Sgt Cory Blake Wride

Our hearts are broken at the news of the tragic death of our fallen hero, Sergeant Cory Blake Wride, on January 30, 2014. We will forever choose to remember a life quietly lived in service to family, friends, church, and community.


Cory was born in the grandeur of San Juan County, September 28, 1969, in Monticello, Utah, the oldest child of D. Blake and Kathy Nielsen Wride.


At age two, his family moved to American Fork where he would spend his growing-up years.  As a child he had a quiet, kind nature, a quick wit, and a special love for animals. Cory never wanted the spotlight and always put the welfare of others above himself.


The summers of Cory’s sophomore and junior year in high school were spent working on the Bagley Dairy/Beef Cattle Ranch in the beautiful Teton Valley in Victor, Idaho. He truly enjoyed learning about livestock, farming equipment, and the day-to-day operations of the ranch. It was here that Cory really learned and developed his strong work ethic that would serve him throughout the rest of his life. Cory was actively involved in FFA during high school and became an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from American Fork High School in 1987.


 Cory enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in 1988 and completed his Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Intelligence Analyst School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he was the Honor Graduate. He served honorably in the Utah National Guard for 12 years, achieving the rank of sergeant.


Cory served an LDS mission in the New York, New York City Mission, faithfully serving the people of Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens, and on the Island of Bermuda.  After returning home, Cory entered the police academy where he graduated at the top of his class. His first law enforcement job was with the Department of Corrections working as a guard at the Utah State Prison. Cory accepted a position with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department in 1994 and served with professionalism, integrity, and compassion for 19 years until his untimely and tragic death. During his time with the Department, he achieved the rank of sergeant and served in numerous capacities including Patrol, K-9 Team, SWAT, and Internal Affairs.


He married the love of his life, Nannette Williams, on December 23, 1995. They were later sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. For the past 18 years, they continued their love affair and raised four boys and one daughter on the Wride family farm in Benjamin. 


Cory enjoyed all sports and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing at Fish Lake, camping, horseback riding, hunting, and, most of all, chasing pheasants in South Dakota with family and friends and his German Shorthair, Clyde. Cory and his father had recently purchased five purebred Angus cows and a certified Red Balancer bull and revived the Running B brand that Cory’s great grandfather and grandfather carried on for decades.


Cory will be remembered for his quiet strength, love of family, gift of teaching, and his testimony of Jesus Christ. His siblings will never forget the drink runs, playing on Grandpa Wride’s farm, pioneer parades, rodeos, fishing and deer hunting trips, and the teasing—always done out of love. Cory’s quick wit, warm smile, and quiet offers of help will be sorely missed.


Cory leaves behind his beautiful wife Nannette; sons Nathan (Jessica), Chance (Winter), Shea (Amie), and Tyesun; the apple of his eye, daughter KylieAnne; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his parents, D. Blake and Kathy Wride; brother Ryan (Jeanna) Wride; three sisters, Marci (Nathan) Taylor, Nicole (Johnny) Revill, and Anne (Colby) Curtis; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Edna Wride, and Ray and Joyce Nielsen.


A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm at the Spanish Fork West Stake Center, 650 West 400 North, Spanish Fork, Utah. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 11:00 am in the UCCU Event Center at Utah Valley University.


The family would like to express their gratitude for the many caring acts of kindness and service that have been extended to them. We are comforted by the knowledge that the Plan of Salvation is real and that despite the misuse of agency, the Atonement of Jesus Christ will right every wrong.  

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  1. Joan Jensen

    Kathy, Blake, and family,

    I am so saddened by your loss. Sherl Miner, who used to teach at Barrett, told me Cory is your son. Kathy, I remember talking about your family with you when I was a student teacher in your classroom so many years ago. You were always so positive and spoke so lovingly about your family. I pray for his family, you and Blake, and your families. I hope your memories of Cory help you get through this difficult time.


    Joan Jensen

  2. Deborah Madsen Lawrie

    My heart breaks for the Wride family. I remember growing up in the 19th ward with them. My sincerest condolences to all of you. May you find the peace that comes only with time and the sharing of good memories.

  3. Mary Parker

    To Cory Wride’s Family,
    May the Lord be with you. I don’t know you however , I was deeply sadden to here of another fallen officer and the suffering it has caused you. You are in my prayers. Bless you , your are a very strong woman. Bless all of the men and women that serve our cities and our Nation! Thank you for your service Cory Wride

  4. Kenna Whittaker

    I have being married to my best friend and sweetheart for 38 years. My heart is aching for you Nanette. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweetheart. Relationships like yours are far & few between. For all of the sweet things that Cody did for you,his kindness & love will give you the strength, along with your children and grandchildren to keep his memory alive in your heart until you hold each other again.

