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B. Jack Thompson


06/23/1933 - 10/03/2014 Obituary
B. Jack Thompson Obituary
Billy Jack "BJ" Thompson was born to Jack and Beatrice Thompson in Cartersville, Oklahoma in June of 1933. He moved to Shafter with his parents and younger brother, John, in 1937. He met his future wife, Jimmie Witcher, while attending Shafter High School, where they both graduated in 1951. They married in 1953, and a few months later, Jack was sent to Germany where he proudly served our country in the Army during the Korean War conflict. Jimmie later joined him, and their oldest son, Doug, was born in Germany, followed by David and Tracy after returning to the states.
Jack was an entrepreneur. He ran Jack Thompson Trucking after the death of his father in 1967, started Shipper's Transit, and had a custom harvesting business. During his many years in the trucking industry, Jack was very active. He served as chairman of the Kern County Unit of the California Trucking Association as well as the state chairman for the Rate Committee of the CTA. He was also a member of the Kern County Sherriff's Mounted Posse and served as captain in the 1980's. During the last 20 years of his working career, Jack became a realtor and partner in Brokers of Bakersfield Realty, dealing primarily with ranches and farm property.
Jack loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and horseman. He was a member of the local Los Flojos Camp, which was part of the national horse-riding group, Rancheros Vistadores. Jack loved his Rancheros buddies and always looked forward to their semi-annual and annual week-long rides. He enjoyed many hours of riding his horse, team roping and penning, and gathering cattle on his son David's ranch.
Jack loved his God, and served as elder and deacon at The Congregational Bible Church of Shafter. His family, especially his grandchildren, were his pride and joy.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Jimmie; his sons Doug (Katie) of Bakersfield, David (Cindy) of Chiloquin, OR, daughter Tracy of Bakersfield, and brother John (Georgia) of Loma, CO. Jack also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11am at the Congregational Bible Church of Shafter. Graveside services will precede the memorial service at Shafter Memorial Park at 9:30 am. Visitation will be at Peters Funeral Home, Shafter on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 4-8pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Congregational Bible Church of Shafter.
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Peters Funeral Home - Shafter
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 8, 2014
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