Elder Marvin J. Ashton, 78, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 22 years, died February 25, 1994 of complications from a blood disorder.

He was born May 6, 1915 in Salt Lake City, to Marvin O. and Rae Jeremy Ashton. He was the second of three brothers and had three sisters. He married Norma Berntson in the Salt Lake Temple on August 22, 1940. For over 53 years they enjoyed an affectionate and loyal companionship, along with their two sons and two daughters: M. John and Patty Ashton, Salt Lake City, Utah; Stephen K. and Wendy Ashton, Henderson, Nevada; Jonne (Dale H.) Wheadon, Boise, Idaho; and Janice (Leif C.) Sorensen, Clovis, California. They have 18 grandchildren. Elder Ashton has two surviving sisters and a brother: Afton (Mrs. Louis R.) Curtis, Eleanor (Mrs. Howard C.) Badger, and Wendell J. (Belva) Ashton.He graduated from the University of Utah in 1936 and later received the Distinguished Alumnus award and an honorary doctorate of laws degree from his alma mater. For a number of years he served on the U's National Advisory Council. He furthered his service to higher education as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities degree form BYU. He was a founder and vice president of a wholesale lumber company for a number of years and served as the chairman of the board of ZCMI, Deseret Book Company and the Polynesian Cultural Center. He was a longtime member of the First Security Corporation Board of Directors and of Zions Securities Corporation. Between 1957 and 1961 he was a member of the Utah State Senate. In 1969 he was called to be the first managing director of the Church Social Services Department. In 1969 he was sustained as an assistant to the Twelve and was ordained an Apostle on December 2, 1971. His previous church calling included years of service on the YMMIA general board and as 1st and 2nd assistant in that organization. He managed Church basketball tournaments for many years along with other youth activities. He had a lifelong devotion to watching and participating in sports, particularly basketball and tennis. He served a mission in England from 1937 to 1939 during which time he edited the Millennial Star and was the captain of a championship basketball team. For his keen interest in Boy Scouting he received its Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle awards.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 2, 1994 at 12 noon in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, under the direction of Larkin Mortuary.

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