The great Bill Kyle Ward passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, January 20, 2023, at the age of 87 after a valiant fight against cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife (Betty), son (Rick), brother (Darrel David Ward), sister (Jeaneen Lanell Ward Swartz), and parents. He is survived by four handsome sons, 14 charming grandchildren, and 25 adoring great-grandchildren.
Bill Ward lived his youth in Albuquerque NM, Santo TX, Gallup NM, and Las Vegas NV. In the mid-1950’s he attended Brigham Young University, where he met Betty Ann Allen. He and his sweetheart were wed September 1, 1955, in the Idaho Falls temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were married 57 years before she passed in 2012. Together they had five sons: Richard Kyle (Angie), Raymond Kelly (Diane), Randall Kay (Robin), Roy Kendall, and Russell Kevan Ward.
Bill was a child during the Great Depression and World War II and learned some of the best characteristics of those times: frugality, hard work, loyalty, and common sense, to name a few. He was noble and had noble parentage.
Bill spent most of his career in the title insurance industry. Bill started his own successful title insurance-related business in the late 1970s.
Bill loved working on projects in his workshop, especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren making toys for them to take home. The more distant grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss his many happy video calls. He also loved working on and exhibiting his two classic 1950 Plymouth automobiles, which he entered in car shows as far away as Portland OR.
Bill was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served faithfully for decades in various capacities. He especially loved working with the youth in the Draper Temple.
A viewing will be held Friday evening, February 3, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Albion Ward chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 9636 S 1700 E, Sandy UT. A second viewing will take place Saturday morning, February 4, from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM at the Albion Ward, immediately followed by funeral services at 11 AM at the same location. Interment will follow immediately at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy UT. For those wishing to view the services virtually, please click on the blue "Watch Services" tab above a few minutes prior to the service. A personal Zoom account is needed to participate.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian fund.
A little over 30 years ago, Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty came through our wedding line in Grandma and Grandpa Dareld Allen's backyard. Uncle Bill spoke very briefly, and said how he was very excited for us to get to know each other and grow together. I thought what a beautiful thing to say and I figured he and Betty must have had a marriage like he was describing. I've seen him several times over the past 30+ years. He was a well meaning and kindly gentleman who cared so deeply for his wife and I believe extended her life by his love for her. Loosing Uncle Bill in death is a great loss indeed, but what a great example of love, kindness and compassion he continues to be. With sorrow to the Ward family and their loved ones.
- Blair Collins
Give Betty a big hug from all of us and tell my dad hi🥰
Bill was a wonderful example to my family, and he will be dearly missed.
Bill was one of the happiest and friendliest men I have ever known! He seemed to genuinely care! What a treasure for his family to know that he is lovingly reunited with his beloved family beyond the veil.
There is a GRAND REUNION in Heaven!!! Life well lived, Bill Ward! Much Love to all.
I got to know Bill, Betty, & the family while cleaning their home starting around 2010. Such a sweet experience! I always appreciated Bill's kindness & warmth towards me & my family. The love he had for his family was obvious & I will miss sharing in all of that.
I'm sure going to miss you.
You won't miss us. You will be with your beloved Betty.
I will see you in a little while.
Bill was a wonderful caring man, it was an honor to know him.
Your father was a great guy and a good friend. We will miss him. So sorry for each Ward family member. you all made us feel part of your family.
Bill was someone I loved being around. Living in the same ward with he and Betty was a true and wonderful blessing. He was a wonderful friend for me. We loved his cars Mostly I personally was lifted up so much from his smile.
I was very sorry when I heard about bills passing. I had spoken with im many times and he always said ho much he missed Betty. He no longer misses Betty but it is our turn to miss Bill.
My sincere condolences for you Angie and your extended family. I know he is at peace and I with rest his son. May you all know of his great love ❤️ for all of you.
Bill was loved and respected in our temple group. We will miss his sense of humor as well.
We loved serving with both Rick and Bill
Sending our love and prayers to the Ward family
We will miss Bill. He showed so much love in everything he did. We loved the projects he did with our kids and the genuine love and support he gave us as a family. We look forward to seeing him again.
Love, the Larsons
Sorry for you loss , R.I.P
Bill was such a good friend. We served together in the Draper Temple Baptistry. One of his favorite comments to the youth after they were confirmed was, "Do you remember those names? Well, they will remember you." We will miss his gentleman touch and sense of humor. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Grandpa was the real deal. We miss him already.