Thomas Ballard (55) died suddenly of a cardiac arrest at
the Orem Costco Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
David was the second son of Mona Rae Maw
and Richard Derrall Ballard, and was born on May 17, 1955
in SLC, UT. David grew up in Salt Lake City, graduating
from Highland High in '73. A high school highlight was the
Red Feather Band. He was a gifted, versatile, rock-solid
drummer who was sought after by many musicians.
David served an LDS mission to Kobe, Japan
('74-'76) and graduated with a BA in Japanese from BYU in
'80. At BYU he finally met and married the love of his life,
Patricia Diane Styles, on October 3, 1980 in the Salt Lake
Temple. With the "wife of his youth," they had
five smart, wonderful children. They enjoyed their 30th
anniversary just weeks before his death.
David served in many positions for the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and was currently
serving in the High Priest Group Leadership. David began
his professional career in international business, working
for Interact in Tokyo, Japan (1981); Chiyoda Chemical Engineering
Corp ('81-'83); and Mitsubishi Corp in L.A.('84-'86). After
his father's own untimely death, David decided he no longer
would work with money--but with, and for people. He received
a MA in Social Work at BYU in '88. After earning his LCSW,
he worked for various organizations, including Utah State
Prison where he helped develop the mental health and woman's
substance abuse programs. After ten years at the prison,
he developed a thriving full-time private practice, working
with all ages and aspects of mental health. He received
his 20 year recognition from IHC for serving as an on-call,
crisis social worker. He was a respected clinician and beloved
David was a World War II enthusiast and
voracious reader of all things non-fiction. He had an insatiable
curiosity spanning all genres and eras. He participated
in two archeological digs in Israel; scuba dived in all
the usual places; had a shark encounter in the coral reefs
of Ras Mohammed; flew twice in a WWII B-17, once each in
a B-24, a B-25, and a Skyraider, and helped in the restoration
a B-17 in Kissimmee, Florida. (He will be disappointed that
the exact nose versions of these planes are not identified.)
He experienced many tender mercies from
the Lord. He followed the voice of the spirit, which led
him to many productive experiences, friendships, and adventures.
David loved his children, the doctrine of the LDS church,
and helping people solve their problems. He challenged his
children to work hard, be strong, and be true. David is
survived by his wife, Diane; children, Jessica Rose, Justin
David (Christina), Mackenzie Rae, Walker Thomas, and Mckay
Wesley; his mother, Mona Rae Maw Ballard Cole, and brother,
Marc C. (Julie) Ballard. He was preceded in death by his
father, R. Derrall Ballard and his brother John L. Ballard.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010
at 10:00 am at the American Fork 37th Ward Chapel, 396 North
1100 East, American Fork, Utah. Please celebrate David's
life at a viewing on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
also at the church and an additional viewing at the church
on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 9:45 am prior to services.
Burial will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral Directors
- Warenski Funeral Home of American Fork, Utah.
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