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 Warren Thompson

Warren Thompson

Clarkston, Cache County, Utah, USA
Death 25 Jun 1995 (aged 74)
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot B, 125, 4
Memorial ID 51197 · View Source
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The Salt Lake Tribune
June 26, 1995
page C6

Warren Thompson, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died June 25, 1995, at his home after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.

Warren was born December 28, 1920, in Clarkston, Utah, the son of George Thompson and Esther Godfrey. Married to Ivagene Olson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on December 21, 1943.

Raised in Midvale, Utah, he graduated from Jordan High School in 1939, where he served as Student Body President. He attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1943 with highest academic honors. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the 671st Field Artillery Battalion, and served in Germany during World War II.

He returned to the University of Utah, where he earned a graduate certificate in Social Work and taught part-time. He then began his career in Vocational Rehabilitation. He was selected by the Governor of Colorado in 1959 to establish and head the State Department of Rehabilitation. In 1963, he created the State Department of Rehabilitation, serving under Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown. He next served as a Regional Commissioner for the Federal Department of Education.

He returned to Utah, where he served as Director of the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped from 1983-1986. He received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Service Awards in both Utah and Colorado. He served in a variety of leadership roles in numerous volunteer organizations, including President of the National Rehabilitation Association. He was known as the "Father of Modern Rehabilitation."

Warren was particularly devoted to his family, spending countless hours supporting, serving and delighting everyone he could. A gifted speaker and teacher, he served with distinction in many church callings.

He is survived by his wife, Ivagene; seven children, Marilyn Thompson, Palo Alto, Calif.; Paul (Cherie) Thompson, Sandy; Jan Thompson, Holladay; Julie Bradder, Denver, Colo.; Mark Thompson, Westwood, Calif.; Charlene (James) McCaffery, West Jordan; Brad Thompson, Denver, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; brother, Ralph (Grace) Thompson; sister, Donna (Clair) Workman; sister-in-law, Beth Thompson.

Preceded in death by a brother, Jay G. Thompson; sister, Ruby (Harold) Wright.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 28, 1995, at 11 a.m. in the South Cottonwood 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 1250 East 4800 South. Friends may call at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment, Midvale City Cemetery.

Warren will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 51197
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Warren Thompson (28 Dec 1920–25 Jun 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51197, citing Midvale City Cemetery, Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .