William “Will” Ashcraft, 47, of Amarillo passed away peacefully after a brief illness Thursday, December 16, 2021, in Amarillo, Texas.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2022, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Reverend Kevin Deckard officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Amarillo.
Will was born August 21, 1974, in Amarillo, Texas to Robert Ashcraft and Trina Ashcraft (Henderson). Will graduated from Amarillo High School in 1993. He received his Associate’s Degree from Amarillo College and graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from West Texas A&M University.
Will’s kindness and servant’s heart were evident in every facet of his life. As a child, he enjoyed being a member of the Boy Scouts, and he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1993. Will became a member of the Amarillo Astronomy Club in 1991, a special link and lifetime interest he shared with his father Robert and brother John. At the time of his passing, Will was proudly serving in his fourth year as Amarillo Astronomy Club president.
Will began his successful career at Amarillo National Bank (ANB) in 1998 and was employed at ANB until the time of his death. ANB’s family-oriented environment and community outreach opportunities provided an ideal fit for Will’s life, both personally and professionally. While at ANB, he acquired many treasured friends who were a huge part of his life and brought him happiness every day. Will was an Assistant Vice President, a devoted member of the ANB Cooker Team, and was also an ANB representative in the “Over the Edge” event for several years.
In addition to his career at ANB, Will also served as the sound board technician at Polk Street United Methodist Church (PSUMC) for more than 20 years. He met Jennifer Arp, the love of his life, at PSUMC and the two were married there on June 23, 2007. Their life together was filled with love, laughter, comfort, peace, and Eddie (the world’s best dachshund). Will and Jennifer spent many wonderful days in Red River, New Mexico, their favorite vacation destination. Will loved the mountains, hiking, visiting with Red River friends, and relaxing on the cabin porch serenaded by the sound of the crows. Some of his fondest memories were of the vacations he and Jennifer spent in Red River.
Will was a kind and gentle soul who rarely met a stranger. He was a loving and devoted husband. Everyday friendships and conversations were where Will shone bright, and always with a smile on his face. Will was a fierce friend.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents William and June Ashcraft; his uncle Richard Ashcraft; and his maternal grandparents Max Frost and Peggy Frost (Ormson).
Will is survived by Jennifer, his wife of 14 years; father Robert Ashcraft, mother Trina Henderson, brother John Ashcraft, and niece Lennon Gossett, all of Amarillo. Also carrying on Will’s memory are countless loving friends and family members including his mother-in-law Kay Arp and father-in-law Mike Arp of Amarillo.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Will’s name to either the Polk Street United Methodist Church Television Ministry, 1401 South Polk, Amarillo, TX 79101; or to DAWGS N’ Texas, P.O. Box 911, Dalhart, TX 79022; or a charity of your choice.