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Thomas James (Tom) Thompson

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Thomas James (Tom) Thompson

West Des Moines

After touching the lives of many around him, Tom left this world peacefully on July 4, 2013. A Celebration of Tom's life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Church of Hope with a private burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Born July 26, 1960 to Thomas and Rose Thompson, Tom grew up in Des Moines, IA. He attended Christ the King School and graduated from Dowling High School in 1979. He was a part of the 1979 Dowling boys' basketball team that won the state championship. Tom graduated from the University of Iowa in 1984 and became a lifelong Hawkeye fan.

Tom followed his passion for sales and became an amazing salesman, starting his own sales agency in 1993. He loved traveling his territory, making sales, and building great relationships with his customers and friends.

Tom married the love of his life, Lesly, in October 1988. Tom and Lesly were blessed with four beautiful daughters: Allison, Tara, Brenna, and Tessa. He loved taking care of his "girls!" which was only magnified by the arrival of his beautiful granddaughter, Olivia, one year ago.

Tom was so passionate about life and his faith. His positive outlook was an inspiration to all who knew him and loved him.

He is survived by his mother, Rose; his sisters, Mary Thompson and Tammy (Robert) Andrada; wife, Lesly; daughters, Allison, Tara, Brenna, and Tessa; granddaughter, Olivia; son-in-law, Rafael Luna; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, and grandson, Rafael Luna III.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Christ the King Catholic Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Jude Cancer Hospital.

We want to thank all family and friends for the loving support we have been given throughout this very tough road. Tom was a great son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is one of a kind and can never be replaced in our hearts. Thankfully we get to hold onto the promise that "In Christ there are no goodbyes"!

Online condolences will be welcomed at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com.

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Published in Des Moines Register from July 6 to July 8, 2013
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