Ralph Wesley Bonds Jr.
Jun 13, 1943 - Aug 31, 2015
Ralph Wesley Bonds, Jr, age 72, passed away on Monday August 31, 2015, with family by his side. The world seems darker without this kind, humorous, loving man in it!
He was a loving husband and best friend of Sharon, a proud father to son David(Laura), stepson Douglas Calvert (Naomi), stepdaughters Jeray Huerta, Becki Norton
(Doug) and the light of his life his grandchildren Daria, David Jr., Damian, Danica Bonds, Anthony Valenzuela, Clarissa Huerta, Javier Huerta, Jr., Emma and Hayden
Calvert. There is a large and loving family of the heart all over the United States and especially in Texas where he grew up along the border of Mexico.
Ralph was a Viet Nam veteran. He was proud of his service and as an Army bandsman he spoke of being, “instrumental” in the service of his country. Unfortunately it appears his
exposure to Agent Orange shortened his life with us.
He was first and foremost a natural teacher. After 32 years teaching middle and high school students in Santa Barbara and Sacramento, he retired and brought his teaching
skills to the students and visitors that came to Sutter’s Fort. There as a docent in the Vaquero room he shared his vast knowledge of early California history. As a speaker of
a number of languages he left a lasting impression with visitors that came to the Fort from all over the world and many stayed in touch after they left.
Music was another talent of his with a beautiful singing voice and the ability to play many instruments.
He was a unique man. He inspired many, gave hope to many and was a true friend. Quick witted and a consummate punster his knowledge and humor was legendary. He will be profoundly missed.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday September 18, 2015, at Trinity Cathedral at 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816.
A reception and celebration of his life will be held immediately following the service at the church’s Great Hall.
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA