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
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
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.