Donald B. Thomson
December 2, 1926 - February 5, 2013
Donald B. Thomson passed away peacefully on Feb 5, 2013 while residing in Johnson County, Indiana, where he lived for 50 years. Don was born in 1926 in Chicago, IL. His father died at an early age. He helped support his family by working many jobs throughout his school years. Don attended Northwestern University majoring in Business, and became a member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Don was a life-long learner and spent most early mornings with coffee and technical books & magazines. He enlisted in the Navy and became a pilot. Don flew naval seaplanes for mission support during World War II. Later in life, he owned and flew a private plane for business and pleasure. After his military service, he began his civilian career in sales. He studied the trades; mastering plumbing, heating, construction, woodwork, metalwork, and mechanical drawing. Job opportunities in these areas took him from Chicago, IL to Laconia, NH and later to Indianapolis, IN. Don spent the majority of his working career as the Advertising Sales Representative with the Western Horseman Magazine. His love of Arabian horses and Boxer dogs inspired his building of 5T Ranch, west of Bargersville, IN. Don also established a dog kennel manufacturing business, which became an innovative leader in the industry. Don finished his working career as National Advertising Director for the American Legion Magazine. Upon his retirement, he created a wood shop, and built intricate projects for friends and family. Don loved to travel for business and pleasure and had visited places all over the world. We now celebrate all that Don was, and has left with us. Don was preceded in death in 2001 by his wife, Josephine Willard Thomson. Surviving are their children Stephen Thomson of Salt Lake City, UT; Scott Thomson of Hood River, OR; and Kandi Ann Thomson Carson of Avon, IN and nine grandchildren. Also surviving is his wife, Leah "Gerry" Fear Thomson of Franklin, IN; Step-children: Mark & Brenda Canary and Gary & L'Myrl Long, a step-granddaughter and a step-great granddaughter.