1918 - 2012
Donald Munding passed away June 6, 2012 in Payson, Ariz. He was born Nov. 22, 1918 in Rochester, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helen; his daughter, Elaine; and brothers, Everett, Bernard and Richard. Surviving are a granddaughter, Susan Scully; grandson, Gregory Lane; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Munding was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Yale University for diving. He was training for the Olympics, which were canceled due to the onset of World War II.
Having enlisted in the Air Force during WWII, he was trained and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant Bombardier, assigned to the 397th Heavy Bomber Squadron of the 6th U.S. Air Force. He served six months active duty overseas in the Caribbean Theater of Operations with the ending of hostilities.
On return to civilian life he led a multi-faceted career in the following sequence: insurance adjuster, private investigator, juvenile probation monitor, deputy sheriff, and a final 14 years as a security enforcement officer at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson.
He was an absolute gentleman and will be sadly missed by his neighbors in Deer Creek Village, the community, and especially his family and close friends, writes his family.
Mr. Munding was interred with graveside services at 10:30 a.m., June 12 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.