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Rusty, the first child of Wilburn "Lee" and Mary "Toni" Thompson, was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The family later moved to California.

He is survived by the love of his life, Linda Love; stepdaughter Cindy Love; father Wil Thompson; brother Daniel "Hughie" Thompson; twin sisters Misti Wilson and Christi Smoak (Greg); a number of nieces and nephews as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

After many years as a resident of San Juan Capistrano, he and his family relocated to Yuba City, CA.

Rusty was a valued member of the Caltrans family for over 25 years, 10 years as a Southern California Caltrans Assistant Land Surveyor, before accepting a position at the Marysville District 3 office as a Caltrans Transportation Engineer for the past 16 years.

As D'Arcy would say, according to many of his coworkers, Rusty was the life of the building. Never the quietest person, everyone knew when Rusty was around as he was never too shy to yell out "Wazz Up".

Rusty loved everyone, no one was too little or too big to get a slap on the back or a hardy growl/laugh. It didn't matter if you were a janitor or the District Director.

They also say, thanks to his love of candy, you had to always be on guard for the twelve year old boy trapped in a grizzly bear man's body, running crazy in the office like a little kid. To those who knew him, he will forever be the best gentle, giant bear you could ever hope to have in your life.

Somewhere, Rusty is full throttle, jumping his motorcycle through the air, while trying to reel in a giant salmon at the same time. This was his passion, as was his family, friends and coworkers.

Rusty, you will forever be missed, always loved and never be forgotten.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 13, 2016
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