Ken Summers


With Manteca roots stretching back to the 1930s, Ken Summers is a great example of a hometown boy who made good Ken's great-grandfather, Pearson Leroy Fry, and grandfather, Paul Fry, Sr., founded the P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home in Manteca in 1932, where Ken now serves as the fourth-generation funeral director. Ken began working for his grandmother, Lucille Fry, part time during high school. His part time job turned full time in 1986 and he later became the manager in 1997 when Lucille retired. Ken has served thousands of families and always regarded the goodwill and reputation of P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home as second to none. His guiding principles are honesty, integrity, and quality in everything he does. This was instilled in him by his family at a young age. Ken received his AA Degree in Business from Delta College in Stockton and is a California Licensed Funeral Director, Cemetery Manager, and Crematory Manager. Ken also served as past president of the Valley Lode Funeral Directors Association. Besides being active professionally, Ken is also very active in the community. He is a former board member of the Manteca Historical Society and Museum, a past Committee Member of the Manteca Prayer Breakfast, and a past Manteca Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Ken has been married to his wife, Lynne, for over 35 years. Ken and Lynne are both East Union High School graduates and have lived in Manteca their entire lives. They have two children, Kara Teach (and her husband Jeff) and Kenny Summers. Ken was very involved with his children's sports programs. He coached his daughter, Kara, for many years when she participated in competitive softball programs. Ken also coached and sponsored many basketball teams that his son, Kenny, participated in. Ken continues to sponsor various High School and Youth sports programs throughout the community.