Earl A. Thompson
Aug. 20, 1933 - Aug. 3, 2013
Resident of Livermore, CA
Earl Anthony Thompson, age 79, of Livermore, CA, passed away Saturday August 3rd, 2013 at Eden Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children, Earl Martin of Redmond, OR, Barbara Breen of Livermore, CA, and Susan Meyer of Brentwood, CA; his three granddaughters: Heather Breen, and Courtney and Lindsay Meyer; one brother, Thomas Thompson, and his wife, Joyce, of Grand Rapids, MI; and several nieces and nephews.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1933, Earl graduated from Central High School and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University
in East Lansing, Michigan. Earl served four years in the Navy, eventually moving to Livermore California with his wife and young family to take a job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked for 30 years.
Earl was an avid builder of model airplanes, a passion he developed when recovering from Polio in his youth. As an adult, Earl continued to build and fly model airplanes, competing in several national and international competitions sponsored by the Association of Model Aeronautics (AMA). He was also a founding member of the "Livermore Flying Electrons," a flying model club based in Livermore.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Martha Thompson of Grand Rapids, MI.
A small gathering for family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Livermore Flying Electrons."