    My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

  5. Sharon Frazier Rajagopal

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Cory’s death. I have only fond and wonderful memories of him as we grew up in the same neighborhood and class at church, and graduated from high school together. I remember him as a kind, hardworking boy who was a friend to everyone. I will forever cherish the closeness of our neighborhood and ward back then, and the fun we kids had hanging out together and playing ‘night games’. My prayers are fervent for the peace of all of Cory’s family, and I echo the feelings of my mother Faye, and sisters Kelly, Shirley, and Nikki. May God be with you until you meet again…..

  6. Dennis and Kristine Holley

    We express our deep sympathy at the passing of Cory Wride. We have been acquainted with Blake and Kathy for many years. We have mutual roots from Spanish Fork and have been friends in American Fork. We didn’t personally know Cory but we have great faith in the Plan of Salvation and know your family will be together forever. We know he is in paradise and is in a wonderful place.

    Our prayers and thoughts have and will be with you. Love, Dennis and Kristine Holley and family

  7. Jacqueline Pyne

    Dear Wride Family,
    Words cannot express the sorrow I feel. I have known Cory since second grade at Forbes Elementary. Even though we lost touch after our high school years, I always knew that Cory was a true friend. I have many fond memories of him and the way he would always treat others. He was one of the kindest boys at school, and would include everyone, and seek out the one left behind. He has left a true legecy of kindness, and the pure love of Christ. I will always have a special place in my heart for him. I pray you will feel the tender mercies of our loving Heavenly Father. May he bless all of you in your time of need. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jacqueline(Smith)Pyne, American Fork High

  8. Arven D Hansen

    To the Wride & Family:

    Even though I did not know any of you including your wife Nannette & family. I was so deeply touched today I am glad that they broadcast this funeral. Families are forever. Hope that you all know others will help you along the way of healing. Thanks Cory for your service that was very moving. Nannette, even though I did not know you I Love You anyway and that you will get through this it will take time.

    Love you

  9. Shawna Wagaman

    Dear Wride Family,
    I was very sad to hear of the passing of your son Cory. I knew him as a six year old at Forbes Elementary, but have really enjoyed learning of the wonderful man he grew to be. I just wanted to let you know that my family has mourned his loss as the son of a friend, an outstanding citizen, and a brave officer of the law. I appreciate his service given to our community in such a selfless way. My prayers are with you all.
    Shawna Wagaman, First Grade Teacher – Forbes Elementary

  10. Nancy Ricks

    On Jan 30, 2014 the world lost a true hero. I didn’t know him, but he will be greatly missed as a protector of our society. May God be with the Family, Friends and Brothers and Sisters in Blue. Thank you for televising the service, I learned a great deal about this compassionate man, and saddened by his loss.

  11. Cathy Ash

    My Husband and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy. From what we have heard and seen your husband, father, son, grandson, brother, and Uncle was a wonderful man!!! May you feel comfort in the knowledge that you will be with him again through our Saviors atonement. Our prayers for love and comfort are with you.

  12. Kent & Trudy Karren

    Blake & Kathy

    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Law enforcement as well as soldiers don’t receive our appreciation for what they go through each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  13. Naomi Hendricks

    Nan, it’s been several years since I had the pleasure of meeting Cory (and his K-9 friend) at your home. It was during the time you were training me as one of your recruits for Mary Kay Cosmetics. We had a very deeply spiritual discussion afterward. And we shared our testimonies of the Love of our Savior and the blessing that the Gospel has given, and continues to give to us, to support us in our medical and other trials. I continue to pray for you and your family (as I have continued to do over the years) and pray that you will all feel the Lord’s love and support for you from this time forward. I will always remember that Cory walked with confidence, and had a special way that was quiet, firm, but with directness. That was my first impression of him, and it was the one that came to mind when I heard that he had died. He will always walk with the Lord in that same way.
    It is a good memory.
    God Bless You and Keep You in His Loving Care.
    Naomi Hendricks
    Provo, UT

  14. Tom Wroe

    Dear Wride Family, I worked with and highly respected Cory . I know your faith can and will sustain you during this horribly painful time. Cory’s life was that of service. He will always live in the smiles of the children and especially the grand children. His greatest legacy is his family. He was a great family man and a deputy’s deputy. I remember his dedication to going home for lunch. his priorities were spot on. Love and prayers to you all! Tom Wroe UCSO, Sgt. Ret.

  15. Jesse & Natalie Jensen

    So sorry for your tragic loss. You’ve been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. I’m so impressed with your family and your strength. We miss being your neighbors and our hearts are with you.

  16. Rod Jorgensen

    Cory is a great man. I am glad that I got to know Cory when he was young.It was fun to see him play sports. My son’s looked up to him.We will all miss him.

