It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a rising star in the rodeo world, Colton Bond. The 21-year old cowboy passed away after a tragic car collision that also took the lives of his grandfather and great-grandmother. The rodeo community mourns the untimely loss of a talented young athlete, a friend to many, and a young man who had already touched many lives. In this article, we pay tribute to Colton’s journey, achievements, and the impact he had on those who knew him. Keep reading more..
Who was Colton Bond?
Colton Bond was born on September 29, 1999, in Chetopa, Kansas, to proud parents Brenda and Tyler. From an early age, he showed a strong interest in rodeo events and was a natural at tie-down and team roping. Colton started competing at Junior Rodeos and progressed to high school rodeo events, where he excelled and won several titles. He continued his rodeo journey at college, where he tied-down and team roped for Fort Scott Community College’s rodeo team.
Good news came for Colton in May 2021, as he earned a spot in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association College National Finals Steer Roping. It was an outstanding achievement that marked the beginning of a promising professional rodeo career. Colton’s coach, Chad Cross, said, “He was a kid with so much potential. He had the grit, the talent, and the heart to do anything he wanted to in rodeo.”
How did Colton Bond die? What was the cause of his death?
On May 26, 2021, Colton’s life was tragically cut short in a car accident that also claimed the lives of his grandfather, Jimmy Bond, and great-grandmother, Barbara Bond. The accident occurred when their pickup truck struck a cow while driving on US 166 in Labette County, Kansas. Colton was described by his friends and family as a caring soul, always smiling, and with a contagious sense of humor. He was a hardworking cowboy with a bright future and a real passion for rodeo.
Colton Bond Obituary
Colton Bond’s life may have been short, but it was full of passion, ambition, and kindness. He was a young cowboy deserving of respect, admiration, and love. Colton will be missed by many, but his memory will live on through his family, friends, and the countless people he inspired during his rodeo journey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bond family during this challenging time. Rest in peace, Colton Bond.
Tributes Pours to Colton Bond
The rodeo community has expressed their condolences for the Bond family and shared their fond memories of Colton. Professional rodeo cowboy and commentator, Flint Rasmussen, tweeted, “Heavy-hearted learning about the collision that took the life of young cowboy,Colton Bond. I had the chance to visit with him after he competed twice at the NHSFR. He was a happy young man with a winning smile.”
Some things will never make sense why someone so respectful and hardworking has to go so young. I’ll never forget the phone call when JD and Colton Bond call from Kingman’s jackpot saying “I stole Monkey and I like him”. To driving you ding dongs around at state finals. To going to Garden City to college and saying Morgan anytime you need horses done call me, he was there was always there to do them within a couple hours if he was around. Colton and his family are precious people, praying for his momma Kelly, daddy Jim Tom, and his baby brother Tagg. To know him was nothing but love for him because of the person he was.
Our hearts are broken … words can’t express! We lost Colton Bond late last night… this hits hard in our rodeo family. If you feel it in your heart, please help relieve some of the financial burden for Kelly Dickinson Bond! Please pray for all who loved him. Missy Hockett
Colton Bond KHSRA State Finals Short Go Tribute Entrance. Lead By Tagg Bond with Colton’s Riderless Horse. Gods Speed to Your Family Colton, Your Rodeo Family with make sure they are okay! You will be Missed!
The rodeo community has rallied around the Bond family, organizing benefit events, fundraising, and expressions of support. On June 12, the Colton Bond Memorial Rodeo & Auction took place in Galena, Kansas, to honor Colton’s memory and to help his family financially. The event was successful, with hundreds of people attending, and a significant amount of money raised to support the Bond family.