Clarence Barton Thompson, 80, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 . Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church Arlington, 313 N. Center St. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Arlington Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Capital Campaign or Pipe Organ Fund. Barton was born April 23, 1933, in Dallas to the late C.R. and Sarah Thompson, moved to Arlington with his family, attended Southside and Arlington High School and graduated in the fabulous class of 1951. He then attended Arlington State College and North Texas State U. and was stationed in Alaska with the U.S. Army
during the Korean War
. He returned to Arlington and in 1959 met and married Lucy Hawes. They resided there for 53 years raising two children, Bart Jr. and Sarah. He was employed by Chance Vought and Wyandotte Chemicals then joined the Great Southwest Corporation where in 1961 he helped open Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington as group sales manager, a position he dearly loved. He left to pursue land development and construction ventures founding Coronado Properties and Thompson Construction with his father. He continued to be involved in the business with his son until his recent illness. A member of First United Methodist Church since 1939, he served on the Finance Board, Building and Grounds Committee, and always remained committed to raising funds for the church. In 1970 he was elected to the Arlington City Council, proudly serving citizens when the Texas Rangers arrived in 1972. He remained active in local politics for many years, was a past member of both the Arlington Rotary Club
and Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and crusade chairman for American Cancer Society. A recent endeavor was raising funds and building the Arlington Woman's Club after fire destroyed their former home. In 2011 he was recognized by the Arlington High School Alumni Assoc. as a Distinguished Colt. His greatest treasure was his family. They will miss his love, generosity, sense of humor, his larger-than-life personality, and his stories. He was preceded in death by father and mother, C.R. and Sarah Thompson; brothers, David and Donald Thompson. Survivors: Wife, Lucy; son, Bart Jr. and wife, Michelle; daughter, Sarah Logan and husband, Tim, of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Payton Logan, Elizabeth Thompson and Sydney Logan; brother, Nathan Thompson and wife, Sherry; numerous nieces and nephews; and lots of family and friends.