|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1921|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2005|
Obituary from Helena's Independent Record 09/25/2005:
Douglas Ashton passed away at his home on Sept. 19, 2005.
He was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Portland, Ore., to Harold and Sybil Ashton. He attended various schools in northern California and graduated from the University of San Francisco.
He met his wife, Gay, who was a student nurse, in the hospital after sustaining a football injury playing for the University of San Francisco.
At the outbreak of World War II, he volunteered into the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for three years, one of which was in Tsingtao, China. He was called back into the Marine Corps and served one year in Korea as an infantry company commander, where he received the Bronze Star with Combat V.
He went to work for one of Henry Kaiser's companies, Permanente Cement Company in Oakland. After many transfers that led him from Oakland to Fresno, Calif., Seattle and Portland, he was appointed Rocky Mountain sales manager for the new cement plant at Montana City, where he eventually retired in 1984.
Doug was a member of the King Solomon Lodge No. 9; the Algeria Shrine; and served as captain of the Shrine mounted patrol. He had also served as a director of the Helena Chamber of Commerce; the Helena Taxpayers Association; and the Council of 50, University of Montana. Former Governor Babcock appointed him to the air pollution advisory council where he served under three governors. He was also a charter member of the Little Red Schoolhouse.
Doug loved the young kids, and had served as a scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop in Portland until he was called into the Marines. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and just spending time in the outdoors.
Surviving are his wife, Gay; daughter, Kathleen, and three grandchildren, Katie, Kellie and Jamie, and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Isabelle, and two brothers, Harold and Donald.
It was Doug's wish that no services be held. Retz Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation arrangements.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Sep 26, 2005
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