Carl Bonner

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Carl Edward Bonner



Carl Edward Bonner, aged 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at his riverside home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Born April 6, 1936 in Honey Grove, Texas, Carl was the eldest son of Carl Imo Bonner and Golda Gibson. The family soon moved to McNary, Arizona and then in the late 1940s on to Albuquerque. In 1958, Carl married his sweetheart Vivian Salce and started a family. In 1965, he went on to run Tewa Moulding, a wood products mill which grew to employ over 50 by 1997 when he retired. When he wasn't at the Mill, Carl loved to spend time with his three children, six grandchildren, and later, his three great-grandchildren. Carl was an avid hunter and fisherman, often accompanied by his brother, Charles Wayne Bonner. He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Sue Rains.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Vivian Salce Bonner; three daughters and their spouses and partners: Nancy Gail Bonner Clarke (Marcus Clarke-Goss), Cheryl Denise Bonner (Robert Winkel) and Michelle Lynn Bonner Ziegler (Craig Moyers); six grandchildren, Ericka Bender, Brooke Bender, Adrionna Hernandez, Trent Ziegler, Paige Ziegler and Christopher Carl Clarke; and three great-grandchildren, Cruz and Jett Sandoval and Lilly Greene. Carl possessed a remarkable sense of humor and no one, especially his family, was spared. His legendary pranks will be greatly missed.

Carl was dedicated to his family, generous to his employees and friends, and helped out many in the communities of both Albuquerque and Truth of Consequences. Carl hunted and fished until late in life, and loved nothing more than spotting wildlife driving down lonely roads in New Mexico. Carl was a passionate lover of animals, not only for those blessed to be part of his family, but also many who were abandoned or suffering. This generosity was memorialized when Carl and Vivian formed the Bonner Family Foundation to help care for abused and neglected animals, and have a home as loving as his own. His four dogs, Beau, Danny, Elvis and Chica; Flush the cat; and Samson the parrot all miss his care and affection.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 24th at El Pinto, 10500 4th St. NW, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Protection of New Mexico.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 14, 2018