  17. Boyd & Denise Cook

    Our prayers to your family in your loss. We appreciated the obituary you have written to honor Cory. We got a glance into his life.
    Russell M Nelson said that “… the only way to take the sorrow out of death is to take the love out of life.” So, where there is much love, it is natural to feel pain associated with Cory’s loss.
    Also, D&C 42:45 45 “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die…” tells us it is natural for tears at this time.

    Boyd & Denise Cook
    Richfield, Utah

  18. Laura Lopez

    The policeman stood and faced his God,
    Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining.
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    “Step forward now, policeman.
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My church have you been true?”

    The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
    “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
    Because those of us who carry badges
    can’t always be a saint.

    I’ve had to work most Sundays,
    and at times my talk was rough,
    and sometimes I’ve been violent,
    Because the streets are awfully tough.

    But I never took a penny,
    That wasn’t mine to keep….
    Though I worked a lot of overtime
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God forgive me,
    I’ve wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don’t deserve a place
    Among the people here.
    They never wanted me around
    Except to calm their fear.

    If you’ve a place for me here,
    Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.

    There was silence all around the throne
    Where the saints had often trod.
    As the policeman waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    “Step forward now, policeman,
    You’ve borne your burdens well.
    Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
    You’ve done your time in ***.” RIP SGT WRIDE

  19. Rebecca Mallory

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Cory in person, but I have heard his voice on the radio many times. I wish I had been able to put his face with his name under different circumstances. To the Wride family, I hope you are able to find comfort knowing that Cory died in the service of others. It takes a special kind of person to work in a career where you find yourself in danger, just because of the badge that you wear. I am honored to have worked with such a wonderful, well-loved man. God bless those left behind. I hope you are able to find comfort and strength to continue Cory’s legacy.

    Rebecca Mallory
    Utah Valley Dispatch/
    Pleasant Grove Police

  20. Ed and Sharon Swenson

    Blake and Kathy,
    We didn’t know your son but from what we have heard and read he was a special young man! He comes by it rightly with such great parents!
    We send our condolences to you and your family!

  21. Finch & RaChel Bingham

    Dear Blake & Kathy – So sorry to hear about your son – That’s probably the worst phone call parents can receive – The fact that his life ended while he was trying to help someone really says a lot about what kind of person he was – You must be proud of him – You can be sure that his Grandpa & Grandma as well as Pat & Laura Bingham were there to greet him – At times like these, we are especially grateful for the Savior and His Atonement – May you be blessed and comforted at this time – We love you – Finch & RaChel Bingham

  22. Leslie Bagley

    Even though it was many years ago, I remember Cory working on my parents farm in Victor Idaho. When I heard the name of the officer killed last week. I just kept thinking it can’t be the same Cory Wride I knew as a kid. Once I saw his picture I knew it was the Cory I knew as a “Bagley Boy” I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. I was just a young girl when he worked for my parents, but he left a lasting impression on my young mind. He was a very kind and a hard working boy. I only knew him as a teenager working on the farm, he was a good kid then and it sounds like he has only got better as time has gone on. May the Lord watch over and bless all of you during this hard and challenging time. Leslie

  23. Nicole Cook

    “And maybe remind the few, if ill of us they speak, that we are all that stands between the monsters and the weak.”
    RIP Sir, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

  24. Roger Griffis

    Rest in peace brother, you have paved the way for many to follow. We will continue on, taking care of the citizens of this state which you so proudly served.
    Trooper Roger Griffis

  25. Lynn and LeRae Bagley

    We cherish the memories of the summers we had with Cory as one of the “Bagley Boys”. What a great example he was to us, our family, and the other boys that he worked with. The friendships that were made during those years are priceless and eternal. He was a hard worker and willing to help wherever we needed him and always had a great attitude and big smile. At this tragic time our hearts, thoughts, prayers and love go out to his family for comfort, peace and understanding.

  26. Alan Lisonbee

    I have known Cory for the majority of my career. He was a good man who exemplified the code of ethics all law enforcement is expected to live by. He was quite, but always had a smile for everyone. Cory always stood up for what was right. He would say something if a conversation began to take an unprofessional turn. He will always be an example to us all. He will be missed by all of us who knew him and worked with him at the Sheriff’s Office. My heart goes out to you as his family, and I wish you all the best as you go through the grieving process. May our Heavenly Father bless you all. Alan

  27. Micheal Brock

    I was in the same National Guard unit with Cory and Blake for several years and although Cory and I were in different sections, and therefore didn’t work closely together, I could see that he was a quality individual. I was saddened to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Mike and Shauna Theobald

    We are heart broken to hear of the tragic event that took Cory’s life last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with every member of the Wride family during this tender time. So many wonderful memories of Fish Lake, Newport Beach, and many other times. We know that your faith and knowledge of the Plan of Salvation will be a great comfort to each of you in the days, months and years to come. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. We love you all.

