David Wallace Ashton

March 3, 1956December 1, 2016
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David Wallace Ashton, Attorney at Law

David Ashton was born March 3, 1956 in Covina, California. He died on December 1, 2016, at the age of 60, after a sustained battle with Cholangiocarcinoma. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Katie Davis Ashton; his father, Gerald Ashton; and his mother-in-law, Allene F. Davis. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sharon; his son, Grant; his daughter, Emily; his mother, Edna; his Brother, Richard (Robin); his Sister, Shirley (Carl); his father-in-law, Darrell "Doc" Davis; and adoring nieces and nephews, Karen, Sara, Rebecca, Hadley, Amy, Matthew, and Kyle.

In the late 50's, the family moved to Santa Paula where Dave grew up amid orange groves, wide open spaces, and small-town life. At Santa Paula High School, Dave excelled in academics and developed a lifelong passion for competition, ultimately lettering in four sports. He then attended Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, where he earned a degree in history and graduated with honors. At Azuza Pacific, Dave earned a Master of Arts in education and a teaching credential. Dave then joined the faculty at Paraclete High School where he taught history and coached football. He went on to coach football at Antelope Valley College, the University of Nevada at Reno, and Pasadena City College. The vagaries, uncertainties, and inherent instability of college-level sport led Dave to an important crossroad. Placing the best interest of his family above his passion for sport, Dave left coaching to earn a Juris Doctorate from La Verne University. Following graduation, he joined the law offices of Epson, Kahl, and Milburn, ultimately becoming a full partner and practicing law for over two decades at Milburn and Ashton.

Throughout his life, Dave Ashton brought a rigorous and vibrant intellectual curiosity to every aspect of his life. Whether the situation was of lesser or greater importance, it was given patient consideration. From the sublime (Pauline, or Hegelian Christianity?) to the mundane (a ficus carica, or quercus agrifolia in the front yard?), he crafted well-reasoned responses to life's queries, always meeting the complex as well as the simplistic with a gracious spirit. If a life-of-the-mind represents one of the two pillars of his life, then humility in all things would be the other. He was a thoughtful councilor who, when asked, willingly listened before sharing his insights. He preferred college ball over professional, and championed the tradition of scholarly athletes--think Stanford. He enjoyed a good joke, fine wine, and great food. His barbeques due to his culinary skills, their proper application, and his attention to detail. His heart was large and his home was open. And through it all, the depth and breadth of his love for and commitment to his wife, Sharon, his son, Grant, and his daughter, Emily never wavered or dimmed. He always put them first. And to those of us left behind, his loss is of a magnitude yet to be fully calculated.

Services will be held at Joshua Memorial Chapel, Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Graveside Service to follow.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the City of Hope.


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016


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Jennifer walsh Walsh

December 30, 2016

Ashton, you saved my life. Thankyou for fighting for me and my dignity,quality of life and my humanity. 12 yrs you stood strong by my side. Endless court dates,interviews ,depositions paperwork false clames. You never left my side. I panicked as i was left motherless due to cancer, them came crying when it was my go around with this horrable disease. You spoke words of encouagement.. We spoke of our daughters,the choice to smile and move forword. I will never forget you winning a case after 12+yrs for me ,or you saving my life giving me faith and hope to be determined in this world of life. But what will forever stay present in my heart are the lesson you taught me weekly,the young woman you helped me to become. The truth about perserverance and humanity for All.. I will miss you Ashton. My regards to your children and wife. And dont worry your daughter will aspire to be everything you hope for and much much muchmore. She has amazing teachers and has learned from the best ,you! Will never forgert your handshake and your smile....Thankyou Ashton you were truly a pleasure!

Helen Nowak

December 20, 2016

Dear Sharon and family,
So sorry for your loss... please know that you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Helen Nowak

Laura Wilson

December 14, 2016

I was so sad to get this news. I've known Dave since elementary school. In 6th grade he played Santa Claus in our Christmas play, I was the Italian Santa, we had such a fun time. In high school he was my date for the Spring Dance, I still have the posed photo from that night. Dave was such a great guy, smart, funny, considerate, always a gentleman. The world is a sadder place without him. My deepest condolences to Sharon, his kids and his siblings.

Laura Knight

Mike Shelton

December 12, 2016

R.I.P Dave.

Michael Gutierrez

December 9, 2016

David was a great man. He was my attorney and he made it better when i was down. He made me stronger as a man. He had a good smile and loved God. I will never forget him he will be missed. I wished he would heal because he is a voice from God. He uses his voice to help people like me. I told him this in 2013. I told him God sent him to me and i told him that I was blessed to have him as my attorney. We both hugged and tears came from both our eyes. In May 2016 David came into office even so he was sick. He wanted to see me at my time of settlement. He told me to start my new life and that he was sorry that he could not do more. Because he knew what i told him was the truth. I told him that his mom,dad did a good job raising him. He said thank you and then i stood up hugged him and told him God will heal you have faith in him. He told me i do and you are the only client in 33 years who ever said those things to him. We both again cried looked into each other eyes with tears. And he told me God bless me. I wished I knew him a as a friend because he was a good person and had a heart of gold for people like me who got hurt on the job. Mr. Ashton i will never forget you and that with your advice with your guidance with God we prevailed. God bless you sir and rest in peace and now you are with our king Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ. Your friend forever Michael Joel Gutierrez.

Lynn Devine

December 7, 2016

Dave was always a gentlemen throughout the decades. He was a man of his word and will be sorely missed in our community.

Joseph Kieffer

December 6, 2016

I always looked forward to going to the Board when I was there on one of Dave's cases. Seeing him across the courtyard, our eyes would meet and we would both just smile--an acknowledgement of friendship and an unspoken "good to see you again." Dave was sunshine and I, too, will miss him. This was a good man.

Jay Cohen

December 6, 2016

Dave was the consummate gentleman in his profession. We had some battles, but always had some laughs along the way. He was one of the most well respected attorneys in his field. I'll always remember the comments from others when they heard the two of us talking: We both should have been in radio!
He will be missed. Just glad I met him.

Robert Rose

December 6, 2016

I had the opportunity to meet Dave when he was representing injured workers and I was defending those claims on behalf of the insurance companies. Dave was always a very staunch advocate for his clients but at the same time he always conducted himself in a very respectable and professional manner. I also got a chance to sample his wonderful sense of humor when we were together and only wish that I had the opportunity to have had additional cases with him during my career. Dave certainly raised the bar for the standard of conduct in our industry and he will be greatly missed.

Lolita Crowhurst

December 5, 2016

I have known David, since the late 1980's when he started as a Law Clerk in our office. One of the best memories I will have of David is when he was going to Law School in his little car, and let me tell you it was dirty inside. He once said the only thing holding that car together is all the junk inside, he said that he had thought of cleaning it, but was afraid it would fall apart.

Not to mention, how I miss when he use to walk down the hallway at the office humming or singing parts of songs that he liked. Or when he would walk into his secretary's office and ask if this was a sewing circle, because we would be talking, as opposed to working. He was truly the best kind of man, a family man and proud of it. You will be missed....