Marvin (Toby) Earl Bond arrived safely in the arms of Jesus, his lord and Saviour, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
He was born on March 30, 1934 in Pampa, Texas, to Joe and Mildred Bond. Nicknamed “Toby” or “Tobe,” at an early age, he was the middle of three boys. Toby grew up in Pampa, Texas where he gave his heart to Jesus at an early age, and developed his love for Basketball. He enjoyed success in playing Basketball at Pampa High School; especially when teaming up with his brother, Jim. He was voted “All School Favorite” by his peers and was given the “Hustling Harvester” Award, 2 years in a row, by his Coach. Toby went on to play some College ball in California for Pasadena Nazarene College (now Point loma) until a knee injury ended that chapter of his college experience. After college, Toby found many ways to live his life centered on his love for Christ and others. Toby was an Ordained Minister, Youth Director, Chaplain at Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, and then later got his MA in Special Education, teaching Mobility to Blind students. He taught Special Ed. at Gladstone High School in Azusa, CA where he also found a passion for mentoring and coaching Boys’ Basketball.
In 1974, he moved to Monte Vista, CO to begin Farming potatoes with his Dad and brother, Bill. While in Monte Vista, Toby was very active in the Valley Church of the Nazarene and the community at large. He was instrumental in starting a community “Friday Night Open Gym” for Junior High students. He loved those kids, and his involvement in their lives went far beyond just those Friday evenings. Several of those kids (now adults) have continued to stay in touch with him throughout the years.
He also coached Sargent High School Girls’ Basketball for several years and assisted with the Boys’ team as well. Besides his love for sports, he also enjoyed Golf and Fishing.
Toby retired from farming in 1999 and moved to Castle Rock, CO. He became involved in his Home Owner’s Association; serving on the HOA Board and ministering to his neighbors who had home maintenance needs. He found no greater joy in life than showing Christ’s love by serving others. Toby’s life can be summed up as a life of loving service to Jesus, family, and others. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!!!
He is survived by Marian, his wife of 51 years; son, Jon (Franci) Bond of Aurora, CO; daughter, Laurie (John) Grisbach of Castaic, CA; daughter, Lisa Bond, of Aurora, CO; 5 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brothers Bill Bond, and Jim (Sally) Bond, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Marvin (Toby) Bond will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 1:00pm, at Castle Rock Bible Church, 1733 South Perry Park Street, Unit 101, in Castle Rock, CO. In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory by “Paying it Forward” and ministering to others in the name of Jesus.