Ashley Hall was born April 3, 1943 in Caliente, Nevada. After high school, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad at the Nevada Test Site as a cashier and as a signalman. He later attended Brigham Young University and the University of Nevada, Reno. After college, Hall served the City of Las Vegas, Nevada as City Manager. He was instrumental in the initial development of Summerlin, Nevada. After retiring from local politics, he remained active as the President of the Old Spanish Trail Association and as the United States Army Reserve Ambassador.