Mitchell Leonard Pond

Born: Sat., Aug. 15, 1964
Died: Sun., Dec. 13, 2015


Dressing Ceremony

2:30 PM Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
Location: Agency Longhouse

Washat Services

7:00 PM Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
7:00 AM Tue., Dec. 15, 2015
Location: Agency Longhouse

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Mitchell Leonard Pond


August 15, 1964 – December 13, 2015

Mitchell Leonard Pond “Ollicut” – a longtime Pendleton resident passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015, at his home, due to complications of Diabetes.  He was 51 years old. 

Dressing Ceremony will be held Monday, December 14th at 2:30 PM at the Agency Longhouse in Mission, followed by evening Washat at 7:00 PM.  Sunrise Washat will be held Tuesday December 15, at 7:00 AM at Agency Longhouse in Mission, with burial to follow at the Pond Cemetery.

Mitchell was born to Dr. Ron J. Pond PHD “It qua twiin” and Anna Jane Pond “Tawiisla”, Whipwoman, on August 15, 1964, in Pendleton.  In his early life he was a Little League and Babe Ruth All-Star and an Intermountain Conference All-Star Third Baseman.  He graduated from Pendleton High School and went on to receive his Associate of Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, and his Undergraduate Degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.

He was a participant in the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon for all of his 51 years.  In the Round-up, he danced in the Round-Up Arena and walked in the parades every year.  In Happy Canyon; he went in in a baby board, he was a toddler war-dancer, dancing out of the tee-pee, he was a teenage war-dancer up on top, he sang the stick game song, he answered to the warrior signing a first kill, and finally he was the wedding groom.  He used to brag that he got married every night of the Round-Up.

He was involved in the Heartbreak Ridge Trail Ride, Bloomsday for 25 years, BAAD Tournament for 26 years, he was a Referee for 30 years, and he sat on 5 committees for the CTUIR spanning 30 years.  He was a member of the Washat Religion.

He was a Baker River Inter-Agency Hot Shot and then a Missoula Smoke Jumper.

His nickname was “The Big Z” meaning zero, because no one could beat him at a game of pool.  He was unselfish like Amos and Punky, he never went for the homerun all of the time, but when we needed one, he would hit one.  In the old school Indian way, he was an exceptional Fisherman and Hunter.

He is survived by his children: Serena & Selena King of AZ, his father Dr. Ron J. Pond, siblings: Amos, Lona and Ross Pond, adopted siblings: Gary, Keith, Marvin and Kootsie Burke, Phillip Bill, Carol Conner, Lester Spencer, Joe Ball and Bill Sandoval, grandchildren: Desmond & Janae Minthorn & Wapei Paradise, Cryssa Hawkeye Kirkie and Nixtias Kirkie, nephews & nieces: Monica Paradise, Boots, Crystal & Wycody Pond, as well as his dog “Mox Mox” and tomcat “Bear”.

He was preceded in death by his mother Anna Jane Pond, brother Punky Pond and nephew James Teller Pond.

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Louise Spino
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
May the creator give the family comfort and strength during this night season.
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

Ross (Roscoe) Pond
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
To my twin brother "Minnow" which I have always called you. You earned that name because you swam the longest in the Umatilla river when we were kids. We had a connection because we could only glance at each other and always laugh. I had you for 51 years as a brother and that was a gift. God (the Creator) needs you now and I have to let you go to him. Say "hello" to Mom, Punky and James Teller for me. - Rest easy now "Minnow" (Mitch) from your twin brother Ross (Roscoe) Pond.

Penny "Two Feathers" White
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
Condolences to the entire family and Friends...Mitch was one of the nicest guys I've ever met! He had a heart of Gold. R.I.P. my friend. You will truly be missed.
Penny @ Sacred Grounds

Janet, and Kids: Amy-Jo and Deric Johnson
   Posted Tue December 15, 2015
He will truly be missed and our prayers will be with he entire family always. Mitch always took the extra time to tap me over the shoulder to pay me a nice visit; be it at a local store or at the Governance Tribal Office. He always asked about my family and offered me words of support. His huge SMILE always strengthened my sad days and always told me to never lose touch with my people in Pendleton... God Bless You Pond Family and relatives...

Michael Pepion
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
So sad to hear of Mitch's passing. He was a great guy of whom I shared experiences as a Smokejumper.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Tue December 29, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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