  29. Dan Curtis

    Cory and I worked together at the Sheriff’s Office and he was on my firearms staff. He got into law enforcement to be a public servant which is the right reason. He was great at his job and his assignments because he cared for all God’s Children. My heart and prayers go to Nan and the family. He will be missed by the entire community and law enforcement lost a great example of what we are supposed as an protector of the public.

  30. The Vance Family

    During this challenging time in your lives may the Tender Mercies of the Lord continue to fill your heart’s with His love.

  31. Ken and Julyn Embley

    Blake and Kathy:
    This Commercial Security Bank employee and wife are heart-broken with the devastating news. We are certain that your beliefs and all those who know and love the family will help you and Kathy with the pain of loss. Our thoughts are with you…
    Ken and Julyn Embley

  32. Jeff Lau

    I worked with Cory during the summers at the Bagley ranch in Idaho. I remember Cory as a hard working kid, a kind and caring person, who helped me out as the youngest “hand” there, and with whom I had many good times. Both my brother Chris and I had much respect and andmiration for Cory. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Cory’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jeff Lau

  33. David Harris

    My sincere condolences to the Wride family. I remember your family from growing up in American Fork.

  34. Carolyn Hodgson Hunt

    so very sorry for your loss, Cory was a great guy, and I know this has affected my brother dearly. RIP you will be missed by all who knew you. I remember when I seen you after acouple of years and how different you looked and I couldn’t believe you were the same person and how funny you thought I was because of it. I told you that Nan had actually turned you into a very handsome man and you’d better keep her. Miss your smile already

  35. Chris Lau

    I worked with Cory in Idaho as a “Bagley Boy” for the K&L Bagley Ranch. Cory had a great smile and laugh, and was a pleasure to work with. He became a good friend up there and even though life takes us all in different directions as we “grow up”, our paths crossed a few times there after and that friendship always remained. Our world has lost a great man in such a senseless tragedy! I am blessed to have known him in this life and know that we will be able to see him again. I am grateful for the knowledge and comfort of the Atonement of Christ that makes this possible. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Cory, you will be missed.

  36. Richard & Shjrley Greenhalgh

    My wife and I want to send your family our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Cory. I was a SLC police officer for 25 years and have seen the loss of fellow police officer in the line of duty. I know the pain that comes from this untimely loss your family is in our thoughts and our prayers and pray for your hearts to be comforted at this difficult time in your lives
    Richard and Shirley Greenhalgh

  37. Richard & Shjrley Greenhalgh

    My wife and I wanted to send your family our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Cory. I was a Salt Lake City Police officer for 25 years and saw several fellow officers lose their lives in the line of duty. It is never easy to lose someone you love. Your family has been in our hearts and prayers. We pray that God will comfort and bless your family

  38. Julie Bird

    Nannette, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you and your family. Love, Julie

  39. ruedi and Wendy Tillmann

    It broke our hearts to hear of Cory. Blake and Kathy, please know our thoughts are with your family. May the Lord bless his darling wife and kids. We think of you often. Our deepest sympathy and love for you all at this most difficult time. The world lost a great man, father, son and brother. Sincerely and with much love, Ruedi and Wendy Tillmann

  40. Greer Haymond

    My deepest condolences to the Wride Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cory left an incredible example of service for the rest of us Law Enforcement Officers to live up to. May God Bless your family continually.

    Officer Haymond, Orem Police.

  41. Nanette and family,
    I have so many wonderful memories of Cory.
    Though we were not friends that hung out on weekends we were truly Friends! I never doubted that and I pray he knows the depth of my concern, friendship and love for him and all of you.
    I am so grateful for his sincere kind words offered in my favor. I’ve always felt he appreciated me and my time. Yet He never went without expressing his gratitude.
    I thank God for the opportunity to know Cory.
    I will miss our visits.
    I had the privilege of seeing him and talking with him just a few short hours before this heartbreaking tragedy. He was happy and smiling his great smile.
    He loves you so much Nan! He loves his Children and Grandchildren. His parents and siblings.
    Cory was a gentle spiritual giant. He has left a hole in many lives. He is not far from you ever.
    With love and prayers,
    Linda Bowles

  42. Steve and Cathy Burrows

    Dear Wride Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Cory’s passing.
    Are hearts are full as we think of your wonderful family and recall the years when all of our children spent time together.
    Please know that our thoughts and love are with you now.

    Steve and Cathy Burrows and Family

  43. Thelen Pheasant Run Lodge

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences for the loss of a true sportsman and friend from the Thelen family of South Dakota.