Don W. Ashworth
1937 ~ 2017
“Eternal Sweethearts”

DON W. ASHWORTH -- Former Clark County Probate Commissioner Don W. Ashworth slipped peacefully away and returned to his Heavenly Father November 20, 2017 in Highland, Utah. At his side, as always, was Mary, his sweetheart of 57 years. Surrounding them were their six surviving children and their families.

The couple was sealed for time and all eternity September 8, 1960 in the St. George Temple. Their marriage was blessed with seven children, five girls and two boys. Despite a life of public service and achievement, Don always felt his family was his greatest accomplishment.

Don was born September 18, 1937 in the town of Pioche, Nevada but grew up in Las Vegas. He attended Las Vegas High School where he excelled in sports and served as student body president. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and received his jurist doctorate from the University of Utah where he served once again as student body president.

Prior to serving as Probate Commissioner, he was a practicing attorney in the area of taxation and estate planning for more than 25 years. He also served as a Nevada State Senator from 1978-1982. The lifelong scouter also served for more than 30 years on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America Boulder Dam Area Council. For his distinguished service, Don received the Silver Beaver Award. In addition, he was a past president of the Las Vegas Rotary Club, and organizer and president of the Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council.

As important as his public service was, Don found his greatest joy in serving his family and his church. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in multiple leadership positions: three bishoprics, a high councilman, a temple worker in the Las Vegas Temple, but his favorite calling was as a missionary in Chicago with Mary at his side.

Don had quick wit and humor. He gained a reputation as a chef with his “famous” French toast. He was dubbed Chief Kodak and took hundreds of thousands of pictures of family and scenery. He traveled widely in South America, Europe, and especially loved the majestic scenes of the United States, but his favorite retreat was Gunlock, Utah. He enjoyed boating and waterskiing at Lake Mead because it gave him the opportunity to spend time with his children and whomever they invited to join them.

He was preceded in death by his father, Don Earl Ashworth; mother, Mildred Roxie Hunt; brother Robert Thomas Ashworth; daughter, Michelle Nielsen (Douglas); and grandsons, Justin Don Nielsen and Chandler Robert Simpson. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Kristen Curtis (Wayne), Heidi Heras (Erik), Tamara Fackrell (Jacob), and Candace Simpson (Robbie); and sons, Jay Ashworth (Deanne), and Daniel Ashworth (Denise). He also is survived by 35 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Lynn Ashworth; and brother, Dean Ashworth.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Highland West LDS Stake Center Chapel located at 11605 North 6000 West, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday afternoon from 12:30-1:30 pm prior to services at the Highland West Stake Center. Additionally there will be funeral services held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Gunlock LDS Ward Chapel located at 733 North, Main Street, Gunlock, Utah. Friends and family may call Saturday morning from 11:00-12:30 pm prior to services at the Gunlock Ward Chapel. Interment will follow in the Gunlock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Don W. Ashworth Scholarship Fund at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at noting “Don Ashworth Scholarship” or scholarship donations through Venmo @Tamara-Fackrell


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