Larry Crockett Pond, age 70, of Meridian, Idaho passed away on August 15, 2017. He spent the final days of his life surrounded by his family at the University of Utah Intensive Care Burn Center in Salt Lake City. He suffered complications from severe burns he received from an accident on his property. Larry was born January 25, 1947 in Logan, Utah to Dr. Vaughn Maurice Pond and Marjorie Faye Crockett Pond. He spent his childhood years in Twin Falls, Idaho where he developed a love for music and excelled at playing the trumpet. Larry was selected to represent his school at Idaho Boys State in June of 1964. He graduated from Twin Falls High in 1965 where he served as senior class president and was well known for being kind to all his peers.
As an honors program student, Larry attended Utah State University for the fall and winter quarters of the 1965-1966 school year. He enjoyed playing his trumpet in the Utah State University Scotsman Jazz Ensemble.
In March of 1966 Larry left for Paris, France where he began his service for two and one-half years as a missionary in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints French Mission. He mastered the French language and was often told that he sounded like a native Frenchman.
After completing his mission, he attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1972. During this time he met and married his college sweetheart, Cynthia Ann Oates, in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Temple on November 24, 1971. Together they raised 6 daughters and enjoyed 19 grandchildren. Each one was very special to him.
Their twin daughters, Stephanie and Danielle were born in October of 1972. In the fall of 1972 Larry started on a master’s degree in business administration at Utah State University. He went to USU because he wanted to again play trumpet in the Scotsman Jazz Ensemble. After receiving his MBA from Utah State University in 1974, Larry attended Law School at the University of Idaho where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in May of 1977. The family moved to Boise, Idaho where Larry joined the Labor Relations Department at the Albertsons General Office. He worked for 17 years as a labor relations attorney. The family added four more daughters to the family during those years. Laura was born in 1977, Tara in 1979, Noelle in 1984 and Nicole in 1987. In October of 1997 the family moved to their permanent home in Meridian, Idaho.
Larry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994 which left him unable to see in his right eye. In April of 1996, he suffered a massive stroke losing his ability to speak and read. He also lost all sensory function on his right side. Through his tenacity and determination he regained the ability to speak, read and enjoy doing the things he loved to do which included whitewater river rafting.
Larry worked as the Aquatics Director at the Idaho Snake River Area Council’s Boy Scout Camp Cape Horn in 1970. He began his love for whitewater rafting as a Boy Scout when he worked as a river guide for the camp as they took many Boy Scouts down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. During the summers of 1971-1976 Larry worked as a licensed boatman and guide on Idaho Primitive Area River expeditions.
He took many whitewater trips with his children and grandchildren hoping they would share his passion for the river which they do. This gave him great joy. In July 2016, he rafted his last Middle Fork of Salmon River trip. It was a trip of a lifetime which he shared with his older grandchildren, daughters and some nieces and nephews. He was able to raft this magnificent river over 150 times over the years, many with his brothers Ralph and Preston. The 3 Pond brothers, Preston, Ralph and Larry, ran the challenging rapids on the Lochsa River in May of 2017. Larry’s last river trip was just a few weeks ago - July of 2017. He enjoyed the company of family, friends and many of his precious grandkids as they floated the Main Payette River.
Larry was known for his kindness and willingness to help anyone in need whether it was someone he knew or not. Many times he pulled over on the side of the road to give a stranger a ride or offer help because their car had broken down. He loved knowledge and learned how to repair cars as a challenge. He was known for buying parts to repair someone's car not expecting to be paid back. He also learned how to design and install sprinkler systems while in college. He welcomed the opportunity to help anyone solve their sprinkler problems. A true handyman, Larry genuinely loved to teach himself how to solve and fix any mechanical problem. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Cindy, his six children: Stephanie EchoHawk, Danielle (Kirk) Johnson, Laura Farris, Tara Pond, Noelle (Russ) Mower, Nicole Pond, 19 adoring grandchildren, siblings Linda (Kent) Smith, Catherine Pond (Miguel), Preston (Vicki) Pond and Ralph (Belinda) Pond. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Lindsay Pond.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Stoddard LDS chapel, 2555 Stoddard Road, Meridian, Idaho. A visitation will be held at 9:00-9:45 preceding the funeral.