Justin Grey Ashley was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident Monday evening, July 8, 2013.
Justin was born on July 9, 1992 in Fremont, California to Brian and Charise Ashley. He grew up playing soccer and baseball and loved to ride his bike with his two childhood friends, Josh and Alex. He was a Cub Scout and bridged over to become a Boy Scout.
Justin moved to Alaska with his family when he was 12. He quickly made friends.
He attended Trailside for the sixth grade, Goldenview Middle School and South Anchorage High School. He ran track for Goldenview and played football for South High School. His best friends were Kyle, Marcus and Sean.
Justin had a smile and laugh that lit up every room he entered. His love for his friends and family was as big as Alaska. He befriended everyone no matter where you were from. His time was short here but was well spent serving others in Christ's name. He was quick to anger but quick to forgive. He was one of the most compassionate people on this earth.
Justin didn't have many friends: he had hundreds of best friends! He was a peace keeper between everyone he knew or didn't know. He stopped several of his friends from doing drugs or committing suicide.
Although he lost his way at times, he was still aspiring to become a firefighter and planned to finish his schooling in Arizona.
Like his Dad, he discovered a love for "wrenching" and built two motorcycles and had rebuilt his truck.
Justin is survived by his parents, Brian and Charise Ashley; his loving brothers, Noah and Kohl; grandparents, Tom and Jeannette Taylor of Manteca, California; grandfather, John Ashley Sr.; God mother and Auntie, Donica Smith (Louis Pezzella) of Benicia, California; Uncles, Robert Ashley (Sonia Seay) of Nikiski, Alaska and John Ashley (Donna) of Livermore, California; Auntie Angela Ashley of Anchorage, Alaska; cousins, Kalli Smith, Erik Ashley, Kristina Ashley, Denay Ashley, Bailey Morton, Myles Ashley and Hannah Ashley.
Justin was preceded in death by his Great Grandma Palma Mendonca; his Gammy Melody Gertz and his Auntie Christina Gertz.
Services will be held Saturday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Change Point, 6689 Change Point Dr. Justin's home will be open to all for a reception after the services. Bring a lawn chair and something to share.
A Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Anchorage, AK: The Justin Grey Ashley Memorial Fund.
Justin would want his brothers and all of his friends to not make the same mistakes he made, to follow their dreams, work hard and love their family and friends.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from July 12 to July 13, 2013