1938 ~ 2013
husband, father, brother, and grandfather, Paul David Thompson,
passed away on July 4, 2013, at his home in Alpine, Utah.
Paul was born May 23, 1938, in San Bernardino, California.
He was the second child and only son of Roy and Lois Thompson.
He graduated from Colton High School in California and
attended BYU before serving a two and one half year mission
in Uruguay. After returning, he graduated from BYU in Spanish,
English, Education and Art. He married Barbara Travis in
the Idaho Falls Temple on December 20, 1962. His first teaching
job was in Minersville, teaching a combination third/fourth
He served two years in the U.S. Army and was stationed
at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. After his release from
the Army, he taught high school at Weber High in Ogden.
He then taught release-time Seminary in Pocatello, Idaho
for three years before returning to BYU to work on a master’s
degree in Art. He then became a graphic designer for the
Seminary and Institute dept. of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. In 1972, the family moved to Alpine
where he taught fourth and then fifth grades at Alpine Elementary
for many years and worked in the curriculum dept. of Alpine
School District before his retirement. While teaching, he
created the Utah Studies Weekly newspaper for children,
which has subsequently spread to all fifty states with the
help of his family.
Paul had many interests and talents and used them to bless
the lives of his family and others. He will be remembered
for his talents and cheerful disposition. He served in many
capacities in the Church, including Bishop. He loved his
family, students, friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sisters: Beverly
Johnson, Linda (Alan) Petersen; five children: Tyler (Janece)
Thompson, Miriam (Dave) Latour, Celeste (Ed) Rickers, Laurel
Thompson, Travis (Yu-Ting) Thompson; 13 grandchildren and
Funeral services will be held on July 22, 2013 at the Mountainville
LDS Chapel located at 165 North 100 East, Alpine, Utah at
11:00 am. Family and friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00
pm on Sunday, July 21 at the church and from 9:30 to 10:30
am prior to services. Interment will be held in the Alpine