Marvin J. Ashton

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Marvin J. Ashton
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
December 2, 1971 (1971-12-02) – February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25)
LDS Church Apostle
December 2, 1971 (1971-12-02) – February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25)
ReasonDeath of Richard L. Evans
at end of term
Robert D. Hales ordained
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 3, 1969 (1969-10-03) – December 2, 1971 (1971-12-02)
End reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Personal details
BornMarvin Jeremy Ashton
(1915-05-06)May 6, 1915
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
DiedFebruary 25, 1994(1994-02-25) (aged 78)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting placeLarkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery
40°44′27.96″N 111°49′22.08″W / 40.7411000°N 111.8228000°W / 40.7411000; -111.8228000 (Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery)

Marvin Jeremy Ashton (May 6, 1915 – February 25, 1994) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1971 until his death.

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.

Ashton and his wife, Norma Berntson, were the parents of four children.

Published works[edit]

  • Ashton, Marvin J. (1978). What Is Your Destination?. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 0-87747-719-1.
  • —— (1982). Ye Are My Friends. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 0-87747-934-8.
  • —— (1987). Be of Good Cheer. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 0-87579-106-9.
  • —— (1990). One for the Money. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ISBN 0-87579-417-3.
  • —— (1991). The Measure of Our Hearts. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 0-87579-564-1.
  • —— (1998). Classic Talks. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 0-87579-983-3.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Boyd K. Packer
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
December 2, 1971 – February 25, 1994
Succeeded by
Bruce R. McConkie