Douglas K. Ashby
1947 - 2020
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Douglas K. Ashby, 72, of Yuba City, CA, passed unexpectedly on Monday, March 09, 2020. He was born July 16th, 1947, in Honolulu, HI, went to Middlebury College in Vermont; Stanford Law School and was a retired Attorney. He had been a resident of the Yuba Sutter area for 47 years. He was a well respected member of the legal community for 39 years, Chairman of the Board at Adventure Church, Captain in the US Army, retired in 1977.

Nothing was more important to Doug than family and he made sure each one of them knew it.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, loving wife and best friend of 47 years, Joan; sons, Daniel, David (Gina), Peter (Jessica), and Paul (Schea); eleven grandchildren; brother, Larry (Jean); and sister, Susan (Jon). In addition to his immediate family, he had countless people who called him "Pops."

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Barbara Ashby.

Pops loved life. His favorite slogan was "life is good" and he lived it every day. He was happiest when he was outdoors. His interests included hiking, skiing, x-country skiing, fishing, camping, golfing, kayaking and baseball. He enjoyed music and playing his guitar with multiple music groups throughout his life. He also loved to spend time in Graeagle, Stinson Beach, Bandon Dunes, at Peach Tree and in Maui. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Pops loved to go to church and we are sure he is playing his guitar in the worship band in heaven.

Pops had a passion for people and intentionally connected with them in their everyday lives. He modeled his life after this scripture: "I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ. I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. I do all of this to spread the good news, and in doing so, I enjoy its blessings. -1 Corinthians 9:19-23.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 20th, 2020, at 1 pm at Hope Point Nazarene Church. In lieu of flowers, Pops would ask you to extend grace to others and "finish strong."

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2020.
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March 24, 2020
A true gentle man. A Godly man. A kind word for all, even the somewhat undeserving. Prayers for your wonderful family. Please watch over us until we meet again.
March 22, 2020
Miss you, Doug! You were always a light in this world showing Jesus love to all. Enjoy playing in the heavenly band. ♥
Janet &
March 20, 2020
joan sproul
March 16, 2020
Doug was truly an awesomely, outstandingly gentle Godly man whom I was blessed to have in my life. I am so grateful that I was privileged to have him, Joanne and family in my life.
Richard Newkirk
March 15, 2020
Admiration & Respect ... words that apply to Doug since I was a teen ... he was a wonderful boss, friend and follower of Christ ... much love & prayers to all of his family. Love, Shari (Rollins) Afato
Shari Afato
March 15, 2020
We have very fond memories of Doug. He loved the song "Victory in Jesus" and we were singing it this morning in his memory. Bill served for years with Doug in Full Gospel Businessmen, a group sharing their love of God with others. Heaven is a wonderful place and we look forward to hanging out there in the not too distant future with our friend Doug. Those of us left behind and family will sorely miss you.
March 15, 2020
Doug (Ashby) offered openness and friendship to all! For his sons, wider family, and his very large circle of friends and acquaintances, he modeled how to be an exceptional husband, father, friend, and active community member! Of course, Doug's relationships extended well beyond these. For me, though, knowing Doug through my wife, Nancy, whose cousin is Doug's wife, Joan, I always admired Doug's tremendous breadth of interests and involvement, his ability to weave and bring forward and model a strong spirituality in his daily life, his friendship and kindness, his integrity, and his strong commitment to family! As a man and a father, I, particularly appreciated Doug's clear commitment to model for his sons and others the qualities that make a good husband, father, and friend! I believe Doug committed his life to this mission, which he absolutely accomplished! Thanks, Doug, for giving us so much and modeling for us all how to successfully live a life of purpose!
David Woltering
March 15, 2020

You walked the walk.

I love you buddy.

March 14, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived, Prayers for all who knew Doug (Coach Ashby) God Bless
Josh Brumley
March 13, 2020
Doug Ashby 1974
Dane Cobb
March 13, 2020
I had the great privilege of working with Doug as a court reporter before he retired. He will be greatly missed. But because I know that Doug is truly home, I can rejoice. He wanted to bring people to Christ (always a topic of conversation) and now he's with Christ. To be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord, and this brings me comfort.
Lisa Ollar
March 13, 2020
Words cannot express just how much heaven's gain is our loss on earth. A truly wonderful man and a perfect child of God. Go home Doug, you have run the good race.
Chuck Poulos
March 12, 2020
Fall River fly fishing with John
March 12, 2020
Doug loved Fall River
March 12, 2020
Madison River at dusk
March 12, 2020
Floating the Madison River with John, Kelly & David
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