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Death: Arden Lindsay Ashton, Sr.

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On November 14, 1997, Arden Lindsay Ashton Sr., beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather, passed away peacefully while doing what he loved best - visiting family.

Arden loved his family and spent his entire life trying to make them happy. Arden was born September 18,1916 in Cedar City, Utah to Henry L. Ashton and Genevieve Nielson Ashton. Shortly thereafter, he moved with his family to Blanding, Utah where he enjoyed an idyllic childhood. In 1927, the Ashton family moved to the Capitol Hill area of Salt Lake City where Arden met the girl that would eventually become his wife, Zina Hinckley.Arden and Zina married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 17, 1938, four years after Arden graduated from West High School. Arden was a masonry contractor and over a 50 year span built numerous buildings in the intermountain west: the McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, the Marriott Library, Metropolitan Hall of Justice in SLC, the SLC Library, and numerous dormitory and classroom buildings at BYU including the Wilkinson Center and the Harold B. Lee Library. He was a skilled stone mason and bricklayer and loved to fly his Bonanza airplane to out of state job sites. Arden enjoyed the construction industry and hired college students in the summer to help them meet the expenses of school. Many a future doctor, lawyer, teacher etc., had a well paying job during the summer months.

Arden's greatest legacy and his pride and joy were not the buildings he constructed, but as he always said, his 8 children, 56 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Arden and Zina visited them whenever possible and when health allowed, attended football games, wrestling meets, plays and other activities of the children. Most evenings grandchildren would receive telephone calls from Grandpa asking how things were and reminding them to do their push-ups.

Arden was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held a number of positions in his ward. He did the stonework for the Salt Lake City Temple Annex Building and surrounding grounds. He often commented about how visionary Brigham Young was to insist on changes in the original construction of the Salt Lake Temple which facilitated the placement of the Annex.

Arden is survived by his wife of 59 years, Zina Hinckley Ashton; three daughters, Penny (Robert) Tripp of Denver, CO., Patricia (John) Cory of Salt Lake City, UT., Pamela (Edward) DeGraffenried of Kanosh, UT.; five sons, Dr. Arden L. (Lorraine) Ashton, Jr., Roger (Colleen) Ashton, Laird (Robin) Ashton, Paul (Mindy) Ashton, all of Salt Lake City, UT., and Dr. Alonzo (Ellen) Ashton of Las Vegas, NV. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lisle (Fay) Ashton and Calvin (Norma) Ashton, and is survived by a sister, Enid (Homer) Curtis of Havenford, PA, and a brother, Dr. H. Lindsay (Sharon) Ashton, of Salt Lake City, UT.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 1997 , 12 noon, at the Grant 6th and 7th Ward Building, 3487 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call Monday evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church on Tuesday for one hour prior to the services. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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