Life Tribute – Kurt A Bonham

Kurt A Bonham

                  Kurt A Bonham, 70, passed away June 10, 2021 after a 21 year fight with renal cell cancer and kidney failure.

Kurt is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia O’Rorke; his son Frank Bonham, his brother Karl Wade, Dan and Andre Vauthier, Martha Bonham, Becky Heilman, Joe O’Rorke, and his grandchildren and great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucile B. Bonham, born of her heart, his father Francis Bonham, and sister Karlynne Vauthier.

Kurt grew up and attended schools in southern California. He attended Citrus Community College and was a member of their highly rated golf team. He finished fifth in the State JC championship in 1971. Kurt treasured his election to the prestigious Heidelberg American Golf Club Board of Directors.

He graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills in 1979 with a BS degree in business administration/accounting. He earned his license as a Certified Public Accountant and held a Lifetime Teaching Credential for Accounting at the Community College level.

Kurt actively served his country for six years as staff sergeant in the Army. He was a Reserve Officer Training Coordinator and a Recruiter. While serving on active duty he received a direct commission as second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

He was awarded the Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Good Conduct, and National Defense Service Medals. He was selected to attend the Nevada Honor Flight to Washington DC in May 2016. It was the greatest and most humbling trip of his life.

Kurt was a youth soccer coach and official and a high school official in Quartz Hill California. He loved golf, soccer, ice hockey, drag racing, fishing and puppies.

Kurt served as mayor and member of the Susanville City Council. He also served two terms on the Lassen County Grand Jury. Kurt always insisted on community safety above political expediency.

Kurt was a good man and a proud veteran. In lieu of flowers donations to Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms of Susanville, California or Honey Lake Hospice would be appreciated.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28 at Diamond Crest Cemetery.