Elder Marvin J. Ashton was born 6 June 1915 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah to Marvin Owen Ashton (1883-1946) and Rachel Grace Jeremy (1882-1963) and died 25 February 1994 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Norma Wilson Berntson (1917-2007) 22 August 1940 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Ashton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the son of Marvin O. Ashton, a local LDS leader, who later became a church general authority. The younger Ashton worked in the lumber business as a youth. He graduated from the University of Utah. He served a mission in Great Britain, where his mission president was Hugh B. Brown. He worked as managing director of LDS Social Services.
Ashton served as a member of the Utah State Senate from 1957 to 1961 as a Republican. He was also president of Deseret Book and involved in other business ventures including a lumber company.
From 1958 to 1969, Ashton was an assistant to the general superintendent of the church's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. He served as an assistant to superintendents Joseph T. Bentley and G. Carlos Smith.
Ashton was an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1969 until his call to the Quorum of the Twelve. Ashton was ordained an apostle on December 2, 1971, after the death of Richard L. Evans.
Ashton died on February 25, 1994, with the vacancy created in the Quorum of the Twelve filled by Robert D. Hales.
Ashton was involved with the Boy Scouts of America most of his life and earned Eagle Scout as an adult in 1963. As an adult he was a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the Silver Beaver Award and the Silver Antelope Award.
Marriage and Family
Ashton and his wife, Norma Berntson, were the parents of four children.
- Elder Marvin J Ashton called to Council of the Twelve - March 1972 LDS Ensign.
- Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Marvin J. Ashton
- Marvin J Ashton at Find A Grave #6446634