Leslie A. Bond left his friends and family on Sept. 15, 2013, as a result of a sudden aneurysm. He was born in Chickasha, Okla., on Feb. 17, 1945, to Mark and Rethea Bond. He grew up in High Rolls and graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1962.
He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 including a tour in Vietnam. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
He earned his undergraduate degree in hydrology at the University of Arizona, then going on to earn his masters from Arizona State University. He dedicated his life to helping people understand the hazards of flooding. He worked for more than a quarter of a century in floodplain management in the United States, Turkey and Honduras. In Honduras he became extremely fond of the people, with dreams of returning to establish a self-help agency in the poor villages. He has been honored nationally by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and in Arizona and New Mexico as well as the country Honduras.
He is survived by his widow, Estelle Brunson Bond, of High Rolls; step-children Teresa Wilson and husband, Ben, and Dina Jones, all of Arizona; Billie Lamphere and husband, Lacee, and Charlie Rollings, all of Texas; eight grandchildren Danny and Joey Jones, Scott and Rachel Wilson, Daniel Rollings, April Rystad and husband, Allen, Sharee Lowe and husband, Daniel; five great-grandchildren; brother James Bond and wife, Eileen, of Arizona; sister Cathy and husband, Roger Osantowski, of Alamogordo; and a host of friends and in-laws.
A tribute to the life of Les Bond will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the American Legion Post 34, West of Alamogordo. All are invited to share their memories at the time.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 21 to Oct. 20, 2013