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Bob Armond     Bob Armond

Bob Armond

Bob moved to Big Bear from Fountain Valley back in 1991 with his wife, Debbie, and their two daughters. He purchased Mercer Tire from the original owner Lee Mercer when it was in its original location just south of AM/PM and the feed store. He quickly learned the business and took it from a one employee business to its hay-day back in the mid '90s with as many as eight employees when it moved to its current location on Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear City.

Bob was a very flamboyant person, an incredibly hard worker with a sharp business mind. He would also go out of his way and do anything for friends and family. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Lodge and F Troop and was very involved with community affairs. He was a well known, well loved member of the community. 

After moving out of Big Bear he settled his family in the Thousand Oaks area. While deciding what to do for work, Bob began a new hobby of Para-Motoring. It wasn't long until he started teaching lessons on it. He developed a company to suit his new found passion and called it Paratoys. Paratoys developed world known products, and Bob soon became an icon in the industry. He worked with Hollywood on some stunt sets. He hosted fly-ins in various locations around the world. He taught famous people all the while growing this business venture. When he was all done he had built the West Coast's largest Powered Paragliding company. 

A few years ago he sold the company and moved to the Palm Springs area. He began renovating a piece of property and continued to fly as a hobby. He was considered to be an authority on the sport and an expert in the field. Although Bob and Debbie divorced, they stayed in touch over the years as they continued to support their two daughters as they grew into adulthood. 

On the morning of Wednesday June 8, 2011, Bob was flying a Sabre Trike Ultra-Lite plane at about 100 ft. level near the Joshua Tree National Park area when it suddenly nosed over into the ground. He succumbed to his injuries suffered in the crash on the scene at about 10:50 a.m. at 54 years of age. He died doing what he loved. He is survived by his two daughters, Mandi and Kristy.

Rest in peace Bob. You will be missed by many.

Big Bear Grizzly"  Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:43 am

Bob Armond

54 years of age. Bob moved his family to Big Bear Lake in 1990. He purchased Mercer Tire from the original owner Lee. After 7 years Bob moved his family up to Oregon for a small period of time eventually relocating in Thousand Oaks, Calif., around 1998. Bob began a hobby known as para-motoring. After falling in love with his new hobby, Bob went on to become an instructor and offer lessons; and over the next few years built the largest para-motor company on the West Coast. Bob sold his company and eventually moved to the Palm Springs area where he continued to pursue his love for flying and became known as an expert in the para-motoring field. 

Bob went flying early Wednesday morning in a Sabre Trike Ultra-lite. For an unknown reason at about the 100 foot level the plane turned downward crashing into the ground. Bob succumbed to injuries sustained in an ultra-lite plane crash near Joshua Tree National park at 11:04 a.m. on June 8, 2011. Bob is survived by his former wife Debbie and two daughters. He will be missed. 

"Big Bear Grizzly"  Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Submitted by: Peggy Hooper