In Memory

Ward Hancock


Ward L. Hancock


Ward Lee Hancock, 40, of Lewisville, Idaho, passed away at home from an ongoing illness Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Ward was born Jan. 19, 1971, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Wallace Garen Hancock and Eileen Jones Hancock.

Growing up in Lewisville, his best friend was his older brother, Benny, who preceded him in death. Ward graduated from Rigby High School in 1989. He married Deidra McAllister in 1990. To this marriage were born two sons, Reese and Rhett. They were later divorced. Ward later married the love of his life and best friend, Sheri'le Sorenson, in May 1996. The marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Aug. 10, 2010. They had a daughter, Shelese, and a son, Braxton. Ward was a loving and caring father to them, and to Beau and Shae'le Blackburn, Sheri'le's children from a previous marriage.

Ward was the most loyal husband and father, whose greatest joy was spending time with his wife and children, especially in the great outdoors. Ward had a unique talent for making each child feel special, such as jamming on the guitar and writing music with Reese, having late-night intellectual conversations with Rhett, tinkering in the garage on cars or anything that moved with Beau, escorting Shae'le at all important events of her life, such as being her escort at the Junior Miss Pageant and dancing at her wedding, running errands and having lunch dates with his 10-year-old daughter, Shelese, and riding four-wheelers with his 6-year-old sidekick, Braxton, who never left his side. His great passion was composing and playing music. Throughout his life, Ward blessed the lives of others with his loving, caring and kind demeanor, always willing to reach out a hand to help those in need.

Ward is survived by his eternal companion, Sheri'le Hancock of Lewisville; his children, Reese and Rhett Hancock of Boise, Idaho, Shelese and Braxton Hancock of Lewisville, Beau (Sierra) Blackburn of Avino, Italy, and Shae'le (Andrew) Arslanian of Nampa, Idaho; mother, Eileen (Nathan) Hawks of Murry, Utah; one half-sister; and two half-brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 17, at the Lewisville 1st Ward LDS chapel, with Bishop Val Rosenberg officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Iona Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

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03/15/11 07:54 PM #1    

Kelly Wiseman

Wardy will be missed. He made snow skiing look easy. Steep and deep!   Wiseman

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