Theodore "Ted" Bailey Thompson passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 14th, 2012.
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He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 13, 1924 to Leonard and Ruth Thompson.
Shortly after his birth the family moved to Tacoma, Washington. Ted graduated from Lincoln High School and followed his brothers and friends into the Armed Forces and was stationed on the island of Saipan during WWII.
After his military service he attended the University of Washington and graduated in 1954 with a Civil Engineering degree.
He married his college sweetheart, Dorothy A. Thompson. After their marriage he accepted a position with the Army Corp of Engineers in Fairbanks, Alaska, and they packed up their car, two little Pomeranians, and traveled the Alcan Highway to Alaska.
They returned to Tacoma in 1955, and began their family. He continued his professional career as a civil engineer and over the next several decades he worked for Tacoma City Light, Washington State Parks, established his own land surveying firm, and retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Montesano, Washington.
He was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy and three brothers.
He is survived by his children, Sandi Speedy (Martin) of Mount Vernon, WA, Theodore "Todd" Thompson (Kimberly) of Tacoma, WA, Timothy Thompson of Burlington, WA; and three grandchildren, Bailey, Gabe, and Gracie.
The family would like to thank Jennifer Cook, Henrika, and the staff at Ashley Gardens for all of their help in caring for Ted.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 20, 2012