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Michael Jay Ashley

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Michael Jay Ashley Obituary
MICHAEL JAY ASHLEY of Nuevo, a member of a prominent Perris Valley pioneer family, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Michael was active and successful in real estate investment and services for decades in the Perris-Menifee area; land investments with brother Marion, Uncle Charles Motte and Cousin Melissa Condosta, and partnered with Eric Kroencke in Ashley-Kroencke Real Estate. Born January 3, 1940, a native of Nuevo, to John E. "Lucy" Ashley and Virginia A. Ashley who were active in farming and cattle ranching in the Perris Valley for many years. Mike and Marion grew up around farming, horses and cattle. They worked in the fields and potato packing houses for their father during their youth. Their father "Lucy" Ashley was a champion professional cowboy and a member of PRCA. The boys spent many weekends going with their father and mother to rodeos in California, Arizona and Nevada. A natural athlete, Mike followed his father in rodeo competition for a few years. Mike was a graduate of Perris Union High School where he earned a rare varsity letter in baseball his freshman year, batting over .300. In 1959-61 Mike served his country in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. After his military service he was active in the construction field. He was a master mason and a brick-layer, a construction superintendent for Tatum Construction Corporation of Victorville and worked for a large contractor in Kansas when work was scarce in California. In 1970 he started his career in real estate working for pioneer broker Mary Flake of Menifee at General Real Estate in Perris. Shortly after that he joined Marion and Charles Motte in real estate investment activities. Mike loved to compete in Tennis and golf. He and his brother Marion partnered to win a number of local and regional tournaments in both sports. He was a zealous Dodger fan. He loved to gather up his family in his RV and go to the Colorado River for fishing and water sports. He was preceded in death by his parents and his second wife Terry Ashley of Nuevo. Ashley is survived by his step-mother Edde Ashley of Menifee; brother Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley and sister-in-law Mary of Menifee; first wife Julie Spoon of Kernville; daughter Chelle and son-in-law Kenny Sutherland of Nuevo; son Robert and daughter-in-law Karen Ashley of Orange County; grandson Jacob Ashley of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Korea; granddaughter Julie Sutherland of Nuevo; grandson Kerry Sutherland and granddaughter Ashley Sutherland of Tucson, Arizona and one great-granddaughter Shelby Foster of Tucson, Arizona; step-daughters Aleathea and husband Tim Rayburn of Nuevo and Jennifer and husband Kevin Rehmann of Orange County; cousins Charles, Robert and Melissa Condosta and Sandra Walker; also has seven other grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 4-7pm at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City, 26770 Murrieta Rd., Sun City, California 92586. A funeral service will be on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10am at Miller-Jones Mortuary Sun City, with internment at Menifee Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2015
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