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Obituary: Jack D. Thompson

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Jack Darwin Thompson, age 81,our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on July 18, 2001.

Jack was born March 12, 1920 in Magna, Utah to Acel and Stella Shafer Thompson. They moved to Sandy, UT where he attended school and graduated from Jordan High School. After graduation, he attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan. World War II was in need of men, so Jack joined the Navy to fight for his country. He served as an airographer in Guam for the duration of the war. He returned home and found work with his father at Kennecott. In the meantime, Virginia Tuttle O'Brien, his soon-to-be wife moved from Provo to Salt Lake City. Their first meeting was the beginning of a true love story. Jack and Virginia were married and sealed together for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on May 9, 1957 by Spencer W. Kimball. Also sealed to them that day were David and Richard, Virginia's two sons from a prior marriage.

Jack secured a position in San Diego, CA with the Atomic Energy Commission and they moved to Escondido, a beautiful little city they called their "Garden of Eden." The church grew rapidly in this part of the Lord's vineyard giving great opportunities for this new little family to work for our Father in Heaven. Jack loved working with the Boy Scouts, going on their camp outs and teaching them how to be good in all they do. Jack and Virginia would pack their van for a three day stay in the Los Angeles Temple parking lot so they could spend all of that time working in the temple.

They moved back to Sandy, Utah 20

years later and continued a doll making business they had started in California until they were called on a mission to Houston, Texas in 1989. They were both nearing age 70 and knew that this was the most important calling they would ever receive. They accepted the call and had many marvelous experiences there!

Now Jack is going on another mission with our son, David, who died two years ago. We are so happy with his new calling. Goodbye, dear Jack. We will join you later.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his son, David. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, his son, Richard and his wife, Debbie; daughter-in-law, Linda Thompson; his sister, Mary Sibilsky; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Jack through his struggle with heart disease and strokes. Especially those who helped make it possible for him to be at home with his devoted sweetheart throughout his many years of suffering. Jack had a great sense of humor that would delight anyone who met him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. For all who knew him, loved him.

Services will be held Sat., July 21, 2001 at 11 a.m. in the Granite Ridge Ward Chapel, 9575 So. 3100 E. Friends may call Friday 7-9 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 South 1700 East and Saturday at the Ward 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens.