Don Thompson

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Don Thompson
February 6, 1925 - March 8, 2014
Don E. Thompson, 89, Pocatello, passed away, Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 at his home. He was born in Hagerman, Idaho on February 6, 1925 to Thomas and Mabel Thompson. Don was the fourth youngest of five children. He lived in Hagerman until he was 18 and then joined the Navy during World War II where he served on the Destroyer, U.S.S. COWELL during the Okinawa Campaign, and he was on one of two Destroyer's out of a fleet of 63 that was not hit by enemy fire.
After the war he returned to Idaho and worked as a Civil Engineer Aide surveying the Tetons. It was during this time he met his beloved wife Orlena Kunau in Ashton, Idaho. They were married on July 22, 1946 and had two sons, Tommy and Terry. In 1949 Don moved to Pocatello and was employed by Eddy's Bakery for 3 years. He then went to worked for Consolidated Freightways in 1952, where he continued his employment for 35 years until retirement. Don enjoyed gardening and always grew a large garden every year. He loved playing cards, especially pinochle, was an avid reader, especially western books. He enjoyed watching western and adventure movies, wrestling, and pro football. After his wife died he spent a lot of his time at the Senior Center, eating lunch and playing cards. Don was a wonderful husband and father and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bessie, Bulah, Lea, and Jean, his wife Orlena, and his son Tommy. He is survived by his son, Terry.
The family will receive friends Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon in the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 North 15th Ave., Pocatello.
Graveside services will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hagerman Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at


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Cornelison-Henderson Funeral Home
431 N 15Th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 232-0542
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Published in Idaho State Journal from Mar. 9 to Mar. 16, 2014
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