ASHDEN ISAAC SCOTT
09/23/1999 - 01/19/2023
Ashden Isaac was born on September 23, 1999 in Bakersfield, Ca. At a very young age, we knew Ashden was an “old soul”. He was always a kind, generous and curious child that seemed to always be years ahead of himself. Life wasn’t always kind to Ashden, yet in spite of this he somehow managed to be a loving and forgiving child. Even when frustrations would get the best of him, he was never too shy to try and be the bigger person for the greater good. Always having been taller and bigger than most his age, and carrying his usual stoic expression, Ashden was usually misjudged by most who did not know him. But for those who did, Ashden was always our Gentle Giant.
Ashden’s intelligence was quite obvious at a very early age. In 3rd grade, Ashden scored highest in his school and 5th in the State for his grade level on the annual California State Education testing . As a result, he started working at a higher grade level in 4th grade and continued to do so for the remainder of his academia. Suffice it to say, he was a real life “Sheldon,” only Ashden was not conceited about it, and he never had a problem giving up his seat.
Ashden attended Liberty High School in Bakersfield where he and several of his close friends were members of Liberty’s 1st graduating Project Lead the Way Engineering class. He took many GATE, Honors and AP courses throughout high school, even taking AP calculus as a junior which is extremely rare. Ashden graduated with a 4.16 GPA as a member of the California Scholarship Federation, Link Crew Mentoring Program and was a Golden State Merit Diploma recipient. Ashden developed many great friendships during his time at Liberty, friendships he cherished deeply that would last the remainder of his life. He was “A very accomplished and fine young man” per his PLTW Counselor Jennifer Ayres.
Ashden was accepted to Cal Poly Pomona at age 17 on an early admission where, because of his passion and fascination with space, he began his studies in Aerospace Engineering. His long term goal was to help develop the technology needed to work towards getting to Mars. Eventually, Ashden would change his major to Computer Engineering. Not because his passion for space had changed, but because his pathway to get there had. He became a member of Sigma Delta Alpha Fraternity his Sophomore year at Cal Poly, which not only created many strong friendships, but also gave Ashden opportunities to perform countless acts of community service. Regretfully, his mission to space now must be discovered in other ways.
Ashden was not shy when it came to his role as a Brother, and loved his siblings strongly and fiercely. He was always available for a late night FaceTime math lesson, sharing jokes in the family group chat, or a much needed venting session because Mom’s, well, being Mom. Ashden enjoyed teasing his siblings as most brothers do, and never shied away from a wrestling challenge, a basketball game, or a dance battle. Ashden was his siblings biggest fan, greatest ally, and closest confidant. Whether it was celebrating a soccer win, acing a test, or mastering a new skill, Ashden was always proud and excited to celebrate his sibling’s accomplishments. Most importantly, he just enjoyed the time spent together regardless of what they did, and was extremely proud of each one of his siblings.
Ashden met Maddi, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life at the age of 15. They spent the last 8 years creating a lifetime of memories, tackling anything life had to throw at them together, side-by-side, determined and in love. Maddi was Ashden’s “Angel” as he would so often put it, and he worked hard to be her rock and foundation. Maddi’s family has always been there providing love and support to these two beautiful kids. As per Ashden, Maddi’s parents Ryan and Lynette were “the best in-laws anyone could ever ask for.” Their extended family were just as important to Ashden, and they welcomed him with open arms. Ashden loved them just as much, referring to Maddi’s Aunts, Uncles or Grandparents with the same love and endearing terms as Maddi used.
It has been a painful short time without you Son, without your touch or hugs. We miss your unique and wonderful smell, the sound of your contagious laugh and your sarcasm. The smirk you would give with annoyance, but always with love. We miss your larger than life personality that was so big and yet so humble. We will forever be amazed by your tender heart and eagerness to always help those in need. You always tried to do the right thing no matter who was looking and you were never afraid to defend anybody who was being mistreated or bullied. You’re willingness to forgive and offer encouragement to those you loved to forgive others as well is a true testament to how much love and compassion you truly held for everyone.
We miss you Son! We miss the smile on your face as you would play and sing your rap music sitting on the patio just letting it rip. We miss the way you would help your siblings and cousins in their frustrations with school, and always being kind and supportive to them that they could do it. We miss laughing with you, crying with you, even fighting with you. The spirited debates or discussions over many subjects that you had with family and friends that could become heated but would end with complete respect for the other’s opinion or position.
We will forever remember everything that was you, Ashden. Your wonderful smile and your gorgeous eyes, your giggle. We will forever miss the sound of your voice telling us you love us the most… Mom and Dad love you very much!
The legacy Ashden leaves with us is that we must love others beyond what we believe to be necessary, because you never know what they are struggling with internally. A legacy that makes us proud to have known and loved him, and will push us to strive to do better in his Honor…
Ashden was preceded in death by his 13-year-old cousin Nic, Maternal Great Grandparents Richard and Jeannette, Maternal Great Grandparents Ronald and Jeanne, Paternal Grandparent “Papa” Ed.
Ashden is survived by his parents Brandee and Marlin: brothers Luke, Robbie, and Mason, Sister Savannah. His Maternal Grandfather “Papa” Rick, Maternal Grandparents Rhonda and Bill, Bonus Grandparents Robert and Gloria, Bonus Grandma Corrine, Uncle Jason and Aunt Sarah: Cousins Hunter, Alexis and Caleb, Aunt Dannette and Uncle Steven: Cousins Kaley, Taylor, Will, Aunt Tiffiny and Uncle Jonathan: Cousins Abigail and Emily, Aunt Samantha and Uncle Lupe: Cousins Lincoln and Alice, as well as many Great Aunts and Uncles and Second Cousins.
Regrettably and most heartbreaking, Ashden is survived by the love and light of his life Maddi and their two beautiful fur babies Mac and Aria, whom Ashden loved and cherished as though they were their real children.
Ashden’s family would like to thank;
Kern River Family Mortuary for all of the love, compassion, dignity, and gentle care given to Ashden.
The Coleman’s and their extended family, there just aren’t enough words!
The countless number of Ashden’s friends who have reached out to share their love, stories and photos of Ashden, it means the world!
All of our close friends and family who continue to check on us.
Everyone within our I.B.M.C. family.
Our Liberty High School Patriots family and friends.
Kern Medical family and friends
Hall Ambulance family and friends
The California Highway Patrol Area 430 Command, Officer and Professional Staff for their unwavering support.
Celebration of Life Service for Ashden is pending, and will be posted and shared once finalized.