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Joel Robert Bonds

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Joel Robert Bonds Joel Robert Bonds, 65, passed away suddenly in Clearlake, California, on July 21, 2013. Joel was born in Berkeley, California, on August 17, 1947, to Scott W. and Catherine O. Bonds. He lived and attended schools in Berkeley before his family moved to Palm Springs in 1964 where he graduated from high school in 1965. His interests early in life included swimming, sailing, water skiing, snow skiing, Judo, Boy Scouts, camping and hiking. Joel was an active member of the Palm Springs Jaycees helping on many civic projects. Joel attended College of the Desert, then Calhoon MEBA Engineering School in Baltimore, MD. After serving on merchant ships for two years with trips to Vietnam and South America, Joel returned to College of the Desert, completing an AA degree. He started a career as a building contractor working with his father, Scott and brother-in law, Jim Stevens. As Bonds Properties, they built homes in Palm Springs between 1970 and 1980. He married Marilyn Diann Riordan on June 18, 1972, moving to Olympia, WA, in 1980 and raising three sons, Christopher, Timothy and Noah. Joel continued working as a contractor doing remodeling work. He owned and operated Tacoma Bicycle for five years, and he worked for various building related businesses in the Olympia area. Following their divorce in 1992 he moved to Roseburg, OR, and later to Clearlake. Joel was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Konocti Bay Sailing Club, and he volunteered many hours at the Calvary Church in Clearlake. He is survived by: his three sons, Christopher (Kristi), grandchildren, Katelyn and Camden; Timothy (Sara), grandchildren, Zena and Luke Sol; and Noah (Angela); his sister, Jana Bonds Stevens (James); nephew, Kasey (Erin) Stevens; nieces, Whitney Stevens (Daniel Walter) and Hayley Stevens; and cousins, James Van Ness (Arline), Richard Van Ness, and Judith Van Tassell. He also leaves behind his friend and companion Laure' Zabek. He has gone to be with the Lord and those that preceded him, his brother, Gerald, and loving parents, Catherine and Scott. A Celebration of Life service will be at Calvary Chapel, Clearlake at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 2. Services entrusted to Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel FD 800, Lower Lake, CA. Visit for more information. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from July 30 to Aug. 5, 2013
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