Dr. Kent D. Ashcraft, a Westchester resident and optometrist, died after a hiking accident near Lone Pine April 20th. He was 48.

Ashcraft was born May 3rd, 1960 to Harold Don and Joyce Thurman Ashcraft of Ogden, Utah.

He graduated from Ogden High School and served on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mission to Sweden for two years. After he attended Weber State University for three years, Ashcraft received his bachelor’s degree and doctor of optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton.

He practiced as an optometrist at the Family Eye Care Centre in Westchester with his brother Harold for 21 years.

Ashcraft was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and helped many, particularly youths, to live the gospel, his family said. He was serving in the Bishopric of the Westchester First Ward at the time of his death.

Ashcraft married Ilene Chadburn on August 1st, 1984 in the Ogden, Utah Temple. The two were active in a dance club after moving to California, where they raised their family.

Ilene Ashcraft said her husband loved the patients who came into his office.

“He always came home excited to share new ideas and try them out on things he learned from his patients,” she said.

Ashcraft is survived by his wife Ilene; six children, Jessica, Preble, Matthew, Andrew, Tiffany, and twin sons Jonathan and Nathaniel; and grandson Lincoln Preble.

A memorial service for Ashcraft was held in Ogden, Utah April 29th.

The family says that donations to help with the children’s education and/or mission fund can be made to: Dr. Kent Aschraft Memorial fund, c/o Justin C. Tolton, CPA, 8939 Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 440, Los Angeles, CA 90045.