Gary Ward was born April 20, 1938 in Salt Lake City to John and Enid Ward. He grew up in Sugar House and the South Cottonwood areas. He was in the first graduating class of Olympus High School in 1956 after which he spent two years at the University of Utah. It was there that he met Maurine Carr who waiting for him during his two-year mission to the Great Lakes. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 21, 1960, which was three months and one day after he returned home from his mission. They were then happy to welcome two sons and a daughter to their family.
In 1962 Gary graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in marketing and economics and went to work for the Phillips Petroleum Company. He then moved to Hyrum and got a job with Trenton Feed Co-op, which began a lifelong vocation with animal feeds. In 1977 he began working for Carnation/Manna Pro as a traveling salesman, then in 1989 he went to work for IFA as a corporate manager in specialty feeds. Here he continued to travel, calling on all IFA stores and feed dealers in the Intermountain area. He traveled a million and a quarter miles in these jobs.
Because of his success in working for these companies, he and Maurine were able to go on many trips with the feed dealers visiting Quebec, London, Mexico, Puerto Rico and many locations in the United States. He is proud to say he has been to all 50 states. They also were sent on three cruises; one to Alaska and two Caribbean.
Gary always had a great interest in trucks, cars and tractors. Maurine convinced him to build a shop in 1978. We he retired in 2003, he started running his own dump truck full time hauling landscape soil an gravel. He also began to restore trucks and farm tractors and tinkering in his heated shop. He is currently a member of the Cache Valley Tractor Club. He had a military obligation of six years and joined the Utah Air National Guard. He was a staff sergeant in the crash rescue fire station. He enjoyed driving the large crash rescue trucks at the Salt Lake airport.
He has always been an active member of the LDS Church, serving in two bishoprics, twice as finance clerk, once as a ward clerk, twice as young men’s president, Sunday school superintendent and his favorite calling in the Hyum Stake High Council. He is currently serving at the recommend desk in the Logan Temple.
Now that he is retired, he and Maurine love getting in their side-by-side and riding with friends to Randolph for lunch at Gaters.