Ashley Kennon "Ken" Cooper, age 80, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on January 6, 2023, in West Jordan, Utah. Ashley was born May 19, 1942, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Arthur and Rose Maxfield Cooper. He was the youngest of 5 siblings.\n\nAshley moved with his family to Bakersfield, where he attended Bakersfield High School graduating in 1960. His musical talents led him to participate in band, orchestra, and choir. Many will remember him for his strong baritone singing voice. He attended Bakersfield College, where he toured Europe with their choir competing in 1965 for the International Eisteddfod Music Festival. It was one of the highlights of his life. He met and married Beverly McConnell in 1966 and moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University (BYU), where he graduated and started his first job working for the university. It was in Utah where his six children were born. In 1980, Ashley received a job offer in Fresno, California, to work for the university system as a computer analyst. He moved his young family to Fresno, where he worked until he retired. Ashley loved his job and considered his co-workers as friends.\n\nAshley was an active and stalwart member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served a full-time mission for the church in England. Ashley loved to help his fellow members, who he considered family. Some highlights of his service include Sunday School Teacher and Ward Chorister, where many enjoyed hearing his singing voice. He was a dedicated home teacher and loved attending to the widows and lifting those struggling.\n\nAbove all, Ashley was a loving and devoted father and grandfather to his family. His kind and "gentle giant" demeanor provided his children with a safe and nurturing environment. His kids would each say that they won the jackpot with dad. He made sure each of his children felt loved and spent his life serving them, whether with one of his signature meals or by one of his encouraging late-night talks. Ashley loved to spend time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. They always looked forward to a loving hug from Grandpa Cooper. He will be sorely missed.\n\nAshley is preceded in passing by his parents, three siblings: Rose Marie Cooper, William Sherman Cooper, Nancy Lee Kammerman, and son Courtney Cooper. Ashley is survived by his sister Lou Tilzey, five children: Ashley Kennon (Cari) Cooper, Kristen (Terry) Everett, Katherine Cooper, Caroline (Brent) Poe, Craig (Mitzi) Cooper, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The family expresses gratitude to the healthcare workers and Ashley's daughters and granddaughters who cared for him in this last season of his life.\n\nVisitation with the family will be Tuesday, January 17, at Jenkins-Soffe in Murray, 4760 S. State Street, from 9:30 to 10:30 am, followed by a graveside service and dedication at Murray City Cemetery at 11 am. Flowers can be sent to Jenkins-Soffe. "God be with you 'til we meet again."