Our hearts are broken at the news of the tragic death of our fallen hero, Sergeant Cory Blake Wride, on January 30, 2014. We will forever choose to remember a life quietly lived in service to family, friends, church, and community.
Cory was born in the grandeur of San Juan County, September 28, 1969, in Monticello, Utah, the oldest child of D. Blake and Kathy Nielsen Wride.
At age two, his family moved to American Fork where he would spend his growing-up years. As a child he had a quiet, kind nature, a quick wit, and a special love for animals. Cory never wanted the spotlight and always put the welfare of others above himself.
The summers of Cory’s sophomore and junior year in high school were spent working on the Bagley Dairy/Beef Cattle Ranch in the beautiful Teton Valley in Victor, Idaho. He truly enjoyed learning about livestock, farming equipment, and the day-to-day operations of the ranch. It was here that Cory really learned and developed his strong work ethic that would serve him throughout the rest of his life. Cory was actively involved in FFA during high school and became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from American Fork High School in 1987.
Cory enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in 1988 and completed his Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Intelligence Analyst School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he was the Honor Graduate. He served honorably in the Utah National Guard for 12 years, achieving the rank of sergeant.
Cory served an LDS mission in the New York, New York City Mission, faithfully serving the people of Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens, and on the Island of Bermuda. After returning home, Cory entered the police academy where he graduated at the top of his class. His first law enforcement job was with the Department of Corrections working as a guard at the Utah State Prison. Cory accepted a position with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department in 1994 and served with professionalism, integrity, and compassion for 19 years until his untimely and tragic death. During his time with the Department, he achieved the rank of sergeant and served in numerous capacities including Patrol, K-9 Team, SWAT, and Internal Affairs.
He married the love of his life, Nannette Williams, on December 23, 1995. They were later sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. For the past 18 years, they continued their love affair and raised four boys and one daughter on the Wride family farm in Benjamin.
Cory enjoyed all sports and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing at Fish Lake, camping, horseback riding, hunting, and, most of all, chasing pheasants in South Dakota with family and friends and his German Shorthair, Clyde. Cory and his father had recently purchased five purebred Angus cows and a certified Red Balancer bull and revived the Running B brand that Cory’s great grandfather and grandfather carried on for decades.
Cory will be remembered for his quiet strength, love of family, gift of teaching, and his testimony of Jesus Christ. His siblings will never forget the drink runs, playing on Grandpa Wride’s farm, pioneer parades, rodeos, fishing and deer hunting trips, and the teasing—always done out of love. Cory’s quick wit, warm smile, and quiet offers of help will be sorely missed.
Cory leaves behind his beautiful wife Nannette; sons Nathan (Jessica), Chance (Winter), Shea (Amie), and Tyesun; the apple of his eye, daughter KylieAnne; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his parents, D. Blake and Kathy Wride; brother Ryan (Jeanna) Wride; three sisters, Marci (Nathan) Taylor, Nicole (Johnny) Revill, and Anne (Colby) Curtis; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Edna Wride, and Ray and Joyce Nielsen.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm at the Spanish Fork West Stake Center, 650 West 400 North, Spanish Fork, Utah. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 11:00 am in the UCCU Event Center at Utah Valley University.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the many caring acts of kindness and service that have been extended to them. We are comforted by the knowledge that the Plan of Salvation is real and that despite the misuse of agency, the Atonement of Jesus Christ will right every wrong