|Forum topic by b2rtch||posted 02-28-2016 12:51 PM||572 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
02-28-2016 12:51 PM
Last night I received a phone call from one of his daughter to tell me that Bruce passed away two days ago.
Bruce D. Ashworth
1947 – 2016
Bruce Don Ashworth passed away February 26, 2016 due to heart disease. Bruce was born March 25, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the son of Don Ferrin Ashworth and Julia Clark Sorenson. He spent his childhood in Richfield, Utah and teenage years in Santa Barbara, California. He was married to the love of his life, Michele. Bruce worked in some aspect of health care all his life. Educated as a Physician’s Assistant and Respiratory Therapist, he owned a medical supply and services company in Orlando, Florida. He then spent many years as a senior health care executive and later operated Ashworth Consulting, LLC specializing in health care services.
Bruce served as a Medic in Vietnam from 1966 – 1968. Because of his family heritage and the sacrifices that he and generations of his family had made for their country, Bruce was extremely patriotic, but very quiet about his own military service. Bruce had no doubts that his Mission was to be a Medic and to be a Priesthood-holder to bless the lives of those LDS servicemen in need.
Bruce had a very tender heart and had great difficulty seeing either people or animals suffer. He never tolerated abusive behavior and had no patience for a bully.
Bruce became interested in Med-Evac flying in Vietnam and was an accomplished pilot with ratings in instrument flying, multi-engine aircraft and held a commercial pilot’s license. Bruce loved the water all his life and was a competitive swimmer, surfed, scuba dived and (barefoot) water skied.
Bruce inherited a love of horses from his grandfather, Wallace Sorenson, and bred and trained working cow horses. His dun stallion Taxman was his pride and joy. He also loved his gelding, Bud, on whom he had over 5,000 mountain miles. Bruce loved nothing more than taking Bud and a pack horse into the mountains alone for a week. Bruce liked hunting for “big antlers and fishing small cricks”.
Without a doubt, Bruce’s two greatest loves in life was being a husband to Michele and a Dad to his children.
He once wrote “The one special thing that made my spirit whole is my long love and friendship with my remarkable wife, my beloved Michele. I loved her more than I have words to express. Every moment spent with my Michele was time spent wisely. Over time, I became one with her, inseparable, happy and fulfilled.”
He believed strongly that “good enough” was “not good enough” and that “where much was given, much was required”. Bruce took great pride in the fact that his children exemplify these principles in their own lives.
Bruce was an active member of the LDS Church and enjoyed his many Ward, Stake and Temple callings. He had a great love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and enjoyed gospel discussions with his wife, family and friends.
Survived by his wife, Michele, and children Dane (Michelle) Ashworth, Syracuse, Ryan (Jen) Ashworth, Salt Lake City, Bree (Sam) Bell, Salt Lake City, LynnDee Ashworth, Heber City, Sherri (Jordan) Thacker, Altamont, Waylon Thompson, Altamont, Westley Thompson, Altamont, sister Jolene (Ray) Simon, brothers David Ashworth and Randy Ashworth. Also survived by eleven much loved grandchildren.
Bruce and I when Michelle and Bruce came to visit after one of Bruce’s many hospital visits ( probably 3 years ago)
Projects posted by Bruce : http://lumberjocks.com/C_PLUS_Woodworker/projects