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Franklin Holding Ayrton 1916 ~ 2005 WEST POINT- In the eternal scheme of the Great Almighty, this quiet, humble, and happy man died peacefully in his sleep after a short illness on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at age 88, at the home of his son in West Point, UT. Franklin was born the second son of David James and Eleanor (Helena) Ayrton on December 10, 1916 in Salt Lake City, UT. He married Virginia Edith Julian on April 28, 1941. The marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles, CA Temple of the LDS church. Franklin was a man of great spiritual strength and faith and had served his Church in many capabilities in California, Illinois, and lastly, in Utah. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific. Franklin spent almost his entire working career with United Airlines. Activities associated with the outdoors were a source of much pleasure to him and he was an ardent student of history, particularly of the Civil War and early LDS Church history. Later in his life he took an interest in gardening and was the founding president of the Davis County Master Gardeners Association. Franklin attended public schools in Salt Lake City, and later attended Golden Gate College in San Francisco, CA. His broad circle of family and friends extends from 150 West Longitude to 15 degrees East Longitude, and between the 35th South Parallel and the 52nd North Parallel. Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William, and his wife Virginia. He is survived by his son, David Earl Ayrton (Joyce), five grandchildren, JoAnn Lane (Todd), April Fausett (Rob), Michelle Chatwin (Andrew), Kyle Ayrton (Jennifer). Funeral services will be held Friday, August 5, 2005 at 10 a.m. at the Oak Forest 1st Ward Chapel, 2250 East 2300 North, Layton, UT. Friends and family may Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Road, Layton, UT. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Franklin's name to either the Primary Children's Medical Center or to the Shriner's Hospital for Children would be appropriate and appreciated. e-mail condolences to the family at llm@lindquistmortuary.com