Joseph Mayo Ashley
Mayo left his earth, peacefully, on the evening of March 29, 2018 with those he loved by his side. He left, as he lived each day, on his own terms. Mayo was born April 15, 1936 in Miles City, Mt. The first born of 3 sons to Rosemary and Cecil Ashley.
After graduating from Custer County High School in 1954 he attended Miles Community College and later the University of Montana. He then began a journalism career beginning at the Miles City Star in 1958 and culminated with his being Sports Editor of the Great Falls Tribune from 1967 to 1973. He was named Sportswriter of the Year in 1972 and 1973. A midlife career change found him attending the University of Montana Law School graduating in 1976. Mayo began his law career with the Dept of Labor and Industry and then was appointed Dept Attorney General. In 1978 Mayo began a law career in private practice which he continued with a contagious passion until (literally) the day he died. Mayo loved the law. In addition to his two successful careers Mayo served for 12 years in the Navy Reserve being honorably discharged in 1966 as a radarman first class. He also was an avid golfer, reader and sports fan. He was very proud of being inducted into the Montana State Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mayo is survived by, his bride of 56 years, Joan. He is also survived by his daughter Tracy (Terry) and grandsons Keenan and Tanner and his daughter Terri and granddaughters Shea and Emily and grandson Liam. Preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers Jerry and Tim.
He was a Grizzly through and through so in lieu of flowers please consider donating to the University of Montana foundation in his honor. SupportUM.org/FutureGriz or the charity of your choice.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” Winnie The Pooh