Ralph Ashton (1929 - 2018)

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Ralph William (Bill)
Ashton died peacefully
at home on April
18, 2018. Bill was born
in Arvada, Colorado,
on May 6, 1929. Bill is
preceded in death by his
parents, Ralph E. and
Helen Ashton, sister, Marie
Lykou, and brother,
Robert Ashton.
Bill is survived by his
wife of 61 years, Phyllis
(Salvador) Ashton, daughters, Tammy
Yonkie (Dave), and Vicki Wolf (Eric)
and grandchildren, Dawn Yonkie,
Ashton and Eric Wolf, and Tori Wolf-
Templeton (Andrew), sister-in-law,
Leona Hunt, brother-in-law, Paul
Salvador (Joan), and numerous nieces
and nephews.
After graduating from Arvada High
School in 1947, and CU Boulder in
1951, Bill started his career as a high
school science teacher in the small
towns of Sedgwick and Haxtun, Colorado.
After a short stint in Coronado,
California, Bill finally settled in Jefferson
County in 1960, where he taught
at Jefferson High School for three
years. He then helped open Arvada
West in 1963 and spent 23 of his 32
year teaching career there. While at
Arvada West, he chartered the Honor
Society and the Arvada West Interact
Club, a club that initiated the Arvada
Alive CPR training. In 1987, Bill
received both the Arvada West Area
Distinguished Teacher and Colorado
Educator for Jefferson County awards.
In 2015, Bill was inducted into the
Arvada West High School Foundation
Hall of Fame in recognition of
his contributions to the school and
Outside of teaching,
Bill was a very involved
member of his community.
Bill was a member of
Arvada Rotary from 1974-
2000, serving as president
from 1983-1984. He
was on the Jeffco Credit
Union Board from 1970-
1990, and chairman during
construction of the
355 Union Building.
A longtime advocate of Olde Town
Arvada, Bill was a charter member of
the Arvada Historical Society, serving
as president from 1995-1997, and
chairman for the Arvada Flour Mill
Annex Project. He served on committees
for the Olde Town Walking Tour,
Olde Town Historic Districts, McIlvoy
Park and Pavilion, the Gold Strike
Park Master Plan, the McIlvoy House
Restoration, and the Forward Arvada
Building Corporation. He was treasurer
of the Pro Arvada Committee
in 1991 and pushed for the expansion
of the Arvada Center, City Hall, and
Ralston Road to Sheridan. Bill was
recognized by the Arvada Chamber of
Commerce as Man of the Year in 1994,
and is named in Profiles of Arvada for
the First 100 Years published in 2004.
A memorial service was held on
Tuesday, April 24th, at Arvada United
Methodist Church in Arvada, Colorado.
Contributions can be made to
the Arvada Historical Society, 7307
Grandview Ave., Arvada, CO 80002,
the Arvada West High School Foundation
for the Bill Ashton Science
Scholarship, P.O. Box 1677, Arvada,
CO 80001-1677, or the Arvada Rotary
Foundation, P.O. Box 171, Arvada, CO
Funeral Home
Aspen Mortuary
6370 Union Street
Arvada, CO 80004
(303) 422-8882
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