Donald Greg Ballard
1953 - 2016
Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary
200 West Beardsley Road
Phoenix, AZ
Ballard, Donald Greg
Donald Greg Ballard, beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle, passed away on January 17, 2016. Greg was born in Tokyo, Japan February 8, 1953. Growing up in a military family, he found himself settling in Phoenix Arizona with his two sisters Mary Ballard and Donna Dundas (Bob). Greg attended Moon Valley High School and received a Bachelors in Chemistry at ASU. He met the love of his life, Maureen, as her scuba instructor in 1977. In true Greg fashion he proposed underwater, leading to two wonderful daughters, Marie and Anne. Greg spent 26 years as a Forensic Scientist with the Phoenix Police Department Crime Lab. After retirement he taught forensic science at Scottsdale Community College. Greg's passions included scuba diving, ham radios, playing the bagpipes, motorcycles, traveling, teaching, studies of science and space, and laughing. Greg was fun, passionate, eternally curious, sincere, honest, and had an infectious zest for life. He was genuinely fun to be around and made Maureen and his girls laugh every day. Greg is also survived by his nieces Angela, Maura, and Sara and nephews, Matthew, Tim, Evan and Aaron. Services will be held at the Irish Cultural Center, located at 1106 North Central Avenue, Sunday the 24th, 2016 at noon. Donations to the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute will continue Greg's legacy of scientific contribution. Donations can be made at

Published by The Arizona Republic from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2016.
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My name is Charla Hornung Spence. In the 70's, I ran Scuba Sciences and came to know Greg there as a hardworking, fun and nice man. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. You are in my prayers that you memories will help you endure until you meet again. God Bless.
Charla Hornung Spence
March 10, 2016
What can I say about my buddy Greg. Friends for so many years. Had to debate if he was good enough for Maureen to marry. Our kids grew up camping together. So many trips together. Getting seperated back in the day before cellphones, when the C.B. whould only reach so far, and meeting up by chance walking down the street 400 miles away. Trying to find our lost kids at the lake. Putting out the tire fire on my trailer with shaken up Diet Coke cause thats all we had left. Teaching him and Maureen about dirty baby diapers on the beach in the front seat of the Camaro we were diving out of. The great trips to Ireland, Mexico, Hawaii and around
AZ & California. So many great times and afew that were not, but always great memorys. And what a beautiful Family dealing with so much pain. Know that with the passing of time the pain will lesson and the memorys will grow. At this sad sad time I give you my Love and support. Rest In Peace my friend and blow those pipes for the Lord till we all join you.
Dana Cassity
February 19, 2016
73 de N6UWW & WB6BFG
Ellen & Wild Bill
Oceanside, CA
February 3, 2016
Greg has been in my life for 40 years, I attended his wedding and still remember the beautiful song he picked for Maureen. We are all still in shock and sad beyond belief. There will never be another like you Greg. I love you!
Dale Kadon
January 27, 2016
Greg, WB7OEC was a regular on the Baja Net, calling in from Phoenix, mobile many times.
He contributed to resurrecting the website and always had a cheery hello. I'll miss him.
Jan KM6G
January 26, 2016
So sorry to hear of Greg's passing. I knew him when I lived in Phoenix married to Alan Raphael. My condolences to the family and my thoughts are with you at this time. He was a good man
Janet Duda
January 25, 2016
I was so saddened to hear the news about Greg. I was one of the "interviewers" when he was hired as a professor at Scottsdale Community College and I knew right away that he would be a wonderful teacher. He was so much fun to be around. I retired and moved away but he always stayed in touch and had such a great sense of humor. My prayers are with his family.
Charles Baker
January 25, 2016
You were truly one of a kind; always nice, considerate and positive, and I'm grateful for the time that I got to spend working with you at SCC. Thank you for all the fun memories!
Maureen Smith
January 24, 2016
I loved working with Greg in the Crime Lab. He often broke out with a song or a joke to keep us laughing. Quite the guy. Will miss him.
Jane Fricke
January 24, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. My dad and Greg had some good times together. He was a comfort to me when my dad passed away. I hope that all the love that is being sent to you will be a small comfort.
Jennie (Raphael) Bae
January 24, 2016
r friends and family of Donald Greg Ballard I am sorry for your loss May the promise found in Hosea13:14bring you comfort knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death. L.K.
January 24, 2016
Greg, you were a bundle of laughs,great company and a friend to all.. We will always have fond memories of our trips to Arizona especially of the Camper van excursions in '87! You and your family visits to Ireland were always something to look forward to.

Ar Dheis Dè go raiibh a a am.

