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Ralph William "Bill"

May 6, 1929 – April 18, 2018

Ralph Ashton Ralph Ashton
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Obituary for Ralph William "Bill" Ashton

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 community.
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 will be held on Tuesday, April 24th, at 11:00 AM at Arvada United Methodist Church located at 6750 Carr Street, Arvada, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, 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 80001.

Service Information

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 11:00am
Reverend Stephanie Kidwell
Arvada United Methodist Church
6750 Carr Street
Arvada, CO 80003