Byron E Ashbrook
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North Logan - Byron Eugene Ashbrook, 84, passed away peacefully, on Feb. 23, 2014, at the Logan Valley Nursing Home, Logan, Utah. Gene was born on March 10, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was one of two sons, born to Reverend Milan Forest Ashbrook and Elizabeth Barbour. His brother, James and his parents preceded him in death.
Gene was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. Gene served as a US Navy Corpsman and medic in the Easy Medical Company, First Marine Division in the Korean War.
Gene was married to Hettie Goldrick and together they had two sons, Dennis and David and a daughter, Mary Alice. Gene later divorced and married Delphia Leona Cash. They later divorced.
Following the war, Gene found himself living in Los Angeles,California, working in the film industry as a Sound Engineer. Gene took great pride in recalling stories of his years in Hollywood, working over 40 years in movies and later, television shows, Diagnosis Murder and Matlock. Gene was a member of the Society of Camera Operators. He served as President of the Union and received awards and recognition throughout his career, including the SOC Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the film "Rocky".
Gene was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sept. 1969 and lived the remainder of his life serving faithfully in the church.
Gene lived and served as a Stake Missionary in the La Crescenta, California Stake. In 1994, he met the love of his life, Anna Lee Corbridge, in La Canada, California, Several months later, on Sept. 30, 1994, Gene and Anna were married for time in the Los Angeles Temple.
Gene was called as a service missionary for the LDS AudioVisual Department. He took great pleasure in assisting with the filming of "The Testament", as well as many other church video publications. After his two year service mission, he continued to work part time for the LDS Motion Picture Studio for two more years.
Gene and Anna moved to the cabin on the Corbridge Ranch, north of Soda Springs, Idaho. Gene and Anna served as officiators in the Logan LDS Temple, until they moved back to their home in Cache Valley, just across the street from the Temple.
Although Gene suffered from Parkinsonism for the last years of his life, he took full advantage of living in the shadows of the temple by continuing to volunteer as a witness for many, many sealings and could be seen walking up the steep north hill to the temple while in his early 80s.
Gene was a hard working man, punctual to a fault and always wore a smile. His work was his play, he didn't need any other kind of recreation. He was an avid genealogist, spending countless hours researching family history. He could always be called on to teach and share his testimony and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Gene was a true patriot and loved his country.
Gene is survived by his wife, Anna Lee; his children, Dennis (Marlene) Bullard of Sandy Utah, David Bullard of New Orleans, La. Mary Alice (John) Kaslov of Oceanside, Calif., grandchildren, Shenna and Luke. Doug (Sophia Corbridge) of Smithfield, Utah, Don (Barbara) Corbridge of Hyde Park, Utah, Anne (Robert) Crowther of Malad, ID, Alan (Jill) Corbridge of Richmond, Utah, Danny (Alene) Corbridge of North Logan, Utah and Aleece (Dee) Barrett of Providence, Utah.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center Street, Logan, Utah with Bishop Kaylon Anderson conducting. Viewings will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Allen-Hall Mortuary. Military rites and internment will be in the Logan Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.allenmortuaries.net
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family would like to thank those who assisted with Gene's care.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2014