Daniel C. Thompson, 81, of Ventura, Cali., passed away on May 4, 2018.
Dan was born in Estelline on March 2, 1937 to Murel and Adelaide Leonard Thompson. He moved to Hot Springs in 1949 where he graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1955. During high school he worked at the Hot Springs Star.
Dan enlisted in the Navy in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1961. While in the Navy, he specialized in journalism. After being discharged he worked in the printing business and later began a life long career as a plumber/pipe fitter. He became a member of the Pipe Fitters Union Local 761 in 1974 and transferred to Local 250 in 1976. Dan retired in 1993 and came out of retirement in 1997. At that time Dan started his own business, Dan Thompson Plumbing. He retired for good in 2004.
Dan loved old cars and rebuilt a Model A Ford and was working on a 1940 Ford truck at the time of his death. Dan also loved to write.
Dan is survived by his wife Norma of thirty-six years; son Michael; daughters Lisa Pita, Karen Loomis, and Sheri Shepherd; sisters Shari Schuett and Carmen Edwards. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Mason Derrickson and daughter, Debra Parkin Becker.