Remembering Philip Charles Bonk

December 26, 1948 - February 16, 2014

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© 2014 Joe Snelson

Philip Charles Bonk, 65, born on December 26, 1948, in Glendale, California, passed away February 16, 2014. He resided in Shadow Hills, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.

Phil joined the FBN staff in the early 1970’s. He came to us from television station KVVU-TV in Las Vegas, a station owned by Johhny Carson where he was a staff engineer.

Phil was a multi-talented brioadcast engineer capable of camera set-up, video control, technical director, videotape operator and editor. He joined FBN prior to the new production center being constructed when all production was done at the Faith Center building at 1615 S. Glendale Ave. Phil left FBN in 1976 and joined the team at Image Transform which was one of the premier tape to film transfer companies in the world.

Our Sincere Prayers for God’s Comfort are extended to the family in their loss of Phil.

From all of the former FBN staff.

Phil in circa 1974

A more recent photo

Phil Bonk (left) in the tape room with Bruce Braun (right)  

Rick Eisleben:

I really enjoyed Phil. I’m sure he's having a grand time now! We sure did have a great group of very likeable engineers.

Bruce Braun:

So sorry to hear about Phil. He will be missed by many here on earth, but welcomed by legions in heaven.

Lee Vogt:

I am saddened to hear that Phil Bonk has passed away. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

Alex Valderama:

I am sorry to hear about Phil Bonk, he was one of those quiet kind of guys that was always vectored in on his work at the tape machines.  I do remember that he loved Mexican lunches once or twice a week at a nearby restaurant from the station.  I liked him a lot and he is well remembered by me.

Steve Pair:

Phil made a lasting impression on this young man while at Faith Center…

Al and Linda Davis:

Heaven's building a media team…

Joe Snelson:

Phil was not only the most talented videotape engineer I have ever worked with, he had a great sense of humor and plenty of funny stories to tell. I especially remember him telling about the issues he had with his “domestic wastewater disposal system.” It seems he was constantly having problems and driving home after work only to find the “pump truck” and the associated aroma awaiting to greet him. Seriously, Phil was the most talented, kindest and gentlest person you would ever want to meet.

Former FBN staff reflect on Phil Bonk