On April 20, 2022, Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Craig Kent Ward, Badge #121, finished his watch. After completing his education in Preston, Idaho, Craig enlisted in the Idaho National Guard. After that, he enrolled in the United States Army and served for a total of nine years. He graduated from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal School at the United States Naval Academy. After years of training and experience in explosive ordinance disposal (EOD), Craig was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and given the responsibility of leading the EOD team.
Between 1995 and 1996, Craig participated in a peacekeeping operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Between 2000 and 2001, he served in a similar capacity in Kosovo. Because of his EOD experience, he was sent to work with the United States Secret Service in Washington, District of Columbia.
The EOD team displayed exceptional
Craig and his EOD team displayed exceptional courage in rendering safe one of the numerous explosive devices they encountered during one of the hundreds of emergency calls. As a result of his and his team’s tremendous courage, Craig was given the Bronze Star for his heroic actions.
His contemporaries and those under his command looked up to Craig as a model employee. His leadership defined Craig’s Army career as an honourable, knowledgeable EOD specialist and his status as a sought-after mentor in his role as a noncommissioned officer.Consider controversial viewpoints and investigate lines of reasoning that could challenge conventional modes of thought.
Craig became a Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) member in 2001, and his first duty was at the Olympic Games in 2002. Craig served as a patrolman with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Section 8 in Wendover, Utah, throughout his twenty-year UHP tenure. Because Craig decided to remain in Wendover, the Wendover Section has seen increased steadiness and consistency.
After obtaining accreditation as an accident reconstructionist for UHP, Craig appeared in court as an expert witness for several accident investigations. In addition, Craig was generous with his experience and shared it with newer members of the troop, who picked up a lot from him on handling mishaps.
Although he was successful as a soldier and trooper, Craig’s greatest accomplishments came in his roles as a spouse and parent. They had a chance encounter on a blind date, eight months and a marriage eight months later in June of 2004. They received a double dose of good fortune when their identical twin daughters Maisie and Paige were born to them in June of 2014.
His wife, Brooke, and their two girls are the only people who will remember Craig. His parents, David and Suzanne Ward of Dayton, Idaho, his brother Rick (and his wife Dawna), his sisters Julie and Lynn (and their husband Jason), and several nieces and nephews all survive him. The deaths of his brothers Jared and John came before his own. At noon on Thursday, April 28, a funeral ceremony will occur at the Deseret Peak Complex in Grantsville, Utah.