Charles Ford was born in Hettinger, North Dakota, but has lived in Coeur d’Alene since childhood. He has been active is sports as an athlete, official, coach, and supporter.
As a member of Coeur d’Alene High School class of 1948, Bud Ford lettered in four sports” Basketball, 4 years; Track and Football, 3 years; and Baseball 2 years. After being drafted, he served two years in the Army where he started his decades of sports officiating. Bud officiated football for over 60 years and basketball for over 30 years. Upon returning to Coeur d’Alene, he served as President of the North Idaho Officials Association in 1963-64. In 2010, Bud was selected as the first State of Idaho Official of the year.
Bud was married to June D. Ford. They had three children: Karen, Ed, and Charlie; and five grandchildren. His children and grandchildren all have the same love of sports. They play or have played youth, high school, and college intermural sports. Karen led the way with her playing volleyball for the University of Idaho. He also coached his children’s youth basketball and football.
Bud’s sports enthusiasm was put into action with many area teams. For example, Bud and Red Halpern were the impetus behind the forming of the North Idaho Booster Club in the 1960’s. He served as President of North Idaho College Booster Club in 1963-64. He has also been active in CHS Quarterback Club and Vandal Scholarship Fund by his involvement and financial support. His contributions were instrumental in AUSI-Kibbie Dome Clubroom expansion and building CHS Filed House. He is also committed to support the future Coeur d’Alene event center.
In addition to his sports involvement, business owner, and serving in the US Army Reserve for 28 years—retiring as Lieutenant Colonel, he was active in many civic activities. Bud served as President of the Coeur d’Alene Lion’s Club, Bryan APATA, and was active in Coeur d’Alene Jaycees, Elks, Kiwanis, Eagles, and the Community United Methodist Church. He was elected Councilman in both Coeur d’Alene and Hayden, Idaho. He was selected one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1965.