Paul David Thompson
1938 ~ 2013

Beloved 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 grades.

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 one great-grandchild.

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 City Cemetery.

 

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