Donald Ward Obituary
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Donald Patrick "Pat" Ward

January 24, 1929 - March 27, 2014
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Donald Patrick Ward, "Pat" was born in North Dakota on January 24, 1929 to Harold and Esther Ward. He was raised in Palermo and graduated from high school in 1947. While in high school, he played basketball, and was on the Independent Men's Baseball team as the Pitcher or First Baseman. He so loved riding horseback that when in grade school, he frequently walked eight miles round-trip to a farm to ride horses. After high school graduation, he attended Minot State Teachers College. Upon finishing the college requirements, he received his Diploma and was hired to teach in a one room rural school. There were a total of 9 pupils in many...
Donald Patrick Ward, "Pat" was born in North Dakota on January 24, 1929 to Harold and Esther Ward. He was raised in Palermo and graduated from high school in 1947. While in high school, he played basketball, and was on the Independent Men's Baseball team as the Pitcher or First Baseman. He so loved riding horseback that when in grade school, he frequently walked eight miles round-trip to a farm to ride horses. After high school graduation, he attended Minot State Teachers College. Upon finishing the college requirements, he received his Diploma and was hired to teach in a one room rural school. There were a total of 9 pupils in many different grades in his first year of teaching. He pitched in the Border Baseball League in North Dakota for the Noonan Miners. He pitched 3 shutouts and several no hitters during his baseball seasons there. Pat trained to become a telegraph operator for the Great Northern Railroad and worked in Larson, ND for several years. He served in the United States Army in the Signal Corp from 1951 to 1953, spending 18 months in Korea. He received an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Sergeant and returned to Palermo and once again worked at the Great Northern Railroad for five more years. Pat and Diane Brenno were married on July 12, 1953 and began their lives of 60 years together. They attended Minot State Teachers College and received their Bachelors of Science in Education degrees. Pat taught in Montana and California but eventually left teaching to work for the Aerojet General Missile Corporation as a Technical Writer and Field Service Engineer. While working for Aerojet, Pat's family lived in Wichita Falls, Texas and Rapid City, South Dakota. In 1964, he returned to teaching in California. In 1967, following the death of Diane's brother, Craig Brenno, in Vietnam, Pat, Diane and their son Scott returned to Minot, North Dakota. Pat and Diane both taught school in the Minot Public School system. In 1969, Pat and Diane received their Master of Education Degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. They continued their careers teaching in the Minot Public School system. In 1991, Pat received an Award in Appreciation from the American Legion Post 26, for his years of Service in the Education Field. Pat was a very proud father of their two sons, Scott and Charles who brought great joy and happiness to their family. Pat was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Minot. He belonged to the American Legion, the Elks and the Eagles. At his death, he was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. Pat had many interests. Prior to retirement they included cooking and baking, hunting, trap shooting, motorcycles, horseshoes, golf, bowling and square dancing top name a few. After retiring from teaching, Pat and Diane moved to Mesa, AZ. His retirement years were filled with his passions – cards, especially Bridge and Pinochle, western novels like Louie L'Armor, golf but his favorite was pitching Horseshoes! He received recognition and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Apache Trail Horseshoe League in 2010 for his many years of involvement, dedication, and time to promote horseshoes in the Apache Trail League. Pat also served 10 years as the team captain of Sunland East Horseshoe Team. Pat's family included his wife, Diane, two sons, Charles Ward, and Scott Ward, daughter-in-law Rebecca of Peoria, IL, and two granddaughters, Rachel and Nicole. Brother DuWayne and wife Beverly of Minot, ND, his sister Wilma "Billie" and husband LeRoy Anderson of Kenosha, WI and many nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by his son Charles, his parents, Harold and Esther Ward, his brother Ty. He is with them now through eternity. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Rd, Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials Souris Valley Animal Shelter, 1935 20th Ave SE, Minot, ND 58701 or 1510 E, Flowers St., Phoenix, AZ 85014

"Mr. Ward was my fourth grade teacher at Riverview Elementary School in Rancho Cordova, CA. He was my most favorite and memorable teacher, very kind, and..." Leslie Nye (Eagle, ID)

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