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Obituary for Chief Jeffrey Ward

December 31, 1952 - May 7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 65

Dedicated to serving his community.

Obituary

Chief Jeffrey Ward, SAISD Police (Ret.), age 65, of San Antonio, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 after a lengthy illness.

Jeffrey was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and spent his childhood growing up in the town of Suffern, New York. Jeffrey discovered his passion for serving the community at an early age, and chose a career in law enforcement after a brief stint in the US Marine Corps. After moving to San Antonio, Jeffrey joined the law enforcement ranks as a Bexar County Constable, then spent several years serving as an officer in Balcones Heights.

He began his career in the SAISDPD as an officer and over his nearly 30 years with the department he served as a K-9 handler, was promoted several times and ultimately served as chief. He also served as a hostage negotiator with SAPD for 21 years, was a Deputy US Marshall and served on the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. During his career he achieved many accomplishments, but one of his proudest moments was earning the gold medal in the Texas Police Olympics with his beloved K-9 partner Max. Jeffrey also believed in the importance of education and was a proud graduate of the Sam Houston State University Law Enforcement Management Institute: Leadership and Command College.

After he retired from SAISDPD in 2015, he learned about the mission of the nonprofit organization "Saving a Hero's Place," which honors the lives of fallen law enforcement officers by presenting honor chairs to their departments. He began volunteering for them by constructing chairs and was responsible for creating more than 20 chairs during his time with them.

Aside from his work in law enforcement, Jeffrey was also an avid hockey fan and could often be found on the sidelines of his grandsons' basketball games.

Jeffrey's greatest source of pride was his beloved family. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Robin Ward; daughter Jennifer Grimes and her husband, Daniel; son, John Ward and his wife Claudia; grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah, Jackson, Ezio, Elias and Ezra. He is also survived by his father, Maj. Gen. William F. Ward, US Army (Ret.) and his wife Marie Louise; his siblings, Gary, Michelle, Greg and Suzanne; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and fellow members of the Law Enforcement Community.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, Elaine Wilson Ward; sister, Mary Ward and grandson, William Patrick Ward.

Memorial Service
Monday May 21, 2018
2:00 PM
With reception to follow in the church hall
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
7893 N. Grissom Road

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the nonprofit organization "Saving a Hero's Place".

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the nonprofit organization "Saving a Hero's Place".
  • Saving A Hero's Place
    P.O. Box 1009
    Castroville, TX 78009

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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