Franklin D. Ashdown


Franklin D. Ashdown – 3 Oct 1887

Bountiful, Utah – Franklin D. Ashdown, age 95, died on May 17, 1983. He was the father of Mrs. Melvin M. Richards of Malad, and the oldest living resident of Bountiful, Utah, who was born there.

His parents were William and Mary Elvira Sessions and his grandfather was Perrigrine Sessions, the founder of Bountiful. He was married to Alfretta Boulton on Oct. 29, 1913 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple to which they traveled by horse and buggy. She preceded him in death in Jan. 1980.

Always active in the LDS Church, he served a mission to Great Britain and in various callings in the Sunday School, Mutual, and Stake Presidencies. He also worked with Elder Harold B. Lee in the founding of the processing committee for the Church Welfare Organization.

He was chairman for the Bountiful Planning and Zoning Committee, served on the City Council, and was instrumental in getting the Weber Basin Water into Bountiful.

Survivors are: Berniece A. Weber, Victoria, Canada; Evelyn A. Richards, Malad; Dr. Donald Ashdown, Lubbock, Tex.; Marjorie A. Olsen, Kent, Wash.; Ray Ashdown, Granite Falls, Wash.; and Jeraldean A. Christensen, Pingree, Idaho.

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