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Gregory Thornton



Gregory Owen Thornton was born in Yakima, Washington to parents Betty Maxine (Brown) and Robert Franklin Thornton on July 26, 1947. He married Diana O’Banion in Pasco, Washington on August 12, 1967.

Mr. Thornton served in the United States Army where he was a helicopter pilot. He later had a career in law enforcement and became the police chief in Goldendale, retiring in 1993. Gregory was a member of the American Legion. He was an avid snowmobiler and loved water skiing, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Mr. Thornton passed away at his home in Goldendale on September 6, 2013 at the age of 66.

He is survived by his wife, Diana, of Goldendale; daughter Sheri Nordwell and her husband Kyle of Woodland, Washington; son Robert Thornton of Grand Junction, Colorado; brother Stacy Thornton of Lacey, Washington; and grandsons Wyatt Nordwell and Cole Thornton.

No services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled cremation arrangements.


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