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Obituary - Arthur Ray Thompson

Art Thompson departed this earthly life April 10, 2010. He was born in Lordsburg, N.M., to Vera Inez Nard Thompson and Allen Delany Thompson, both deceased.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; daughters Debra and husband Terry Wright of Midway, Utah, and Kelly and husband Eric Jones of Wendel, Idaho; sons Caleb Thompson of Pagosa Springs, and Rockton Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister Audrey and husband Bud Barefield of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother Al Coffman of Rio Rancho, N.M.; sister-in-law Sherri Thompson of Globe, Ariz., as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Bird, and a brother, Hal Thompson.

He attended school in Reserve, N.M., followed by college in Las Cruces, N.M.

His early years were spent working in a sawmill in Reserve, N.M., as a log truck driver.

He joined the army and served his country during the Korean War.

After his marriage to his first wife, Veva L. Durffee, they moved to California and started a family. Many years were spent working in the San Bernadino area while taking classes at Pasadena Playhouse working with people such as Ruth Buzzi, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and others.

After 14 years, he moved on to Alaska. He had various jobs which took him to different parts of the state. He was supervisor for plant and field in Kenai, worked at the Swanson River facility in Soldotna, and held many positions at Prudhoe Bay, just to name a few. One of the challenges he enjoyed was hauling pipe for the Alaskan Pipeline.

While living in Soldotna, he met and married Ruby Mae Jordan on Dec. 23, 1976, and for the first time was truly happy.

In 1995, he and his family moved to Pagosa Springs, where he worked and lived until his death on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., due to complications following open heart surgery for the replacement of his mitral valve.

He was a hard worker all his life and being a good provider was very important to him.

Donations for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers can be made at Citizens Bank to the Art Thompson Memorial Fund.

A memorial service will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010.

In our hearts forever. Until we meet again.