David Arnold Thompson, 50, of Penn Valley died Saturday, Oct. 5, at his home after a three-year battle with military service-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He gathered his family and friends together before his death for a celebration and thanksgiving of life as a memorial.
Mr. Thompson was born in San Andreas to Leslie and Ruth Thompson and lived in many parts of Northern California as a child. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an in-flight refueler, stationed in Thailand and flying missions over Vietnam. He married Jane in Capitola on Oct. 17, 1982.
He was a licensed electrical contractor in California and Idaho. In Santa Cruz county, he operated a home renovation and repair business. His business, Triple “T” Electric, served customers in Nevada, El Dorado, Sutter, Yuba and Sacramento counties.
He was an accomplished horseman who participated in team penning, parades, horse camping, trail riding, carriage and cart driving and anything else related to horses. He was a board member of the Clements Buckaroos, which is host to an annual rodeo in Clements. He was a member of the Nevada Carriage Club, Calaveras Country Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jane Thompson of Penn Valley; daughter, Rachael Pino of Grass Valley; granddaughter, Jacquelyn of Grass Valley; sisters Patricia Carter of Marysville, Judy Hohman of Olivehurst, Sharon Cook of Santa Monica and Jackie Farley of Bellevue, Neb.; brothers Gary Thompson of New Plymouth, Idaho, and Steven Thompson of Oroville; father, Leslie Thompson of Yountville; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Thompson.
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