April 26, 1981 – June 19, 2022
Clovis, California – Ashton McKiearnan was born on April 26, 1981 to Stan and Colette (Silva) McKiearnan in Fresno, California. He was tragically taken away from us by a suspected drunk driver on Father’s Day, June 19th at the age of 41.
He was raised in Clovis, attended Temperance-Kutner elementary school and played on Clovis Babe Ruth League for 5 years. He attended Clark Junior High and was involved in cross country, track and the Jazz Band. Graduating with the Class of 1999 at Clovis High, he lettered in cross country and then attended California State University Fresno, graduating in 2005.
Ashton joined the Pi Kappa Alpha, Iota Beta chapter at California State University Fresno in the fall of 2000. He was joined by his three pledge brothers to form the Alpha Delta pledge class. Ashton was instrumental in maintaining the fraternity’s status and growing it into one of the more popular houses on campus. He was a pledge educator, a continuing educator and served on the executive council in several capacities even as president. He was beloved by all of his Pike brothers. After graduation he continued to be involved with Alumni helping the house continue to grow. He was known to all brothers to be one of the most dependable, loyal, kind hearted brothers. He epitomized the fraternity slogan of Scholar, Leader, Athlete, and Gentleman. His kind heart, loving soul, and incredible character is an inspiration to all of the brothers that will continue on his legacy of friendship.
During college his love for music led him to become a DJ at the Fresno State radio station, KFSR, and his on-air name was “AJ” with “Lori the White House Intern”. That was the start of his career in radio and he later applied as an intern with KRZR and then was hired on as a DJ. That was his kind of music. He later went to work for American Ambulance for 13 years with deep admiration for the Fresno County First Responders. He was currently employed with JM Equipment in Fresno and enjoyed going to work there every day.
His passion in life was playing music, riding his Honda CBR motorcycle, volunteering for the Fresno County Sheriff Search & Rescue and loved scuba diving where he obtained his Dive Master certification. His vacations were focused around beautiful diving locations with his wife. Ashton was a die-hard Oakland A’s fan since he was 5 years old and a past season ticket holder. That’s a true A’s fan.
Ashton met Anna in 2014 and were later married on October 15, 2016, making their home in Madera. Deeply in love and inseparable, they would actively seek out adventures together and looked forward to a long and happy life together.
They welcomed their first miracle baby, Aidan, on January 16, 2020. Their second miracle baby, Austin, joined their loving family on January 19, 2022. They were the “A-Team” from the beginning and loved making as many memories as possible with their beautiful boys.
Ashton was a giving, caring and selfless soul. He had a generous heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He was the best husband a girl could ever dream of and the most loving father to Aidan and Austin. He lived for his family and they lived for him. If there was something he wanted to do, he wanted to enjoy doing it with his family.
He will forever be our hero. He was taken too soon and will be deeply missed for the rest of our lives. Until we meet again.
Ashton is preceded in death by his half-brother, Bradley and half-sister Kelly McKiearnan; mother-in-law, Lisa Arikian; maternal grandparents, George and Trinite Silva, and paternal grandparents John and Lydia McKiearnan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Anna, his beautiful boys, Aidan and Austin; his parents, Stan and Colette McKiearnan; his father-in-law, George Arikian, his brother-in-law Alex and wife Yanet Arikian, and their children, Sonya, Alexa, and Forest, and numerous cousins and relatives who also mourn his tragic passing.
There will be a private family and friend’s internment. Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Published by Fresno Bee on Jul. 10, 2022.
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