WATCH: Celebrating the life of 11 News anchor Don Ward
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - It is with heavy hearts we have some tragic news to share at 11 News.
SCHEDULED MEMORIAL SERVICE: Don’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 10 in the morning. Due to COVID-19, members of the general public are not able to attend. You can watch below:
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Many of you knew Don. He was a proud Doherty High School grad and a CU alum. He’s been part of the KKTV family since 2006. Colorado Springs was his home.
We were honored to work with him, and we will be sharing tributes for Don throughout the week. One social media post or one story doesn’t do his positive impact on the world justice.
Help us remember and honor both a great journalist and a great man.
Our hearts are with his family.
It is believed he passed away from a heart attack.
Don was an avid fan of the theater and was a champion of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In honor of Don and his love for the local performing arts community, his family has established the Don Ward Memorial Theatre Fund. Donations will help continue his legacy by sponsoring musical theater artists behind the scenes, on stage, and in the orchestra pit.
Said Producing Artistic Director Scott RC Levy of the legacy Don leaves:
“I received news on the evening of August 24 that our friend, Don Ward, passed away suddenly. Don LOVED the theatre, particularly musicals, and was always willing to promote our shows to the whole community. Never just an audience member, Don and I would have many conversations about his latest theatre trip to New York or London, and he was always so proud of our work, especially if his sister or nieces and nephews were in the production. Don appeared on our stage in 1979 in a production of Oliver, and his spirit will always be part of the theatre company at the Fine Arts Center. Don’s generosity through the years ensured that the whole community would be aware of the work at the FAC Theatre Company. We are eternally grateful.”
To donate to the Don Ward Memorial Theatre Fund, click here. Donations can also be mailed to:
Fine Arts Center/Don Ward Memorial Theatre Fund
30 W. Dale St.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80903
You can read some of his online blogs, “The Written Ward” by clicking here.