Armis Joseph Ashby, 72, died suddenly of a heart attack August 10, 1994 in Salt Lake City, while working on a community service project.
Born November 11, 1921 in American Fork, Utah, ninth child of Robert L. and Hannah Cropper Ashby. He married Leland (Lee) Hansen, August 23, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. (They had plans for a golden wedding celebration this month.) He graduated from Brigham Young University and the USC College of Dentistry. During World War II he was a dental officer in the U.S. Navy, and later practiced dentistry in Oakland, California for many years. He and Lee enjoyed learning to fly and taking trips in their own plane.Through his vision and ingenuity he contributed a unique service to the LDS Church in the development of the audio-visual programming of the Temple services. He was actively involved in the dedication of 32 temples, working in many parts of the world.
By mastering the computer, he applied his many talents to writing and publishing a number of books on Ashby, Cropper, and Hansen families; and assisted his cousin, Paul Cropper, in bringing thousands of ancestral names to the Family History Library of the Church. He was generous with his time and expertise in helping uncounted neighbors, family and friends, who said "He was a genius--He could do anything!"
Active in the LDS Church, he has served as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple and in many ward and stake positions. Most recently he was clerk of the Capitol Hill 1st Ward.
He is survived by his wife, Lee; daughter, Patrice Ashby Rose (David), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; son, Reed Brice Ashby, Snohomish, Washington; and four grandchildren, Sabrina, Derrick, and Devin Rose, and Sarah Jane Ashby, Wales, U.K. He is also survived by brothers, William C., Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dr. Richard L., Oakland, Calif.; sisters, Lucretia A. Arbon, Bountiful; Mary A. Porter and Eda A. Bingham, Provo; and Bonna A. Brinton, Salt Lake City.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 15, 12 noon, Capitol Hill 1st Ward, 413 No. West Capitol. Friends may call at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 255 So. 200 East, Sunday 6-8 p.m. and Monday at the ward 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ladies Literary Club Heritage Fund, 850 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, 84102.
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