Clifford Robert Pond

Born: Fri., Jun. 8, 1962
Died: Thu., Jul. 7, 2011

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Clifford Robert "Punky" Pond - 49 of Pendleton died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington, following a heart attack. The Dressing Ceremony was held Saturday, July 9, at 10:00 A.M., followed by an evening Washat Service at 7:00 P.M, both held at the Agency Longhouse in Mission. A service was held on Sunday morning at 9:00 A.M. followed by an evening Washat Service at 7:00 P.M, at the Longhouse. Sunrise Service were held Monday morning, July 11, 2011, with the final songs beginning at 7:00 A.M. at the Longhouse, followed by burial in the Pond Cemetery near the McKay Reservoir, Pendleton. Sign the online guestbook at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in care of arrangements. Mr. Pond was born June 8, 1962 in Hermiston, Oregon, to Ron and Janie Pond. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1981. He attended college at Western Oregon State in Monmouth, OR, Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, KS, and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. His Indian name was "Watish'Sts'Ka'Niin" meaning Earth Blanket. He is a direct descendant of Chief Amos Pond, Chief Willie Woeatsie and Chief Joseph. He was a member of the 7 Drum Tribal Religion and Presbyterian Church. He was a hunter and fisherman for his family and his tribe. Mr. Pond was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army. His peacetime service was served at Fort Knox, Virginia, Yakima, Washington Army Center, Panama, South America, and Seoul, South Korea. He was involved in the Tribal Veteran Basketball Tournaments for the Northwest Tribes, and supported all Veterans Functions. Fittingly, Military Funeral Honors will be provided for Mr. Pond. Mr. Pond was employed for many years, by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He had worked for many departments including: the Umatilla Tribal Police, CTUIR Youth Recreation Program, Wildhorse Resort Security, the CTUIR Maintenance Department, and most recently he worked for the Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority. He was a dedicated Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon volunteer. Mr. Pond was an all around athlete. He grew up playing Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, High School Football, Basketball and Track and Field, and he was a member of the Umatilla Reservation Boxing Club. A boxer's final ten bell call will be performed at the longhouse as a tribute to Mr. Pond. He was also a Decathlon Athlete. Mr. Pond was a Softball and Baseball All Star, and MVP in the Northwest Tribal Nations. He was an All State Football player and captain for the North-South Shrine Game representing Pendleton High School for the State of Oregon. Finally, Mr. Pond was a Wild Horse Team Racer in the Rodeo. Mr. Pond was preceded in death by his grandparents Walter and Inez Pond, as well as Cyrus Wilkinson, aunts Marie Pond Brown and Sheila Pond Bill, Chief Raymond Burke, grand-aunt Smitty Jones, uncle Charlie Wocatsie, uncles: Victor, Robert, Goose and Rudolph Williams, nephew JamesTellar Robert Pond and baby sister Nix Tias. Punky is survived by his parents Dr. Ronald James and Anna Jane Pond, siblings: Amos and Natalie Pond, Lona Inez Pond and twin brothers Ross and Mitch Pond, a daughter Monica Paradise, mother Colene Paradise, grandparents Frank and Rebecca Paradise, grandchildren: Desmond and Janae Paradise, all of Nevada, nephews Boots and Wakody Pond, nieces Arianne WildBill and Crystal Pond with grand-niece Chrissa Marie Pond, both of South Dakota. Pallbearers for Mr. Pond were: Paul Jones, Buck Jones, Keith Burke, Boots Pond, B.J. Stangier, Raymond Brown-Cruz, Marc Whitman, Rod Cowapoo, Jr., Weyekin Bill and Tony Lavadour. Honorary Pallbearers for Mr. Pond included: Alice Wilkie, Brian Conner, Bob Webb, Tom Melton, Kelly Fox, Randy Alexander, Silas Whitman, Tony Proust, Sandra Main, Denise Watsa, Donnie Bagley, Lester Bub Spencer, Alison Davis, Karen Bean, Benson Heath, Rhonda Craig, Sharon Wahl, Rex & Angela Buck Family, Louie & Marie Dick Family, Burke Families, Dan Buckskin Stevens Family, Jones Families, Jim & Sydelle Harrison, Jackie James Family, Teddi Taniwasha Family, Todd & Kerry Noble, Gail & Brenda Shippentower, Danny & Glo Jim, Chuck & Rosalie Harris, Tom, Sharon, Paco & Mary Joanis, Dave & Laura Kordatzky, and the following: Mission Indians Men's Baseball & Softball Teams, Frontier Men's Softball & Basketball Teams, The Boyz Men's Softball Team in Lapwai, Idaho, Baker, Oregon Co-Ed Softball Team, The 1980 Pendleton Football Team, The 1983 Haskell Indian Jr. College Football Team in Lawrence Kansas.

