Added by: Rich Ware
Rich was the son of Richard Arldon Ware and Linda Christine Pratt Ware. He was the first of four children, Julie Ann, Christopher Michael ‘Chris’ and Kimberly Marie ‘Kim’. He is also the paternal grandson of Jack Austin Ware (FaG Memorial 81289416) and Iona Anderson (FaG Memorial 19318186) both of whom predeceased him in 1985 and 1962 respectively; and the maternal grandson of Richard Billeter Pratt (FaG Memorial 138906775) who died 15 Nov 2014, and Bessie Marie Knight (FaG Memorial 156061418) who passed away 15 Dec 2015.
He was raised in different parts of the country to include Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and Utah.
He graduated from Orem High School in Utah, served a mission in the Canary Islands, and attended BYU where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree.
He married Tevya Zinn on 27 Apr 1995 in La Jolla, San Diego, California. They went on to have 4 children: Austin Lorant, Pratt Avery, Elizabeth “Lizzie” and Tamra.
About the year 2000 he returned to school and worked on a combined Masters and Ph.D. in Animal Science, Beef and Dairy, completing his M.S. degree 17 Aug 2001 and Ph.D. on 27 May 2005 from the Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexicali, Baja California.
He moved with his family to Visalia, California in 2005 where a large percentage of dairy farmers lived.
From May 2005-Jan 2012 he was co-owner of Central Valley Nutritional Associates, LLC, and developed with his partner a business as a local dairy and beef cattle nutritionist, specializing in increasing feed/milk efficiency, transition cow management and nutrition, and milk and feeder training. Strong collaborative relationships with independent and company veterinarians, feed companies and university faculty to help provide practical and profitable solutions. Development and marketing of NRC 2001-based feed formulation software, Formulate2. (His profile, Linkedin)
While still working at his own business, he became Vice President at Varied Industries Corporation (Vi-COR) in charge of product research and development for their beef division, from Dec 2011 to Dec 2013.
Over the years he kept in touch with his siblings and parents who enjoyed talking with him and doing personal things together.
Around mid 2013 Rich was diagnosed with Leukemia and began undergoing chemo treatments at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
In the Fall of 2014 he underwent a stem cell replacement, donated by his brother, Chris, who was a very close match. His parents stayed with him for 5 months at Houston helping him to recover.
He was released from M.D. Anderson at the end of January 2015 and was doing well until about June 2015 when he received a vaccination shot. Rich said his blasts started up again after the shot. He returned to M.D. Anderson about July and underwent further chemo. A fungus invaded his organs during this time and the doctors were unable to control it. Rich was sent home to be with his family during his final days. The Acute Myeloid Leukemia, along with a fungal infection ultimately claimed his life.
His parents and all of his siblings were able to visit and talk with him a few days before he passed away. He passed away at 9:00am and will be greatly missed by family members, personal friends and business associates.
The funeral was held Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the LDS Ward building at 10am, after which there was a short graveside service at the Enoch City Cemetery.
The Ware family, relatives and friends who attended the graveside service held a special prayer after the service.
He is survived by his parents and 3 siblings, his wife and their 4 children.
Bio written by his father, Rich Ware.
Enoch City Cemetery