Thomas Laurence Bond

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Thomas Laurence Bond

Thomas Bond was born in Los Angeles, the eldest child of John and Adriana Bond. He was later joined by two brothers, James and Marc Bond. When Tom was 10 years of age, the Bond family moved from Los Angeles to Piedmont, California, in the San Francisco bay area, where he later attended Piedmont High School, graduating in 1967. He attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland for two years, then transferred to UC Berkeley to complete his BS degree in Geography, one of his lifelong interests.
After college, Tom began work for Schulmberger Well Services as an oil field well logger– first in California and later on the North Slope of Alaska - where he worked for the next about 15 years. In the late 1980s Tom moved to the Lake Tahoe region, initially working for Penny Plate, a Carson City company. He lived the rest of his life on the shores of Lake Tahoe with a succession of golden retrievers named Shasta, Roxie, and Rio. While there, Tom also worked for FEMA when called upon to aid homeowners who had lost their homes as a result of natural disasters, such as hurricanes.
Thomas Bond was an experienced outdoorsman, loving to hunt, ski, hike, scuba dive, and enjoying all aspects of mountain living to the full. Several times, from the 1970s to as recently as 2008, he went on long treks in Nepal's Himalaya range with his friends, where his strong hiking abilities and love of high altitudes made such endeavors especially enjoyable. He loved traveling internationally, and made trips to South and Central America, Europe and Asia, as well as extensive travels in North America.
Thomas Bond died in the autumn of 2013 at the age of 64 after a brief and difficult fight with pancreatic cancer. During the time that he suffered, he always maintained a positive outlook. Tom died the way he lived, never feeling sorry for himself and always smiling and laughing while the disease took its toll on him; however, his spirit and energy live on in all of his many friends. He was a larger-than-life presence to all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his brothers James Bond (wife: Michele) of Santa Fe and Marc Bond (wife: Rita) of London, and nieces Julia (husband: Sam) and Lauren, of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, respectively.