Tarlton J. Bond

Long-time Archuleta County resident Tarlton J., “Tos,” Bond, cattle rancher, world traveler and wine aficionado, passed away on May 4, in Breckenridge, Texas.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1930, in El Paso, Texas. Tarlton was raised on the family ranch near Corona, N.M. First Lieutenant Bond served during the Korean conflict.

He and Dixie left New Mexico in 1965 and began ranching in Archuleta County, Colo. In 1980, they began traveling around the world. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dixie Lee Bond, of Pagosa Springs; their daughter, Sandra Bond (Burton Cherko) of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; their daughter, Joetta Bond (Gustavo Luengo) of Paris, France; their son, Michael Bond (Gretchen Schlichting Bond) of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bob O. Bond, of Roswell, N.M.; two nieces and two nephews.

Tos was well known for his great sense of humor and lust for adventure that took him and Dixie across the globe. The Bond family asks that no flowers be sent, but instead have a nice bottle of wine and raise a glass to Tos and to one another. Tos’ great gifts were his sense of humor, thirst for knowledge and belief that Life is an Adventure not an Obligation.

Private celebrations honoring his life were held at the family ranch in New Mexico.