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Surrounded by his family, Joe passed peacefully after surviving almost 12 years past a bone marrow transplant for Leukemia. Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. After a long career serving in LDS Church Welfare Services, he and his wife Marilyn served on a mission in Fresno, CA, then returned home to spend time with family. He spent his life serving the church for work as well in various church positions including counselor in the bishopric, stake young men’s organization, in scouting, Sunday School teacher, and a faithful home teacher.
Joe was born in Mesa, AZ as the 4th child of Cecil William and Barbara Western. His life began in Arizona where his mother had the benefit of her mother to deliver him at home and sunshine to warm herself from the cold of Monticello, UT. His older siblings are Barbara Anne Shreeve (Nick), Christine Martin, and William Western Thompson (Judy). Following his birth were younger siblings Francis Thompson, Cleova Williams (Orlando), and Tannis Griffin (Keith). At a few months old, the family was reunited in Monticello where the family home was built.
Joe grew up with a simple life on a wheat farm in Monticello. They had to make up their own fun; sometimes playing store, building a small wood airplane, and pretending to ice skate with cracks in the floor. When the farm did not work out for his father, they moved to Mesa, AZ. He enjoyed singing in Junior Sunday School. His youth was spent in Trekker (similar to Cub Scouts), Boy Scouts, and various church activities. He went on to serve 2 years in the Santiago, Chile mission. His ability to speak Spanish served him well for his entire life.
His lifetime love of working on cars began when he was 14 when he was given a car to fix up and help with his brother’s paper route and other odd jobs. If friends and family were asked where he could be found when not at work, it was usually in the garage or under a car.
Joe and Marilyn were married in the Los Angeles Temple on April 23rd, 1971 after dating for 3 months. Shortly after the marriage, he was discharged from the National Guard after about 6 years of service.
He worked for the Welfare Services in various capacities for 35 years representing a significant amount of time and effort in the service of others. His roles included Mesa Production Manager, Deseret Industries Manager, Mesa Bishop Storehouse Manager, Boise Cannery Manager, Cannery Field Representative, Headquarters Technical Manager for Storehouses and Home Storage Centers, and Quality Assurance Specialist. His various roles in the church took him all over the world to teach and help others in food preservation and humanitarian aid.
Joe is preceded in death by his father Cecil William Thompson and mother Barbara Western Thompson. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Lee Miller Thompson, children Joseph (Angela), Jared (Andrea), Lisa (Jeremy Elieson), Matthew (Jacy), Tanya Christensen (Nathan), and Aaron (Rachel), grandchildren Logan Thompson, Harlie Thompson, Ashlynn Green (Jason), Aubree Redmond (Derek), Jaden Thompson, Erin Elieson, Jerem Elieson, McKenna Thompson, Alyssa Thompson, Liam Thompson, Colin Christensen, Evan Christensen, Tycho Thompson, and Zane Thompson, and great-grandchildren Annika Green, Haven Green, and Archer Redmond.
All services will be held at the LDS South Jordan Stake Center at 2450 West 10400 South, South Jordan, UT. A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday October 5th and from 9:30 to 10:30 am with the funeral to follow starting at 11 am on Friday October 6th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


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Visitation

Thursday

5

Oct

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
South Jordan 1st Ward

2450 West 10400 South
South Jordan, UT 84095

Visitation

Friday

6

Oct

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
South Jordan 1st Ward

2450 West 10400 South
South Jordan, UT 84095

Service

Friday

6

Oct

11:00 AM
South Jordan 1st Ward

2450 West 10400 South
South Jordan, UT 84095

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South Jordan Cemetery

South Jordan, UT

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