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Steve Green
   Posted Fri July 08, 2011
My deepest condolences to the Pond family and relatives. I remember Punky as a very nice guy especially to this underclassman! and a fine Pendleton Buck athlete. He especially did the Buck football team proud. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. May the Lord be with all of you.

Brandy Pinkham-Wyatt
   Posted Fri July 08, 2011
Pond Family, just want to let you know that I am very sorry for your loss. Punky was a great guy with a crazy sense of humor. he will be missed dearly by all who knew him. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Stacey Carty Nelson
   Posted Fri July 08, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Pond family at their loss of Punky. I never knew Punky, but my dad always spoke highly of him, and Punky made a lasting impression on my father. May your memories comfort you in the time to come. He will be missed by many.

   Posted Sat July 09, 2011
RIP Uncle Punky Will Miss All The Good Times And All The Laughs!

Leland H Black
   Posted Sat July 09, 2011
To all, my condolences to all the family, you have all been family to me and the passing of Punky took me by surprise, I remember all the good times we had with Punky and the family, he was always the comic in everything we did together, he kept things on the lighter side of life and had the upbeat personality, I know he will be missed by family and friends, it makes me sad to see that good people need to go home so early, I wish him a safe and happy journey to the promised land, and again my heart is heavy and condolences to the family, it was a good ride cowboy, Let'er Buck my Brother!

Don and Louise Paxton
   Posted Sat July 09, 2011
To all the Pond families, We pray for the family to have strength and guidance during this night season. Our loved one is now our elder and we will cherish the fond memories, laughs and smiles. Again, our deepest sympathy

   Posted Sun July 10, 2011
I give you this one thought to keep - I am with you still - I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the sweet uplifting rush, of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft starts that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone - I am with you still in each new dawn. We will miss you old friend!

Leslie Edwards
   Posted Sun July 10, 2011
My thoughts and prayer's to the Pond family today and always.I will miss talking to Punky and listening to his stories.He made me smile and i will continue to do so with the memories i have of him from all the years i have known him.RIP my friend

E.B. Parker
   Posted Sun July 10, 2011
To the Pond Family: My sincere condolences to you all at this time and following year. He always had a smile and a kind word to share. He will be missed. Take care. Sincerely, Eleanor B. Parker

Dan Alderman
   Posted Tue July 12, 2011
My Condolences to the Pond family. I played on many football and baseball teams with Punky growing up and I always enjoyed him as a teammate. May God bring your family peace and comfort at this time of great loss.

Jackie Cook
   Posted Tue July 12, 2011
To Ron, Janie and family--There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and all of the family. Peace and prayers.

Jason Allen Clark
   Posted Tue July 12, 2011
Punky always had a smile and a great laugh. But you knew never to cross him because he had a heck of an upper cut. I am sad he has left.

Winona Spino Stwyer
   Posted Tue July 12, 2011
To the Pond Families: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for the loss. We couldn't believe the news when we found out. Sorry we couldn't be there with you during this time. I recently lost my husband also. The Warm Springs Spino Clan: Eddie/Lisa and Buck Rosaline Moran and family Winona Spino Stwyer and sons Raydine Spino and family Louis Spino and girls Azar Spino and family Roxanne/Wilson Begay and family

Shelli Ober Britt
   Posted Wed July 13, 2011
My condolences go out to you all. I was a fellow classmate of Ross and Mitch but knew Punky because I have two older sisters that were close to him in age. Know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Punky will be missed greatly but his legacy of who he was and what he gave to his family, community and country will never be forgotten. Peace be with you all. Please give Mitch a special hug from me and tell him Iweare here for him if he or any of you need anything at all. Sincerely, Shelli Ober Britt and family

Dayna K Benson Walker
   Posted Wed July 13, 2011
In sympathy: Our thought and prayer go out to the family. Let faith be your comfort during this time of sorrow, Sincerely some fellow classmates. Dyna & Miles Agee

Dena Burnside
   Posted Wed July 20, 2011
I'll miss you Punky! ILU buddy <3 Sending prayers of healing and strength to all. Love and Hugs to the family.

Cindi LeGore
   Posted Sun August 07, 2011
To the Pond Family My condolences for your great loss. I first met your son/brother about 10 year ago when he brought me a jacket to make patches for him to repesent his service to his country. Many years later he was still wearing the jacket with pride. I will always remember his great smile and fun spirit. Cindi LeGore

Kerry and Noel Reed
   Posted Thu April 21, 2016
We just heard of Punky's passing. I can't express the sadness in our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. We met Punky shortly after we moved to Pendleton in 1992. Kerry worked for Les Schwab and Punky used to just stop by to say hi. We shared many campfires at Indian Lake where he was always happy to share many stories! We moved back to Albany in 2005 and sadly lost touch with most of our friends, but we always wondered how Punky was doing and we shared many "remember when" stories about him! He was truly a special "heart" friend of ours. Thank you Ron and Janie for raising such an amazing man.

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