John Ward, Harmons CFO and executive board member, died unexpectedly on Feb. 22, 2017. During his 17 years with the company, Ward helped the grocery chain grow from 10 stores to 17, with another two stores under construction.
“John’s dedication and commitment have played an integral part in the company’s success and growth,” said Harmons President and CEO Dean Peterson. “John was instrumental in building partnerships in Utah’s business community and was the key negotiator for real estate and leasing contracts…John is without a doubt one of the reasons behind much of our success, and we are grateful that he chose to share his talents with Harmons for so many years.”
Ward also volunteered for the Utah Boys and Girls Club and Utah Food Industry Association as well as an active member of the Utah Taxpayer’s Association.
“John’s commitment, passion and integrity earned him a place of great respect and love within the Harmon family,” said Harmons Co-Owner and VP for the Customer Bob Harmon. “We will remember John for his zest for life and the way he lived every day like it was an adventure. John is not someone who will be easily replaced. We are grateful to him for his service and friendship, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”
He is survived by his wife Jan, sons Jordan (Megan), Riley, Nick and Matt.