Connie,Mary Margaret,Aonghus and Eithne Corry. Ireland
January 24, 2016
What we remember about Greg is that he was always smiling and his great sence of humor, a very sad loss for all of us. Our deepest.sympathy to all of his family.
Don and Gayle Wilcoxson
January 24, 2016
Greg you will be missed.
January 23, 2016
Our hearts are broken at your early passing, but we know that you were welcomed by your loving parents Don and Bess. We have many wonderful memories of you and all of your family that Mom and I will treasure and reflect on often.
Janni Mac and Patty McCann
January 23, 2016
Greg, Mr.Jokester, you always made everyone laugh and make each day special, Aunt Carol and Uncle Bill always looked forward to your visits in Vallejo, California. It was a pleasure to grow up with you in Monterey, and Phoenix. You were one special cousin!
Linda Christian
January 23, 2016
Greg, we all loved you and looked forward so much to your visits. You made us laugh. We have great memories. Rest in peace Greg.
Helen, J.J. Enda, Edel , Conor. O Brien.
January 23, 2016
So sad to hear of this loss. He was an incredible man with the kindest heart. I will always remember him helping me through the loss of my father and his selfless nature. Sending all my love to the family.
Sarah Davis
January 23, 2016
Knowing Greg from Ft. Benning, GA to Germany to Ft. Hood, TX as a child and then when my sister and I got to see him in 2012 as a grown man, you could see what an amazing person he was. There aren't enough words to console the family but may God give you peace..
Patricia Michal-McClain
January 23, 2016
Greg was one of those people that will always be in my heart,Greg,Bob kelsey and I grew up togther in grade school as well as high school, we were the 3 muscakteers so to speak. He is at rest now, and I await the day when I shall see him again.
January 23, 2016
Jimmye O'Connor
January 23, 2016
Greg, we will miss your infectious laughter, fire side chats, our political discussions. I/ we will miss our uncle, and bother in law! You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
The Lawrences
January 23, 2016
Our condolences to the entire family. We were so blessed to have Greg in our lives and share so many wonderful memories with Don and Gregs visits to WA DC to Seatlle and Thanksgivings spent together. Greg loved to laugh and made everyone around him happy. Kim really loved having another brother in his life even though it was short it was rich in friendship. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Hugs. Kim, Shannon and Kacey Leigh
Shannon RRonbeck
January 23, 2016
I will miss your laughter and joy every day...Thank you so much for the tremendous light you brought into this world...
Alexis Hale
January 23, 2016
So very sorry for your loss, our prayers are for you and your family.
Rhonda Cheetham
January 23, 2016
I had the pleasure of knowing Greg my entire life, and never once saw him without a smile on his face, ready to help anyone, at anytime, with whatever they needed. He will be greatly missed. Taken from us way before his time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.
Sean Cassity
January 23, 2016
I baby sat Greg in the late 1950's and knew he would be someone special. He proved my insight to be right. He will be missed.
January 23, 2016
Maureen, it was so sad to see Greg's obituary in the newspaper, today. I know you both from Scuba Sciences. I was Bud Short's significant other for many years before he passed in 2003. Greg was a super fellow. Bud and I both thought very highly of both of you. Lots of fun, as mentioned. I remember many Scuba Sciences Christmas parties, and club meetings. Greg was always a cut up. I was totally impressed when I found out he was a forensic scientist. I know you all will miss him. My sincere sympathies are with you and your family. Celebrate his life!
Sandie Hunter
January 22, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
D. Andrews Isaiah 25:8
January 22, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Mr Ballard on several occasions he was such a friendly man and his humor and warmth were undeniable. I know he will be greatly missed. May God be with you during this difficult time.
Darlene Holescko
January 22, 2016
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Ballard. Read Mathew 6:10, Mathew 5:5
Mr. Mejia
January 22, 2016
Greg was larger than life! Our friendship began in grade school and continued into the 60th decade of our lives. During this time, we shared in each others major life experiences, both good and bad. I will miss my friend...but look forward to our journeys meeting again.
Bob Kelsey
January 22, 2016
I had the privilege (Greg would laugh at this) of working with Greg, Randy, Dick Watkins and so many more people at the Phoenix PD Crime Lab for 3 years. I never saw Greg not smiling or cracking a joke. It is hard for me to realize he is gone. He drove to Prescott to attend the memorial of my husband in June, 2009.I told him how much I appreciated it and he said, "how could I not? You were like our sister." I will always miss you Greg. RIP Sue Gaff
January 22, 2016
I am going to miss your infectious laugh.
Angela Lawrence
January 22, 2016
I knew Greg in PPD crime lab and just received word of his passing. He was a funny, very considerate man and will be missed. My thoughts are with his family.
Gwyn Foro
January 22, 2016
I can't believe that Greg is gone from us! He was truly one in a million! I learned so much from you Greg, both in life itself and the world of scuba diving. It won't be the same without you!
Tina Lowe
January 22, 2016
I met Greg at Scuba Sciences many years ago. I have great memories of diving as well as instructing with Greg. I recently reconnected with Greg on LinkedIn. My thoughts and prayers are with Greg's family at this time. Rest In Peace Greg Ballard

Bryan Rymer OWIC 2001
Bryan Rymer
January 22, 2016
Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and education. Rest well.
A.D. Walz
January 22, 2016
I had the privilege of working with Greg on numerous trials as i was a DUI enforcement officer for Phx PD. He was a true professional and expert in his field. RIP Greg.
Bob Ortiz
January 22, 2016
I always thought Greg was a real life superhero of a man. It's impossible that someone could accomplish so much and still be such an amazing family man. What a great example of how to live! I'm grateful for his time here as my dear friend's dad. He raised one beautiful family ♡
Andrea Nolan
January 22, 2016
Ballard was the man you wanted working the evidence. Always was a great guy. RIP Don
Doug Rapp PPD Ret.
January 22, 2016
I was so honored to have you be a part of my life. Your gift of laughter, fun and passion and love of your family and friends, is something we all should aspire to be like. Thank you for being my dive instructor, the laughs and many wonderful memories.
Carol Williamson
January 22, 2016
You left us with beautiful memories.
Susan Dabbs
January 22, 2016
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