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Gene Thompson


Gene Thompson

Dr. Gene T. Thompson, 86, of Clarkston, passed into the hands of the Lord on March 28, at Royal Plaza Care Center.

Gene was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Goldendale, Wash., to Guy E. and Rachael A. (Carratt) Thompson. He had two siblings, brother Everett and sister Donna. He grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch and graduated from Goldendale High School. He attended Washington State University, obtaining his doctorate in civil engineering in 1974. Gene worked in 38 different countries throughout his career.

Gene married Marilyn in 1949 and the couple had two children. They later divorced. He married Jacque in 1973 and to this union were added three children. The couple was married 41 years.

For his work as an engineer, King Hussein of Jordan awarded him a medal and a gold watch for his work on the East Gore Canal in 1965. He also was recognized for his work in the provincial province of the Northwest Frontier of Peshawar Pakistan for his work on the Mardan Scarp in 1989. In 2004, he was awarded the President's Call to Service Award for his work in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Gene and Jacque bought a house in Clarkston, Wash., in 1987 and moved permanently to the valley in 1993. The couple attended Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Clarkston and Gene served as the chairman of the council for many years and he enjoyed helping at the church. He was also an active volunteer in his community. He volunteered as a Blue Angel at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston and was recognized by the hospital's auxiliary for his service. He was also the Idaho's AARP chapter president three times. Gene also enjoyed traveling, reading, sports, gardening and fishing.

Gene was a loving husband and father to his family.

He is survived by his wife Jacque Thompson; and he was father to Karen Thompson and husband Bryan Lowe and Melissa (Lloyd) Grendys, Douglas (Ruthie) Thompson, Michael (Linda) Nottingham and Marty Nottingham; and is survived by sister Donna; grandchildren, Jason (Abagail) Nottingham, Justin Nottingham, Carl Nottingham, Joshua (Sarah) Thompson, Tory (Alexa) Nottingham, Alex Lowe, Jessica Lowe and Jakob Kenyon; as well as six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Everett.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, April 17 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th St., Clarkston.


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