Gerald Lee Ashley

September 21, 1943October 8, 2020

Gerald (Jerry) Lee Ashley, 77, of Happy Valley, OR, passed away on October 8, 2020.

Born on September 21, 1943, he grew up in Tygh Valley, OR, where he graduated from Maupin (OR) High School. He attended and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA and Master’s Degree in Mathematics. He met his future bride, Donna Louise Sayler at the University of Oregon, and they were married in 1965. They settled in Beaverton, OR, with Jerry working as a middle school teacher before joining the Air National Guard. After completing basic training, he worked for Tektronix for the next 24 years.

Jerry was always fascinated with computers and information, often reading encyclopedia volumes cover to cover in the pre-internet days. While with Tektronix, he and his family lived in Amsterdam, Holland, for two years as he helped open a new office. They travelled extensively throughout Europe, often with relatives visiting from the United States. After returning to the United States, he continued his career with Tektronix.

When he wasn’t working, much of Jerry’s time was busy attending his kid’s activities, skiing, jogging (the New York Marathon was a highlight in 1999), bicycling (Cycle Oregon and Seattle to Portland numerous times) and spending time at the family cabin in Pine Hollow, OR. In 1990, he joined Sequent Computers until he retired in 2000. Retirement didn’t fully take, as he taught math for seven years at Clark Community College, Clackamas Community College and Columbia Gorge Community College. He and Donna also spent 15 years doing volunteer tax preparation. Jerry and Donna traveled the world in retirement, visiting Nepal, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand, the British Isles, Greece, South America, Africa and countless other locations. Jerry was known for his sharp wit, corny jokes, and terrible sense of direction (“short cuts” with him were anything but).

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Fred L. Ashley; mother, Maxine F. Ashley; and brothers Fred W. Ashley and Robert L. Ashley. He is survived by his wife, Donna, his son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Jenna Ashley; his daughter and her partner, Andrea Ashley and Andrew Boone; and his three grandchildren, Owen Ashley, Hayden Ashley and Wyatt Ashley. Donations can be made in Jerry’s memory to the Oregon Humane Society. Jerry will be remembered in a private family celebration of his life.


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Del Ball

October 20, 2020

Jerry was always uplifting and had a great sense of humor when he was my customer at GE and he was at Tektronix in the 1970s. We had a close connection since my ancestors are from Tygh Valley where Jerry was born. To this day we always say what Jerry taught us "Don't ask what Dufur can do for you but what you can do for Dufur". Rest in peace, Jerry, you were a breath of fresh air, always making us laugh. Condolences to the family.

Craig Wassenberg

October 19, 2020

I worked with Jerry for several years at Sequent Computer Systems. He was one of the kindest, most decent, and upbeat people I have ever known. The world needs more like him.


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