Longtime Douglas resident Donald Garland Ashe died Jan. 31, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 56.
Born June 29, 1952 in Tucson, Ariz., he spent his first four years of childhood in Cananea, Mexico, and grew up in King of Prussia, Pa. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in business management from Syracuse University. In 1974, he moved to Juneau, where he began working for the U.S. Postal Service. He also worked as a public assistance analyst for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services since 1984.
He married Margaret Ramos in May 1979 at the Shrine of St. Therese, which became the site of annual celebrations with friends and family and will be his final resting place.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, biking, hiking and hunting. His special passion was sports, and he played for many years in the Juneau Softball League and on the Two-Steppers soccer team. From serving as a coach to a soccer board member, he was dedicated to promoting youth soccer in Juneau, recognizing and inspiring the athlete and sportsman in every player he coached, his family said.
"An inspired and involved father and friend, he lived with charm and generosity," his family said. "He will be most remembered for his affectionate and infectious sense of humor. To simply think of him summons up a smile and some silly memory."
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ramos; sons, Stefan and Dylan Ashe; daughter, Solana Ashe; parents, Donald and Charlene Ashe; sisters, Michele Peterson and Cindy Brown; brothers, David Ashe, Douglas Ashe and Daniel Ashe.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Catholic Church with a reception to follow. Donations may be made to a memorial fund in Don's name for the Juneau Soccer Club Spring Fever Tournament at www.juneausoccer.org or P.O. Box 34837 Juneau, AK 99803.