Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

100k
legacies honored
144
years in business
300k
moments remembered

Learn the legacy.

1875

In November 1875, Edmund Warner, the son of a local wheat farmer, was the first person to be interred in the young town of Turlock. The land in which he was interred was owned by John W. Mitchell, an early Californian entrepreneur and wheat farmer.

1876

Mitchell established the site as a cemetery in March of 1876 and operated it with a small group of Turlock citizens until 1885. At that time he deeded five acres and transferred operations to a board of directors who formed Turlock Cemetery Association as a non profit organization.

In the early years, operating a cemetery in a town of less than 300 people was simple. Local citizens cared for their loved ones’ graves and fundraisers were held to provide additional funds for continued maintenance.

1891

In 1891, the first well was dug and a windmill erected so trees and shrubs could be planted. The large cypress trees in the old portion of the cemetery date back to that period.

1893

When John W. Mitchell died in 1893, he generously bequeathed five additional acres for future cemetery development. Mitchell himself is entombed in a private mausoleum located in the southwest section of the cemetery.

Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home was established in 1875, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Lonnie Alvares

Lonnie Alvares

President, CEO
Scott  Atherton

Scott Atherton

Executive Vice President
Kim Romero

Kim Romero

Office Manager
Kenneth Beard

Kenneth Beard

Funeral Director/Embalmer
Diane  Madden

Diane Madden

Accounting
Todd  Baum

Todd Baum

Advance Planning Director
Diana Hernandez

Diana Hernandez

Advance Planning
Karla Lopez

Karla Lopez

Funeral Arranger
Alisha Berg

Alisha Berg

Funeral Arranger
Monika Faridi

Monika Faridi

Funeral Arranger
Kathy McCombs

Kathy McCombs

Embalmer
Yolanda Downs

Yolanda Downs

Cemetery Services
Jennie Stewart

Jennie Stewart

Cemetery Services
Shelby Keathley

Shelby Keathley

Family Services
Paul  Springer

Paul Springer

Funeral Attendant
Darell  Haile

Darell Haile

Funeral Attendant
David Bonde

David Bonde

Funeral Attendant
Vicky McDaniels

Vicky McDaniels

Funeral Arranger

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