1931 ~ 2012
beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather,
Frank W. Thompson passed away on February 27, 2012 in Orem,
Born on November 26, 1931 to Franklin F. and Eleanor Thompson
in Rexburg, Idaho. He married Carolyn Rasmussen on July
11, 1952. Their marriage was later sealed in the Idaho Falls
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn R. Thompson and their
four children; Gay (Brad) Ferney of Idaho Falls, ID, Jill
(Mike) Withers of Sugar City, ID, Franklin B. Thompson of
Highland, UT and Kim (Michael) Spaulding of Mukilteo, WA.
also eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
After graduating from Madison High School, Frank joined
the United States Navy and served during the Korean War
as a Gunners Mate aboard the U.S.S. Bayfield 33 and also
time in the Philippine Islands. The four years he spent
in the Navy took him to many far away places, such as Japan,
Hong Kong, Guam, Iwo Jima, Hawaii and French Indo China.
He gained a deep love for his heritage as an American Citizen
and especially being from Idaho.
Frank literally grew up in the sporting goods business.
His father, the late Frank F. Thompson started the business
in 1931, the year he was born. As a child he worked at the
store after school and on weekends helping his Dad sharpen
lawnmowers and setting up bikes. They sold general sporting
goods along with guns, fishing tackle, Schwinn bicycles
and lawnmowers. They were also the only locksmith in town.
Later they started putting gas engines on lawnmowers and
in 1949 sold over 100 "whizzer" engines that were
installed on bicycles. At the age of 24 his father passed
away and left him to take over the business.
In 1960 he decided to get involved with Honda motorcycles
and later Yamaha in 1965. He and Carolyn won several trips
to Japan where they met Mr. Honda, himself. Frank loved
the out of doors and was one of the first in the area to
ride into "Old Faithful" in the winter on a new
machine called a snowmobile. For 37 years Frank sold things
that people used to have fun.
He was a member of the LDS Church. His most memorable service
in the church was serving at Ricks College in two different
bishoprics and as Bishop of the 23rd Ward. In 1986, he served
a mission with his wife Carolyn in the Auckland, New Zealand
Frank and Carolyn spent their winters in St. George, UT
then later settling in American Fork, UT to be near family.
They loved their new home and LDS Ward.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, brother and
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at
11:00 a.m. at the American Fork 19th Ward Chapel, 1305 North
100 East, American Fork. Family and friends may call on
Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services
at the church. Interment, Highland City Cemetery. Funeral
Directors - Warenski Funeral Home.