Laurence “Larry” T. Ashton died Jan. 3, at his home in Orange, Calif.
He was born Feb. 28, 1942, to John and Mary Ashton in Iowa City. Larry graduated from West Liberty High School where he played football and was active in speech and drama. He attended Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, Neb. and served in the Iowa Army National Guard as a medic. On Feb. 16, 1964, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Linda Ashby in West Liberty.
Larry was president and CEO of Security S&L in Marion. In 1979 Larry and Linda moved their family to Villa Park, Calif., where he worked for Subsidiary Mortgage Co. In 1981 Larry opened his own mortgage company.
He was a member of Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club in Marion and various business groups in Orange County, Calif. Larry enjoyed boating, telling great stories, reading about Lincoln and he had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Linda, son Kip Ashton [Stefanie] of Yorba Linda, Calif., daughter Kim Ashton of Irvine, Calif., sister Sylvia Seymour of Davenport, grandchildren Shayne Walker, Hunter Walker, Sydney Ashton, and Zachary Ashton and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary, father John, sister Gwen, half-brother Ed, and half-sisters Norma and Janet.
Larry donated his body to UCI for medical research and was remembered at a Memorial Service on Jan. 8, at The Villa, 510 E. Katella Ave., in Orange.