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

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

Cheyenne Keathley

Cheyenne Keathley, 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