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.
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.
RIP Cory. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!