Larry Warren Ashurst February 20, 1940 - October 8, 2016 After a long battle with congestive heart failure and COPD, Larry Warren Ashurst departed this earth for his eternal rest, surrounded by many family members, on October 8, 2016 at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, California. He was 76. Larry was born in Coronado, CA on February 20, 1940 to Ellis Claude Ashurst and Florence Marie (Johnston) Ashurst and raised in Covina, CA. After graduating from Covina High School in 1957, he attended Penn State for one year and then joined the U.S. Air Force for four years: at Mathers AF Base in Sacramento, CA and Puncy AF Base in British Columbia, Canada, as a flight radar specialist. Settling in Venice, CA as a civilian, he attended Santa Monica City College two years, met Avon LaRae Benson of that city and they married there on August 29, 1964. Larry earned a Masters Degree in mechanical engineering in June 1966 and was hired in that capacity by Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, CA. Their daughter, Sharla Ann, was born in Santa Monica October 5, 1967. Hughes AC transferred him to their Canoga Park facility in the San Fernando Valley where they bought a home in August 1968. Twin daughters, Michelle Lee and Monica Lynn, were born in Santa Monica on December 4, 1968. Larry took a building contractor's course 12 years later, resigned from Hughes, and the family moved to Red Bluff, CA in June 1978. He built custom spec homes, spent many years coaching Little League softball when his daughters took up the sport, and enjoyed the beauty of the north state. He earned a teaching credential in mathematics, taught night courses for Shasta College and taught at Foothill High School in Redding, CA for 18 years, retiring in 2008. He had served on the Board of Trustees at Red Bluff High School from 1990-1994, always concerned for the welfare of students. Countless algebra, trigonometry and calculus students he taught at Foothill lauded him as the best math teacher they ever had, and his grandchildren benefited from his tutoring skills. In retirement, he and Avon enjoyed their grandchildren's sports, plays and recitals, as well as Renaissance Fairs and special events in "Old Sacramento". They enjoyed 4-day weekends at ghost towns for their anniversary celebrations, especially last August's camel races weekend in Virginia City, Nevada. In May of this year they spent three days visiting their "adopted" daughter, Linda Bowman, formerly of Red Bluff, now a resident of Las Vegas. She took them to many historical attractions in that "neon city". Larry's final trip was with his entire family to Patrick's Point National Park, a grand 4-day stay for this Labor Day weekend, in the beauty of the redwoods. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother Ellis Claude Ashurst Jr. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Avon; his daughters Sharla Gibson (Bob), Michelle Ashurst (fianc Darren Reitan), Monica Barriga (Miguel); "adopted" daughter Linda Bowman; grandchildren Macland Ashurst (partner Kiley Sorensen), Mahalee Gaumer, Emiana Gaumer, Kyla Barriga, Kaden Barriga, Serena Barriga; step-grandchildren Nikki Vickery (Shaun), Natalie McNeely (Ronnie), Mariela Barriga (Ousman), Keaton Reitan; step great grandchildren Hailey Vickery, Eldon Vickery, Madison Hernandez and Isabelle Hernandez; and his sister-in-law, Novella Sturman, of Thousand Oaks, CA. Grandpa Larry loved his family and his family dearly loved him. His departure has saddened us all and he will be deeply missed. His spirit and love will live in our hearts and be passed on through generations to come. Services are not yet scheduled.
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