Our Acclaimed 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 Valued Staff
Randy & Janet Krassow, Owners
Randy and Janet Krassow, owners of Santa Cruz Memorial, are both actively involved and dedicated to serving the local community. Randy, a third generation native of Santa Cruz, learned the values of commitment and service from his grandmother, Ella, one of the first successful Santa Cruz businesswomen and civic leader who began her working career as a ‘Lady Attendant’ at a local funeral parlor in 1919. Starting his career at Santa Cruz Memorial in 1978, Randy has since devoted over 35 years of compassionate service to the community of Santa Cruz, building a reputation of hard work and excellence, dedicating himself to help those in their time of need. His deep roots in the community, attending local schools and college, and belonging to many local organizations have allowed Randy to provide Santa Cruz family’s with unsurpassed care and a commitment to continue Santa Cruz Memorials 150+ years of service.
Janet Krassow has served as the Director of Family Service at Santa Cruz Memorial for a decade after retiring as the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Boys & Girls Club. After receiving her degree at San Diego State University Janet spent many years as a teacher in both elementary and middle schools. As Director of Family Services at Santa Cruz Memorial Janet’s primary responsibilities are to make certain that each family is served with care and dignity, that they have the services that best reflect their traditions and heritage and that all families receive support and assistance long after the services are over. Janet has developed an After Care program that includes grief counseling, a detailed resource manual, annual community memorial service, and more.
Together Randy and Janet have five children, two grandsons Ryan and Ross, and granddaughter Lillie. Many are involved in the business, truly making Santa Cruz Memorial a family tradition. Both Janet and Randy have served on the Boards of several local charitable organizations, including their own private foundation whose charitable giving is directed to youth in Santa Cruz County. Janet and Randy are proud to serve the community of Santa Cruz whether through community involvement, charity or in a family’s time of need, and are dedicated to providing the best quality of service, from their family to yours.
Leonard Robideaux, General Manager
Leonard Robideaux has been on staff at Santa Cruz Memorial for over 36 years, serving in almost every capacity during his tenure. Leonard is now serving as the General Manager, overseeing the day-today operations of the cemeteries and funeral homes. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz area, Leonard’s association with Santa Cruz Memorial is a family tradition. His father began working for the firm in 1962, and spent almost 30 years there. Over the years, Leonard has seen Santa Cruz Memorial make positive changes, continually improving its commitment to serving families and the local community. Leonard says it is rewarding to “be able to help people during their difficult times.” Leonard and his wife Carla have two daughters, and two granddaughters.
Doug Martine, Funeral Counselor
Doug Martine was born in Santa Cruz and is a 3rd generation Santa Cruz funeral director. Thru his work at White’s Mortuary with his father, Bill Martine and grandfather, Bill White, since the early 1960’s. “I found the satisfaction that comes with helping others in need” states Doug. Both Doug and his wife Martha have been very active in many local charity and service organizations. They have a son, Scott, daughter, Katie and granddaughter. Doug also enjoys swimming, bicycling and is a certified rescue scuba diver. The quality of service that Doug learned from his family continues to guide him today.
Chris & Gina Krassow, Building & Grounds Supervisor/ Grief Counselor and Office Manager
Chris Krassow is a 4th generation Santa Cruzan. Named for his Great-Great Grandfather who developed many apple orchards in Santa Cruz in the 1800’s with his civil war pension, Chris has been around the funeral and cemetery business his entire life. He began “officially” working for Santa Cruz Memorial in 2003 after spending many of his early years doing volunteer work at both cemeteries. Chris is the Buildings & Grounds Supervisor, responsible for over 75 acres of property in three cemeteries, roads and seven major buildings.
Chris is a hard worker with a great eye for detail which is evidenced by his commitment to maintain and improve the historic grounds of Santa Cruz Memorial cemetery property. “I enjoy developing new skills and techniques for maintaining and improving the cemetery property. Four generations of my family rest here, I’m committed to caring for them and the thousands of others whose families have chosen these cemeteries as the final resting place for their loved ones.”
Gina Krassow joined the Santa Cruz Memorial family in 2006 and the Krassow family in 2009 with her marriage to Chris. Gina was born and raised in the Bay Area, moving to Monterey for college. Gina received her degree in Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Psychology. Her education has helped her in her work with grieving families but her natural instinct and ability to help others is what makes her exceptional in serving families during a very difficult time. “I find it rewarding to help families find the best way to remember and memorialize their loved ones. Each family’s needs and traditions are different. My job is to help them create a service which best serves their family’s values and beliefs."
Chris and Gina are proud parents of daughter Lillie June born in 2012. Named for Chris' grandmother, "Lillie", and Gina's grandmother, "June", Lillie June is a wonderful addition to the Krassow Family.