In Memoriam

Jon Rand

Jonathan G. Rand

Jon RandOn the 13th of January 2007, Jonathan G. Rand, husband, father, grandfather and friend made his final flight. A memorial service for Jon was held on the 19th of January at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sun City, CA. Jon was buried in the Riverside National Cemetery with full military honors. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his mother, a brother, six children and, and a grandson. Jon was born in Detroit, MI on the 20th of October 1945 to Ruth and Leonard Rand. His father was a civilian employee of the US Army, and, as a result, Jon attended high school at Camp Zama, Japan. In the fall of of 1963, he started education at the University of Colorado/Boulder. Although having the time of his life as a Sigma Chi brother, Jon's ultimate goal was to serve his country in the United States Air Force. So on the 29th of June 1964, he gathered with 1,015 other young men to enter the Air Force Academy as the Class of 1968. Jon was a model cadet, making the Commandant's List every semester. More importantly, however, he was affable, easy going, and generous with his time. He was popular among his classmates and made a name for himself as the banjo player in a Kingston Trio look-a-like group called The Third Addition that wowed large audiences on many occasions. When he wasn't playing his banjo or "hitting the books", Jon played water polo on the varsity team and enjoyed his Alpha Romeo sports car. After graduation and commissioning as a second lieutenant, Jon entered pilot training at Moody AFB, GA. Next came B-52 transition training and assignment to Loring AFB, ME. He arrived at his new base at the height of the war in Southeast Asia and subsequently spent half his time in Thailand and Guam, flying missions around the clock. Although he upgraded to aircraft commander in minimum time and was on his way to a very successful Air Force career, he had something different in mind. In June 1973 he left the Air Force and enrolled in Brigham Young University. While there, he earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. During the next two decades, he devoted his life to the practice of naturopathy and the promotion of its efficacy and earned his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Jon was an outstanding public speaker and spent his last years addressing large audiences at meetings and conferences throughout the world. At the time of his passing, Jon was serving as the Vice President for Facilitation, Partners in Leadership. Jon touched many lives in profound and positive manner and will be sorely missed by all. The winds on his final flight were surely favorable.
(Michael Thrower, '68)

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