Donald "Don" Thorson, age 53 of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, formerly Ponca City, died July 13, 2013, while on vacation in Medford, Oregon.
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Donald D. Thorson was born April 29, 1960 in Quinn, SD. He grew up on a ranch northwest of Philip, SD. He attended Alfalfa Valley Rural School before going to Philip High School where he graduated in 1978. He attended SDSU and earned an Associate's Degree in December 1980. He went to work for Scotchman Industries and was there until 1989 when he went to Canyon, TX and attended West Texas A&M University.. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in computer engineering in 1991.
Don went to work for Conoco in Ponca City, OK. When Phillips 66 and Conoco merged he spent two years traveling the world merging the computer systems of both companies. Once his job was complete, he was transferred to Bartlesville, OK, where he has since resided.
Even though he moved several different times throughout his career his heart always stayed in Philip. He regularly visited Philip, at least twice a year, catching up with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, and playing cards. One of his highlights was traveling to Norway and finding where his great-grandparents were born.
Survivors include his mother JoAnn Thorson of Philip; five siblings Laurie Dale of Amarillo, Texas, Linda Thorson of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Rick Thorson and his wife Selma of Philip, Doug Thorson and his wife Nancy of Quinn; and Rhonda Thorson of St. Paul, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his father Lauren Thorson in 2005 and brother-in-law Mike Dale in 2006.
Visitation will be held 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the United Church in Philip.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip, South Dakota
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com
Rush Funeral Home
165 E Hwy 14
Philip, SD 57567
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 18 to Aug. 17, 2013