Heard was born in Pomona, Mo., on June 25, 1917, and arrived in Garland in March 1918 on an emigration train at the age of nine months. He was the oldest child of Carl Claby and Mary Jewell (Heard) Fales. His brother Paul was born in Garland in 1918.
In 1919, his parents homesteaded in Deaver, where he attended elementary school and where his brother Frank was born in 1921. The family moved back to Garland in 1929, where his sister, Mary Joan was born in 1934.
After graduating from Powell High School in 1935, Heard farmed with his brother Paul on the Willwood and then on the Emblem Bench.
Heard and Alice Annette Johannesen were married in Lovell on Nov. 20, 1943. They lived on the Emblem Bench, where they were joined by one daughter, Linda, and two sons, Steven and David. In 1959, Heard and his family moved to a farm on Heart Mountain near Ralston.
He spent his adult life as a farmer, raising beans, sugar beets, alfalfa, grain, and corn, as well as cattle. He called farming his vocation, recreation and hobby.
Alice died in 1972, and he then married Ruth Partridge Asay, who died in 1987. Heard and Vivian Brimhall Underwood were married in 1988 and lived on the Heart Mountain farm until they moved to Powell in 2000. Heard enjoyed his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and especially enjoyed serving in the temple. He traveled throughout the United States and Canada, but was most happy at home in Powell. Heard was able to live at home until the day he died because of the dedicated support of his wife, Vivian. He was optimistic and was in good humor with an alert mind until the moment of his death.
Heard is survived by his wife, Vivian; his sister, Joan Talbott; sister-in-law Lola Fales (Frank); brother-in-law Carl Johannesen; and his three children, Linda Mary Parkin (Steven) of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Steven Carl (Mardi) of Las Vegas, Nev., and David Andrew (Kristine) of Cody; daughter-in-law Terry Ann Andersen of Cedar City, Utah; and six stepchildren, David (Francine), Jesse, Bill (Cheryl), Janice (James), Helen (Bobby), and John (Laura). He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 19 step-grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, 10 nieces and two nephews.
Heard was proud of his family.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Powell 2nd Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 525 West 7th Street. Pallbearers are his seven grandsons: Steven, Jonathan, Gary, Andrew, James, Benjamin and Matthew Fales.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.