(October 11, 2002)
Memorial services were conducted Monday, Oct. 14 in Byron for Michael D. Thompson, 61, who died at his Byron home Friday, Oct. 11 of an apparent heart attack.
He was born April 24, 1941, in Lovell to Deeward Ray and Myrtle (Durfee) Thompson. He was raised in Lovell and attended schools there.
He married Sherry Bauer of Powell on Oct. 14, 1961, in Powell. After short stays in Powell, Lovell and Dillon, Mont., they settled in Byron to raise their family.
He was a member of the Lovell National Guard unit from 1958 to 1963, earning an honorable discharge.
He was currently employed at the Western Sugar co-op in Lovell, a job he had held since 1986. He became a year-round employee in 1993.
Previously, he worked for Baker-Hughes in Powell for eight years, for Linton's Big R in Powell for seven years and for Georgia-Pacific in Lovell for six years.
Mr. Thompson was an avid hunter, fisherman and archer. He enjoyed nothing more than teaching someone the basics of archery, fishing, fly tying, hunting and reloading, especially his four sons and their friends and his grandchildren. He loved children and animals.
He decided to go live with his father for what he thought would be just a few months and ended up staying over four years until he had to put Dee in the nursing home.
Survivors include his wife Sherry; sons Ivan Thompson and wife Joan of West Bountiful, Utah, Clinton Thompson and wife Rita of North Salt Lake City, Utah, Riley Thompson and his fiancee Susan of Byron, and Kobe Thompson and his wife Holli of Lovell; three grandchildren, Austin, Cheylee and Ruger; three great-grandchildren, Mason, Madison and Mikel; his father-in-law, Ivan Elmo Bauer of Powell; a brother, Edwin Thompson and wife Teresa of Graham, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.