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2208 Roosevelt Street
P.O. Box 22
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: 360-532-0220
Fax: 360-532-2454
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Jack Rowland

September 30, 1937 – October 4, 2018

Jack Thompson
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Obituary for Jack Rowland Thompson

Jack (Jesse) R. Thompson of Aberdeen, Washington, died October 4, 2018 from injuries suffered from a fall in Santiago, Chile while on business for the Port of Grays Harbor. Jack was born September 30, 1937 in Libby, Montana, the son of Jack and Louise (Rosander) Thompson, Sr. Around the age of 6 the family returned to Grays Harbor where Jack attended both Hoquiam and Aberdeen schools. He graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1955.
Jack then attended Grays Harbor College. Upon graduation he enrolled in the University of Washington to study engineering. Shortly before earning his degree he was called to active duty in the US Army. Jack served in Germany and was honorably discharged in May, 1962.
He had a variety of jobs in sales, road construction and explosives before starting his own company, Thompson Welding and Logging Supplies in 1972. He sold the business to Airgas, Inc. in 1992 and continued to work for them until his retirement. Jack’s work encompassed the Olympic Peninsula where he made great friends and touched many lives in the logging industry.
Jack was elected to his first term as Grays Harbor Port Commissioner, District 2, in 1994. He was recently reelected for his 5th term. Jack was extremely active in the community serving on various boards and committees for the betterment of Grays Harbor. He was a strong advocate for the Harbor and strove to make it his personal mission to improve the economy and make it a better place for his grandchildren and future generations.
He enjoyed many years of boating in Puget Sound, attending Husky football games and fishing with his sons. He was happiest when he was with his family, especially his grandchildren, whether cooking hotcakes on Saturday morning, watching them participate in area sports or just hanging out at home sharing his stories with them.
He was formerly married to Doreen (Bindreiff) Esteb and was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Louise Thompson.
Jack is survived by his wife of 28 years, Trish of Aberdeen; two sons: Jack, Jr., Cosmopolis, and Jerry (Cheryl) Thompson, Montesano; six grandchildren: Jessica (Shawn) Iskra, Sunny (Trevor) Wheeler, Bradley (Karley Wagner) Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Whitney (TJ) Heitstuman and Jake Gull; his adoptive grandchildren: Ed (Laurie) Thompson and Nichole (Sophea) Thompson-Pas; and his eight great grandchildren: Levi, Lyla, Tytan, Bradley Jr., Kendra, Kylie, Kason and Kenzi.
A celebration of Jack’s life will held at 1 PM Friday, Nov. 16th at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Soule Ave., Hoquiam. A reception will follow at the church.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the Grays Harbor College Foundation, 1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen, WA 98520, or the Aberdeen High School Bobcat Booster Club, P.O. Box 871, Aberdeen, WA 98520.
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Arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.

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Service Information

Friday, November 16th, 2018 1:00pm
Immanual Baptist Church
1200 Soule Street
Hoquiam, WA 98550

Interment Information

Fern Hill Cemetery
2212 Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Interment Extra Info
Private inurnment

Reception Information

Immanual Baptist Church
1200 Soule Street
Hoquiam, WA 98550