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Monty Bondurant

Posted 2022-01-10 by mhenderson
Published by The Miner on Jan. 8, 2022 -
Kingman, Arizona -

Monty Bondurant, 70, of Clarkdale, passed away peacefully at home with
his wife by his side on Dec. 22, 2021, after a long battle with
lymphoma. Born in Larned, Kansas in 1951 to Howard and Celesta
Bondurant, he grew up on his family’s farm/ranch outside of Ness City.
There he learned the value of hard work, a love for the land and the
risks of farming.

Monty excelled in school and, as a natural athlete, played most sports
at Bazine High School. But, at age 16, his family made the big move to
Scottsdale, Arizona. There he attended Coronado High School, was active
in church youth groups and even did well in pole vaulting.

For one year he attended Mesa Community College for an A.A. in Business
Administration then earned his B.S. (with distinction) in Psychology
from ASU. Next, he went to Texas Tech for his Masters in Counseling
Psychology. His goal was to work in rehabilitation for vets.

After is internship in Phoenix, he took a job at Mohave Mental Health in
Kingman, Arizona. For 22 years he had a successful career as therapist,
site coordinator and supervisor for Kingman, Lake Havasu City and
Bullhead City. Kingman Fire Department presented him with a special
award for starting the first Critical Incident Debriefing Team. He also
served on the Drug Free Alliance Board, the Parks and Recreation
Commission and taught at Mohave Community College.

During his years in Kingman, he enjoyed the challenge and camaraderie of
playing softball, basketball, tennis, mountain biking, hiking and skiing
the Rockies.

In 1984 he married Christine (Desaulniers) Cornwall and became a
wonderful husband and stepfather to Richard and Becky. He also had 14
nieces and nephews (to some he was known as Uncle Monkey). Family was
important and he followed their lives and accomplishments with pride.

In 2000 Monty and Chris moved to the Verde Valle for his new job at VVGC
(now Spectrum), where he was Adult Program Director and later in direct
therapy. Earning the respect of his coworkers, he worked hard to promote
Mental Health First Aid throughout the Verde Valley.

Monty made many new friends as he pursued his interests in tennis, music
(banjo), photography, landscaping, travel and sports (a loyal Cardinals
fan). Always looking for adventure, he was kind, caring, curious, witty
and fun to be around. His philosophy was simple, “Leave the world a
better place.” And he did.

Monty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Monty is survived by his wife of 37 years, Chris; his stepchildren
Richard (Meredith) Cornwall and Rebecca (Jamie) Reinig; grandchildren
Alex, Elizabeth and Hayden; brother Gary Bondurant; sisters Cindy (Mark)
Van Hoesen and Tammy (Drew) Mitchell; brother-in-law Richard
Desaulniers; and his well-loved 14 nieces and nephews, their spouses and

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the doctors and
nurses at AZ Oncology, Mayo Clinic and Hospice Compassus for their skill
and caring throughout Monty’s long journey.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

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