Earl Cade Pond, a 20-year resident of Burnet, died July 31, 2013, after a courageous second battle with skin cancer. He was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Colorado City, Texas, and grew up in Marfa.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Mitzi Leigh Pond; brother, Monte Pond; mother, Patsy Marlene Pond; father, Henry Vale Pond Jr.; and grandparents, Earl and Annis Hammond and Mr. and Mrs. Henry V. Pond Sr.
He is survived by his wife, LaDonna Kay Pond; son, Justin Ryan Pond; daughter, Mitzi Marlene Solomon; son-in-law, Justin Kyle Solomon; grandson, Jacek Kade Solomon; brother-in-law Allen Posey and wife Rhonda Posey and family; brother-in-law Kevin Posey and wife LeeAnn Posey and family; father-in-law, Bob Posey; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Posey; cousins Gary and Randy Patterson and families; and many dear friends he loved.
Cade grew up living the life of a “small-town simple man” in Marfa, working his family ranch and starting his own tab at the Marfa General Store at the age of 3. Cade met the love of his life in the neighboring town of Alpine. He and LaDonna shared 33 years of marriage, a marriage to be modeled after. He was an amazing and loving father to his two children, teaching them the meaning of hard work and molding them into strong-willed adults.
Cade would give the shirt off his back to a friend in need and would never ask for anything in return. His loving and generous nature was passed on to those he knew and loved. There are no words to describe the bond between him and his grandson. Jacek brought a new meaning to life and an indescribable love in his heart.
A service was Aug. 3 at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnet.
The family would like to send a special thanks to those who have sent their love and condolences to the family during this time. Any donations may be made in Cade’s name to Main Street Baptist Church and Scott & White Hospice in Llano.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222.