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James Barton Ashcroft
Feb. 26, 1921-Jan. 1, 2013
James "Jim" Barton Ashcroft, 91, died on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, quietly in his home in Hurricane, Utah. Jim was born Feb. 26, 1921 in Fruitland, to Charles and Myrtle Ashcroft.
When Jim was young he lived on the Navajo Reservation with his family. He learned to speak the Navajo language as a young boy. Jim would ride his horse to school on Monday morning 20 miles and stay with the school teacher during the week and ride his horse back home on Friday. He was 6 years old when he would do this. Jim met his wife, Zona Shumway while working on a job. She was a waitress in a restaurant and she would give him extra food when he would come in. She got fired for doing that.
Jim and Zona were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple and spent many happy years together. Jim also served in the Navy in WWII. Jim and Zona had 5 children. Andrew who died at birth. Andrea Ashcroft, Dennis Ashcroft, Tauna Lee Ashcroft and Kelly Ashcroft. Later in life, Jim and Zona served 4 missions. These missions brought them closer together. They became inseparable.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Zona S. Ashcroft.
A viewing will be 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to services.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 300 So. 100 W. in Hurricane, Utah.
Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in Greenlawn Cemetery in Farmington.
A reception will follow at the LDS Stake Center, 10 County Road 6523, off U.S. Highway 64 in Kirtland..
Condolences may be shared at mcmillanmortuary.com
Arrangements are with McMillan Mortuary in St. George, Utah 435-688-8880.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11, 2013