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Richard Clayton Bond

November 12, 1932 ~ November 23, 2018 (age 86)

Richard Clayton Bond, 86, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on November 23, 2018.  He was born November 12, 1932, to Clayton and Anita Bond, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  He was a graduate of North High School and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Business.  He met and married his wife, Joyce, at the UW, and they celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2018. Dick joined the Trane Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he was a member of the team designing heat exchangers for the early space program.  He has been employed by and/or been an officer of three Fortune 500 Food Companies, having been responsible for over a billion dollars of construction during his professional career. After his second retirement, he was the owner of AC & R Specialists, one of the larger ammonia refrigeration contractors in the nation, and responsible for design, installation, operation and maintenance of major projects for many Fortune 500 companies.  During his entire career, he provided opportunities for those under his supervision to learn and develop, and many of them became valuable contacts. He was a licensed contractor and/or Professional Engineer in 21 States, and a member of IIAR, ASME, RETA, and ASHRAE, and was co-author of the first IIAR Code Document in 1973, and a contributor to the IIAR Training Manual of Requirements for Refrigeration Operators in 2003-4.  He was also a certified instructor for RETA. He was highly respected as a consultant, which carried over into retirement; and when he moved to Arizona, he conducted Mechanical Integrity Inspections for plants using ammonia refrigeration. Dick loved baseball.  As a high schooler, he had the opportunity to pitch batting practice for a Cubs farm team in Sheboygan.  His hopes of playing professionally were dampened by an injury throwing shot put, but he played in local and company leagues, and encouraged his sons.  A highlight was participation in a Randy Hundley camp in Arizona, where he played with Cubs greats. Woodworking was a favorite pastime.  He built boats and doll houses, furniture, 8 grandfather clocks, and a number of homes. He was an Eagle Scout, and proudly supported his children in scouting.  He supported his family in all their interests, from sports to music and dance, and theater. He supported the Methodist churches wherever he lived, serving on trustee and finance boards.He loved to entertain, going all out for everything from costume parties to Symphony fundraisers.  He enjoyed golfing, and his company sponsored PGA events and he opened his home to beginning golfers, getting to know many of them on the way up. He enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world, especially Windjammering, and took hundreds of pictures pre cell phones.  The best of course was his membership in the Disney Vacation Club, where he was just the 200th member back in 1992, making at least one trip each year for 26 years. We will miss him.  He has left a legacy of fond memories.The memorial service for Dick will be held at 3 p.m., December 8, 2018, in the Columbarium at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church (11735 N. Scottsdale Rd.). He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce; sons Jim (Ruth), Ron (Debbie), and Rick and daughter Pam (Brian), sister, Shirley (Bill), six grandchildren: Randi, Courtney, James, Kristi, Jillean and Levi, five great-grandchildren: Kita, Alex, Hayden, Max and Wyatt, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8th at 3:00PM in the North Scottsdale United Methodist Columbarium.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to North Scottsdale United Methodist Church or to Hospice of the Valley. 

Donations may be made to:

Hospice of the Valley
1510 E Flower Street Phoenix, Phoenix AZ 85014
Tel: 1-602-530-6992

North Scottsdale United Methodist Church
11735 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254
Tel: 1-480-948-0529

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