Joe Ward has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s That Famous Preston Nigh Rodeo parade.
Ward was born in Preston, Idaho, on Aug. 4, 1934, on the farm now owned by Kevin Hollingsworth. Later he moved to Clifton, Idaho. After serving a mission in Western Canada, he went to work for Palmer Motor and Implement Co. for 17 years.
He was an owner and operated Cache Valley Livestock for eight years.
While living in Clifton, Ward was a 4-H leader, put on many youth rodeos and was asked by the county fair board to move his youth rodeo to Preston and have it as a show for the 4-H clubs in the county. It became very successful during the years he managed it.
He has roped in That Famous Night Rodeo and has devoted time and talent to improve the rodeo facilties.
Ward built and managed the Golden State Cattle Co. in California and then was asked to come to Ogden and build and manage Ogden Livestock Auction. Within six months of opening it was selling the second most cattle in Utah. He later sold out and continued selling dairy heifers on his own. Harry Habib Cattle Co. of California contacted him to ship dairy heifers to California. He did this for 17 years.
When Joe wasn’t busy shipping heifers he picked up the hobby of building and restoring horse-drawn equipment and old tractors. Joe built a horse-drawn hearse and has hauled 65 people to the graveyard. Three of them have been National Hall of Fame people: D.A. (Swanee) Kirby – Rodeo Hall of Fame; Blaine Schvaneveldt – Race Horse Trainer Hall of Fame; Ben Tanaka – Auctioneer Hall of Fame.
Joe, with his team of horses and buggies has hauled six previous Grand Marshalls in the parade
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