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Alan Carl Bonde

Alan Carl Bonde



Alan Carl Bonde, 64, of Boise, died on October 24, 2017, in Boise, the result of an accident that occurred at his home on August 20.


Alan was born May 13, 1953, in Paso Robles, California, the son of Edwin Carl and Mickie Elaine (Erb) Bonde. Alan grew up and attended schools in Paso Robles including Trinity Lutheran School and graduating from Paso Robles High School in 1971. Immediately after graduation, Alan enlisted in the Air Force, hoping to achieve his life-long dream of flying. He often commented that he’d always been disappointed that NASA had not waited for him before sending the first men to the moon. Frustrated again when the Air Force turned him down for flight training (Alan lacked the 20/20 vision required by the USAF), he went his own way and began flying privately in 1972. He did, however, complete his four-year enlistment commitment to the service even though his responsibilities were on the ground, rather than in the air.


During a tour of duty in Korea, Alan met and married Kwi Tong, with whom his daughters Amy Christina and Sarah Elaine were born in 1975 and 1980 respectively. After leaving the Air Force he returned to California and completed his AA at Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo) and police training at Allen Hancock College (Santa Maria). He then went into law enforcement, first with the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department, then with the Grover City Police Department.


Alan realized a life-long dream when he was hired as a pilot for Horizon Air in 1986. He moved to Boise, Idaho, with his daughters. Boise would become his home for the remainder of his life. After settling in Boise, Alan developed a life-long friendship with John J. (“Jack”) and Marlene Dawson. He deepened this bond when he married their daughter, Deborah Lynn, on June 16, 1989. At the time of Alan’s death, they had been married for 28 years. This marriage was one of Alan’s proudest accomplishments. Their first son, Dawson Carl, was born in 1991; John Joseph (“Jack”) was born in 1993.


All his life Alan often experienced a sense of restlessness and wanderlust, so he was not terribly disappointed when he was diagnosed at the age of 49 with a disorder of the corneas that would force him out of the cockpit. Though he continued to love flying, he chose this as an opportunity to explore new fields of his wide and varied interests. He enrolled at Boise State University and studied two of his other loves: history and computer technology. He graduated from BSU on his 53 rd birthday in 2006. Shortly after, he was hired at BSU’s College of Business and Economics as part of the IT team. He remained at BSU for the next ten years and played an instrumental role in designing the technology for the new business building which opened in 2012. In the fall of 2015 Alan once again reinvented himself by working as a Systems Engineer for CompuNet, Inc. of Boise where he remained until his accident in August.


Survivors include his wife, Deborah; his children Amy Paul (Elbert), Sarah Heath (Jay), Dawson, and John; his mother, Mickie; brother Charles and sister Mary Shaffer (Gordon); and his grandchildren Addie, Brennan, and Ella Paul and London and Kingston Heath. He was preceded in death by his father, Ed.


A memorial service will be Saturday, November 4, at 11:00 AM, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 W. Fairview Ave, Boise. Rev. Scott Allen, officiating. Donations may be made to the Alan C. Bonde Memorial Fund or to the charity of your choice.
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