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Obituary: Howard M. Pond

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Dr. Howard M. Pond, age 91, died July 13, 2000 of natural causes in Longview, Washington. He was born March 27, 1909, in Lewiston, Utah, the youngest of nine children of Brigham and Catherine Whittle Pond.

He graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan, Utah in 1934 after serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Illinois from 1928-1930.

After briefly pursuing careers in recreation and teaching, including teaching English, drama, and music at South Cache High School in Hyrum, Utah, from 1935-1937, he entered the University of Southern California School of Dentistry from which he graduated in 1941.

In 1937 he married Kathryn Griffin. They are the parents of two children, Steven H. Pond of Castle Rock, Washington, and Kathryn Madsen, currently residing in Paris, France. They have 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

During World War II, Dr. Pond served as a dentist in the U.S. Army Air Corps, from which he was honorably discharged as a major. He practiced general dentistry in Taft, California from 1945-1965 and specialized in periodontics in Castro Valley, California from 1965 until his retirement in 1976.

After residing in Taft and later Walnut Creek, California, Dr. and Mrs. Pond moved to Longview, Washington, in 1999 where they were residing at the time of his death.

Dr. Pond

was active in church and community activities. He served as a Bishop and High Councilor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For almost 30 years he and Mrs. Pond worked in the LDS temple in Oakland, California, where he was a supervisor and sealer. He was a member of the American and California Dental Associations. He served a two-year term as President of the Kern County Dental Association. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and also served as District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 10 a.m. in the Richmond 3rd Ward Chapel, 135 West Main Street. Friends may call at the Richmond Chapel one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Richmond City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Allen Hall Mortuary, Logan, Utah.