Mindy Watson Ward
Mindy Watson Ward

February 22, 1964 - March 6, 2018
Born in Concordia, Kansas
Resided in Arvada, Colorado
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Mindy Watson Ward passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, of causes incident to cancer. She went to join her beloved Daddy on his birthday. She was surrounded by family in the beautiful home that she made.

Mindy was born February 22, 1964, to John E.A. Watson and Carolyn Rosin (Hunt) in Concordia, Kansas. She was raised in Montana and Alaska. She graduated from Billings West High School and received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University in 1986.

Mindy married Herman Heard on April 23, 1990, in Denver, Colorado. They had two children who she loved immensely. Mindy and Herman later divorced. Mindy married John Newell Ward III on August 23, 2008, in Rome, Italy. John and Mindy made homes in Broomfield and Arvada, Colorado.

Mindy started her career in education, quickly moving through the ranks from teacher to principal, including opening a charter school focused on academic excellence. She then transitioned to the energy industry, using her education expertise to organize executive conferences. She joined Rio Tinto Energy America as marketing and sales manager in 2006 and stayed with the company as it transitioned to become Cloud Peak Energy. Most recently, Mindy served as director of marketing, communications and government affairs for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

Mindy is survived by her husband, John; son, Elias J. Heard; and daughter, Madison R. Heard (all Arvada, Colorado); mother, Carolyn Hunt (Ramsey, Minnesota); sisters Jennifer R. Watson (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Janna M. Smits (Bob) (Chesapeake, Virginia); brother Jerrod D. Watson (Robin) (Loveland, Colorado); former husband, Herman (Broomfield, Colorado); step-daughter with Herman, Danielle Jones (Mike) and her daughter, Olivia (New Town, North Dakota); step-children with John, John N. Ward (Kim) and their sons Jack and Mick (Mexico City, Mexico); Melissa Jean and her daughter Kya and son J.D. (Nashville, Tennessee); Jesse W. Ward (Salt Lake City, Utah); Adam J. Ward (Denver, Colorado); and Olivia J. Chatterton (Ryan) and their daughter Ada (Springville, Utah.)

Mindy was preceded in death by her father, John Watson, whose ashes will be interred with her; and her step-father, Harold Ralph Hunt.

A viewing open house will be conducted Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Horan & McConaty, 7577 W. 80th Ave., Arvada, CO 80003. A funeral service will be conducted at the same location Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow immediately at Green Mountain Cemetery, 290 20th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Family and friends will be welcomed at John and Mindy’s home - aka “Casa de Mindy” - following the services.

Special thanks to Dr. Richard Hesky and the caring staff at Cancer Centers of Colorado and Good Samaritan Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Mindy’s name to TRU Community Care hospice in Boulder, Colorado. https://www.trucare.org/

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Horan & McConaty - Arvada
7577 West 80th Avenue
Arvada, CO US 80003
Sunday, March 11, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funeral Service
Horan & McConaty - Arvada
7577 West 80th Avenue
Arvada, CO US 80003
Monday, March 12, 2018
10:00 AM
Green Mountain Cemetery
290 - 20th Street
Boulder, CO US 80302
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 PM


TRU Community Care Hospice
2594 Trailridge Drive E.
Lafayette, CO USA 80026