Thompson, Joe Zack 12/27/1923 - 07/07/2013 Zack began his life journey in Dallas in the community of Cement City and completed it in Humble, TX. His parents were T.D. and Maggie Thompson. Zack is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helyn Chenowth Thompson; his son, Christopher Donald Thompson, of Humble; two grandsons, Matthew Thompson, Humble and Paul Thompson of LaMarque; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Thompson; a great grandson, Oliver Olds; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Thompson, presently Nashville, Tennessee. Susan is the widow of a son, Jay Zack Thompson, who passed away in 2000. Additionally, he is survived by three nephews, Terry Cunningham of Hurst, TX; Michael Cunningham of Garland, TX; and David Tulipane and a niece, Susan Mallinger of Grand Prairie, TX. He attended Cement City Elementary School and Dallas Technical High School. At Tech he was a three sport athlete lettering in baseball, track, and football. In football, he was twice named to the All City Teams. He attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship, and like to tell that he played on the same team as Tom Landry. At Texas he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. His athletic career was interrupted when he was called into the Naval Air Corps. He received his Wings of Gold in Pensacola, FL, where he served as an instructor until World War II ended. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1955 and flew with the Weekend Warriors, VF 703. Dallas Naval Air Station. After graduation from SMU, Zack coached football in Dallas for five years. He later earned a Master's Degree from East Texas State University. Next he began his career with Sun Oil Company. During employment with Sun he worked in offices of Midland, Tyler, and Dallas, TX. After retiring from Sun he became an independent petroleum landman. Eventually he worked for Delta Drilling Company in Tyler, TX and later as Gulf Coast Land Manager in Lafayette, LA. When that office closed he continued to do contract land work. He liked to say he took "early retirement" at age 79. Zack and Helyn were residents of the Emerald Bay Club, Bullard, TX, for 27 years. Zach loved to playing golf there and the camaraderie of his many friends. From Emerald Bay they moved to Montgomery, TX and finally to the Atascocita area of Humble, TX. At the time of his death Zack was a member of Atascocita United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the Willis United Methodist Church while living in Montgomery. No memorial service will be held. The Willis United Methodist Church, 200 N. Thomason, Willis, TX, 77378, has been chosen for anyone wishing to make a gift in memory of Zack.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 14, 2013