Gary Alyn Ward was born in North Conway, NH. February 1st, 1937. His parents were Adrian and Viola (Smearer) Ward. Gary graduated from South Portland High School, in South Portland, Maine. He joined the Air Force after High School and was stationed in Japan. After leaving the service he trained at Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in Oakland, CA. He became a flight instructor for aircraft and helicopter. He was offered and accepted a job with the FAA where he worked at LAX in Los Angels, CA. He enjoyed Amateur radio, his call was KD7UZ, and enjoyed computers and painting. He developed and maintained a website for the 10-10 Amateur club, Portland Chapter. After the FAA, he worked for Cascade Microtech of Beaverton, OR. He enjoyed listening to music and played piano.
He leaves three sisters, Helen Ackley, Gilda Thing, and Shirley MacLaughlin and one brother, Adrian Ward, also many nieces and nephews.