing the yardwork and routine building maintenance. In 2016, Spencer
received his Funeral Director’s License.
He went on to graduate in December of 2018 from American River College
in Sacramento, CA with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science, with plans to
become a licensed embalmer after finishing his exams. Spencer enjoys hunting
trips, fishing trips, camping and spending time with his family. On most days, he enjoys being outdoors or
just barbequing in the backyard. 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
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 most difficult 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.
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.
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