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Obituary: John ""Jack""Ashton

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3/15/20 ~ 9/8/03

John "Jack" Stubbs Ashton passed away Monday morning, September 8, 2003 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 15, 1920 in Provo, Utah, the seventh of eight children of Charles Henry and Maud Ellen Stubbs Ashton.

John was raised in Pleasant View in the shadow of the present-day BYU campus, where he helped his father farm. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1938 and was employed by Pacific States Pipe near Ironton until he joined the Service. Jack served three and a half years in the U.S. Army 3198 Signal Corp in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He was attached to the 14th Air Force "Flying Tigers." He spent much of the war in India and south central China and loved to recount his experiences there. He especially loved his flights over the "Hump," better known as the Himalayas.

After Jack returned from the war, he worked in the rolling mill at Geneva Steel as crane operator and shearman until he retired after 37 years of service. He had one son, Michael, from his first marriage. He later married Clea Beth Whatcott on August 9, 1952 in Provo, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple April 29, 1962. They lived in the Provo Riverbottoms, where they raised their family on the family farm. One of Jack's happiest days was the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary in 2002.

Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved spending time with his wife and sons. He loved working in his orchard and was known by the many neighbors to whom he gave apples as "Apple Jack." His generosity with his harvests meant that others enjoyed much of the fruit of his labors.

He was a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various ward callings, including scoutmaster, financial clerk, and head of the senior citizen program, and was a wonderful home teacher. He was a man who loved to serve others but wanted to remain anonymous for his many good deeds.

Jack is survived by his wife, Clea; and five children: Michael, Bryan Dutson (Sue), Keith (Pam), Jim (Lisa), and Wade (Brenda); 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Deaun (Clarence) Schneider. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 12, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the Edgemont Stake Center, 303 West 3700 North, Provo, Utah. Friends and family may call Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem, UT, and also Friday one hour prior to the services at the stake center. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.

Military rites will be performed by VFW District #4.