History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

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.


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.


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.


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.  


Our Valued Staff

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


Diane  Madden

Diane Madden, Accounting


Todd  Baum

Todd Baum, Advance Planning Director


Diana Hernandez

Diana Hernandez, Advance Planning


Mary Pena

Mary Pena, Funeral Arranger


Karla Lopez

Karla Lopez, Funeral Arranger


Alisha Berg

Alisha Berg, Funeral Arranger


Monika Mirza

Monika Mirza, Funeral Arranger


Vanesa Padilla

Vanesa Padilla, Funeral Arranger


Kathy McCombs

Kathy McCombs, Embalmer


Ken Schaffer

Ken Schaffer, Funeral Arranger


Yolanda Downs

Yolanda Downs, Cemetery Services


Cheyenne Keathley

Cheyenne Keathley, Cemetery Services


Jennie Stewart

Jennie Stewart, Cemetery Services


Shelby Keathley

Shelby Keathley, Family Services


Our Cemetery Grounds Crew