Ward Hicks was born and raised in Roosevelt, Utah. He served a two-year mission for the Church in Norway and completed a B.S. degree in education at Utah State University and a Masters degree in Professional Communication at Westminster College of Salt Lake City in Utah. He taught elementary school for nine years and then became communication specialist at Deseret Generation & Transmission Cooperative in Sandy, Utah. He also served as manager of communications at
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association in Phoenix. Following his role in Phoenix, he became the communication specialist for Phelps Dodge Mining Company in Safford, Arizona. Brother HIcks is currently a faculty member in the Communications Department at BYU-Idaho.