Russ and Suzanne Ballard


It all began on October 23, 1970 when B. Russell Ballard and Suzanne Marguerite Webb were married for time and all eternity in the Manti Utah LDS Temple.

Russ was born in Las Vegas and raised in Boulder City, Idaho Falls and Elko, Nevada. He served a mission for the Lord in Ontario, Canada, and served our country as an infantryman in Vietnam. He finished his degree in political science at BYU and came to the University of Nevada Reno to pursue his MBA.

There he met Suzanne who was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Sparks, Nevada. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Senior in High School and a year later met Russ at UNR. Nine months later they were married.


Eventually we added 5 beautiful children to our family:
Kevin is the eldest (red collar),
Tamsen was next (left),
Emily on the right,
Megan in front,
and Ryan (in the striped shirt) was added later to complete our family, (he’s between Kevin and Tamsen in age).

We raised our children mostly in Walla Walla and Vancouver, Washington.

Now the only family left in Washington State is Emily’s family. The rest of us live in various cities in Utah.


Many blessings have come to us over the years because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and our membership in His true Church on the earth: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Suzanne and Russ can be contacted at

In the Picture above:

Dark Blue: Ryan & Sara Petterson with Tyce, Teagan, Talon, Tage
Red: Megan & Nick Call with Ashleigh & Preston & 1 deceased child, Christian
White: Emily & Patrick Mooney with Bridget & Avery
Red Patterns: Kevin & Jana Ballard with Sheridan, Teriesa, Nathan, Cooper (and Amelia born 2 weeks later)
Light Blue: Tamsen & Todd Boley with Braeden, Ethan and Maura
The old people in the middle: Russ and Suzanne Ballard, a week after they returned from their mission.