Walter Lee Thompson Jr., 61, resident of Bozeman, passed away at home on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born in Chula Vista, Calif. May 14, 1951.
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Walter attended Granite Hills High School and graduated in 1969. During the 1970s, Walt served in the Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, and a combat engineer, and Special Forces Reserve at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Following his time in the service, he worked for Pathway Bellows in El Cajon, Calif. He married Sharon Fridell and had two children. He devoted many years to the Dehesa Volunteer Fire Department as a captain in Dehesa, Calif.
He spent the last 17 years in Bozeman with the State of Montana Department of Transportation as an engineer technician. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NFL football, playing guitar and competing in pool tournaments as a league player for the Hub in Belgrade.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley Thompson of Bozeman; his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Joel Alicea-Thompson and three grandchildren, Elijah, Kyrie and Josiah of Bryant, Ark.; one brother, Bruce Thompson of Bozeman; two sisters, Elizabeth (Ralph) Giamanco of Bozeman, Wilma (Clayton) Vine of Wolf Point, Mont.; five nephews, three nieces and eight grand-nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Lee Thompson Sr.; and son, Walter Lee Thompson III.
A service will be held at Dokken-Nelson, Feb. 2, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Dr., Suite 6, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 20, 2013