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Guy Conrad Bonar
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1914
Okmulgee County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 2012
Grant County
Washington, USA

Guy Conrad Bonar, our beloved father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, April 17, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Well-known around Moses Lake and the Quincy area, Guy's big western Stetson hat was his familiar trademark, often referred to as "Big Hat," "Tom Dooley" and even "John Wayne." A patriot who loved his country and what it stands for, he was most admired for his gregarious personality, warmth, wit and loveable nature. He dedicated his life to his late wife, Mabel of 71 years, and his extended family. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand to family or friends in need, valuing friendship, honesty and integrity above all other virtues. In recent years, he enjoyed daily get-togethers, visiting and swapping stories at Bob's Cafe and Friday luncheons with his Mae and sister-in-law, Mildred "Mickey" Bonar, at the Senior Center of Moses Lake.

Guy was born in Bryant, Okla., on Aug. 20, 1914, to his parents, Frank Albert and Ethel Jane (Carter) Bonar. In 1918, his family moved to Buhl, Idaho, where his father and mother homesteaded a tract of land along the rim of the Snake River Canyon. Guy's father died at a very early age and, in 1928 at the tender age of 14, Guy assumed responsibility for farming and caring for his mother, two sisters and one of his brothers. In 1938, he married Mabel (Mae) Dorothy Skidmore of Rexburg, Idaho, in a family ceremony at Harry and Mildred (Skidmore) Bonar's place in Mountain Home, Idaho. Their two children were born in Buhl, Idaho, Larry in 1939 and Donna in 1940.

In 1942, Guy and his family moved to Rexburg, where he worked in a family partnership raising sheep. When the government reduced the amount of public-owned grazing lands, he sold his interest and returned to Buhl in 1945. He and Mae rented and operated the Robert (Bob) Bonnichson Farm at Deep Creek, four miles west of Buhl. During this time, he bought and developed a dry farm in the Roseworth area, south of Castleford near Three Creek. In 1955, he followed opportunities in the Columbia Basin, where he and Mae bought 160 acres near Adams Road and commenced farming and cattle-feeding operations in 1956. On April 11, 1968, he sold out and moved to Moses Lake. There he worked in construction and, in the late 1970s, bought 200 acres east of Moses Lake and farmed there for two years and sold off the land. In the early 1980s, he bought a tract of land along Lower Crab Creek east of Moses Lake and developed land home sites known as Sun Ridge Estates. He owned pasture on the east side of Crab Creek, where he ran cattle during the early spring and summer. At the completion and sale of all home sites in Sun Ridge, he and Mae retired.

Guy is preceded in death by his wife, Mae in 2010; his parents, Frank Albert and Ethel Jane Bonar; brothers Harry Conrad, Everett Haskell, Charles Stanley, Ivan Lee and Kenneth Albert; sister, Elsie Marie; and granddaughter, Shelley Annette Bonar. He is survived by his sister, Martha Pauline Bonar of Boise, Idaho; son, Larry James Bonar and wife Sharon of Snohomish, Wash.; daughter, Donna Lee Beauvais of Burlington, Wash.; five grandchildren, Brian James Bonar and wife Sonya of Lynnwood, Wash., Suzanne Ailene Morris and husband Sam of Sammamish, Wash., Christopher Bartholomew Romano of Anacortes, Wash., Valli Dawn Johansen of Renton, Wash., and Tanya Lee Peak, Olympia, Wash.; eight great-grandchildren, Aryele DeAnn Peak of Aberdeen, Wash, Tara Romano of Anacortes, Wash., Kayla Nicole, Mackenzie Claire, Isaac Austin, Mason Curtis, Luke Ryan, Riley Cole and Asher Kai Bonar of Lynnwood, Wash., and Jakob Austin Morris of Sammamish, Wash.

Services will be held Friday, April 27, with the graveside ceremony to take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Quincy Valley Cemetery, followed by a memorial service officiated by Pastor Shaun McNay at 1 p.m. in the Quincy Pioneer Church. A reception will be held at the Reiman-Simmons House, located next to the church, immediately following the service. Location of the cemetery and church is one-half mile west of city center on Highway 20.

Posted in Obituaries on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Family links: 
  Frank Albert Bonar (1881 - 1927)
  Ethel J Carter Bonar (1881 - 1966)
  Mabel D Skidmore Bonar (1914 - 2010)
  Harry Carter Bonar (1907 - 1987)*
  Stanley C Bonar (1909 - 1999)*
  Guy Conrad Bonar (1914 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Quincy Cemetery
Grant County
Washington, USA
Created by: Annie
Record added: Apr 24, 2012
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Guy Conrad Bonar
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Guy Conrad Bonar
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