September 9, 1940 – October 20, 2021
The world lost a legend when Dennis Bond, also known as “Triple Nickel” or “Bondo”, died on October 20, 2021. He passed away peacefully at his beach house, surrounded by his family.
Dennis was born September 9, 1940 in Bellingham, Washington to Raymond Corliss and Vada Rowena (Shearing) Bond. He was the youngest of 4 children. He was predeceased by his siblings, William “Bub” Bond, James Bond and Myrna Bond Mendenhall, as were his parents.
Dennis attended Bellingham High School and Western Washington University to study math and engineering. Early in his career he worked for the Forest Service and Bechtel Corporation as a surveyor. He also worked as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. He found his calling in 1965 when he joined the Washington State Patrol, serving as Trooper 555 and Safety Instructor. He has lectured on safety throughout Southwest Washington to schools, industry, and interest groups. He enjoyed talking with kids in their classrooms about a myriad of safety issues and quickly became a fixture on many campuses. He was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1990.
His love for the community was strong. He brought safety information to many public events, including the “Convincer”, a seat belt demonstration at the county fair. He was a member of Toastmasters, the Lions Club and the Elks club. He helped establish youth football at Kelso, and he coached that program for many years. He was active in building and flying remote control aircraft. He was an accomplished carpenter, handcrafting many toy chests, jewelry boxes, rocking horses and furniture that are treasured family heirlooms.
He married his angel, Carol Jean Bierly, on February 16, 1963 in Madras, OR. He is survived by his wife, Carol, his two daughters, Michelle (Bond) and Dennis Cottrell and Denise (Bond) and Darren Ullman, as well as his six grandchildren, Jakob and Amber Sanborn Ullmann, Kenny Meyer, Zachary and Kailee Meyer, Kaitlyn and Ethan Horton, Amy and Jordan Roth, and Lukas and Hallea Ullmann. He has two great-granddaughters, Emerson and Marlowe, and a great-grandson and great-granddaughter on the way. Dennis loved his family fiercely and especially loved the role of Papa Dennis. “He told tales of crocodiles under the bridge, squirrel meat in the stir-fry, and dodging poison darts in the Amazon. He gave big bear hugs and the biggest smiles.
Dennis gave of himself and his time freely. He shared his love of woodworking, salmon fishing and flying remote control airplanes with the next generation, spending hours in the garage teaching his craft. Everywhere he went you could hear shouts of “Trooper Bond!” “Coach Bond!” He smiled that broad smile and waved his hand. And above all, take the time to listen. He was a father figure to many.
He and Carol built their dream home on Willapa Bay in Ocean Park, WA when Dennis retired in 1991 and moved there permanently when she later retired. They enjoyed traveling in their RV, bird watching, clam digging, tailgating and welcoming friends and family to “The Beach”.
In his life, Dennis taught us all about courage and loyalty. He was a shining example of how to live with integrity. He showed us what it means to sacrifice for the greater good and put others before yourself. Our community is a better place today because of the many ways he cared and gave of himself.
As he would say to ship every night when he got home, “555 Kelso, out of order.”
A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2022. Arrangements made through Penttila Chapel by the Sea.
Published by The Daily News on November 25, 2021.