Mothers of Everyday Heroes was created in honor of Nate Ford, the son of the organizations founder, Jennifer Ford. She has worked together with a group of five highly motivated "Chief Captains" to build a team of mothers that has grown to over 100 strong. Their mission is to continue the legacy that Nate started by inspiring a community of young men and women to realize the joy and happiness that comes from serving others and doing it with a smile.


Nate died in a car accident on August 21, 2015 while driving home from early morning seminary. His life was exemplary and his kindhearted and giving spirit touched the lives of thousands of people from all walks of life in the short 16 years he lived on earth. Jennifer wanted to continue mothering her son despite their temporary and mortal separation.  She knew honoring Nate meant continuing what he started while he was here on earth. Mothers of Everyday Heroes was born out of a love for her son and a desire to continue doing what he started. Nate was a patriot, an athlete, a philanthropist, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. His life inspired people of all ages, genders, races, and creeds to realize the joy and happiness that comes from serving others and doing it with a smile.

Nate was a self-declared patriot whose day-to-day actions confirmed his declaration. Nate sang the National Anthem at sporting events, always removed his hat when the flag was presented, and showed respect to service men and women. He never missed an opportunity to shake the hand of a soldier dressed in their military uniform or wearing a hat indicating they were a veteran.

One morning, while on his way to work, he stopped by the Subway in Maricopa to buy himself lunch. Nate inherited the motto "if you are on-time you're late" from his grandfather who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Nate made it a point to be early wherever it was he was headed. The day he stopped at Subway he was running unusually late, by "Nate Standard", and he was already in a bit of a panic about getting to work "on-time". When he walked into the restaurant to find it filled with military men and women in their fatigues he knew he was in trouble.

Out of principle and personal values he knew he had to thank each and every one of the men and women in that restaurant. But he knew he'd be late to work if he did. After a few moments of thinking he had developed a brilliant strategy. He found who he thought was the Commanding Officer, shook his hand, and said "I'd like to thank you and everyone under your command for your service to our Country". Smiling, like Nate always did, he grabbed his sandwich and headed off to work.

Nate was an athlete. He was hitting plastic balls with a giant plastic baseball bat before he could even walk. Nate loved all sports. Most kids watched early morning cartoons when they were children. Not Nate, he watched ESPN. At 6 years old he would debrief his father of all the highlights, trades, and injury reports as he made his way down the stairs and out the door to work. By the time Nate was 9 years old he knew player names, positions, and statistics better than most grown men. He went on to play a variety of sports including soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Whatever it was, he loved being on a team and in a competitive situation.

Nate loved people. He genuinely cared for those around him regardless of their situation or their differences. He looked for opportunities to help. When he noticed one of his teammates was wearing tennis shoes to practice he brought him a pair of extra cleats to use. When one of his friends was struggling to eat three square meals a day he took him to eat after practice. Nate didn't ask questions or judged, he just helped where he could.

The day of Nate's accident an officer brought his personal effects from the truck to his home. His mother opened the bag to find a pair of tennis shoes and a blanket. Nate didn't wear tennis shoes any more. He had been converted to the cowboy life after working on a farm in Gila Bend for a couple of years. He wore boots and cleats. But he still had a couple of good pairs of tennis shoes from his previous life in his closet. Not long before the accident he told his mom he was going to give a pair of his tennis shoes to a friend who needed them. The other pair he left in his truck along with a blanket in case he came across someone that could use them.

You wouldn't have to hang out around Nate too long before you'd figure out that he was a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. His teammates on the baseball team affectionately named him "Brother Nate". Nate held the office of Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. He took his duty to God very seriously. His relationship with and testimony of Jesus Christ made him happy and he wanted to share that happiness with others. Nate was planning to serve a 2-year service mission when he turned 18 years old. Since his death the lives of many have been deeply touched and his testimony of the Savior has resonated with many leaving them wanting to learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Nate has left his mortal probation and is serving his mission from the eternities where he continues to touch the hearts and souls of all that truly knew him. 

The morning of Nate's accident he, and the rest of his Seminary class, were asked by their teacher to write down five words that defined their legacy. Nate was no stranger to core values. He had been discovering and defining his values for years. It didn't take much thought to complete the assignment because Nate knew what he wanted to "be" just as much as he knew what he needed to "do" to be successful in this life. The last five words Nate wrote while in in his mortal probation were:

  • Hard Working
  • Member of the Church [of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints]
  • Patriotic
  • Loyal
  • Trustworthy

Nate fulfilled his mission on earth in 16 short, but inspired, years. He embodied the words he defined as his legacy. Jennifer created Mothers of Everyday Heroes to provide an opportunity for others to be heroes in their community. An opportunity for Mothers just like her to share her son's legacy of hard work, kindness, and a love of all people. A legacy of service to those in need.