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James Thompson Obituary
"He reached his light at the end of the tunnel." James E. Thompson aka Jim, or Tom joined his heavenly family on May 7th, 2014. He has fought a great battle with his genetic kidney ailments and died in his home in Lyons. He was born on November 18, 1936 in Idalia, Colorado to James Elmo Thompson and Gleva Ray Cain Thompson and he grew up in Longmont, attending schools in the Longmont area. He began his tunneling career at Blue River Constructors in Dillon, Colorado to build the 23 mile water diversion tunnel bringing water from the western slope through the East Portal at Grant Colorado and the Montezuma Shaft. He was a brakeman, motorman and quickly learned to operate the muck machine at the young age of 19 years. The contractor played ping pong with Jim and Local 9 Operating Engineers in Denver, sending Jim to Dillon three times before Blue River Constructors allowed him to work. The Chief Engineer of the Denver Water Board was called by Sunny Hallon with the workers Compensation Board for the State of Colorado saying, "Jim is covered by insurance and he will be working tomorrow morning." That was the beginning of Jim's tunneling and construction career. He worked at Climax Molybdenum, Boyles Brothers Mining as a brakeman; Dillon Dam construction for Potasnick operating a scraper where he got a broken ankle and cuts on his head from a ruptured brake line; Carbondale on the Rudi Dam and the Rifle Gap Dam; Cimmeron on the Morrow Point Dam on the Black Canyon Water Project, grouting the seams on the front of the dam; in Durango on the diversion tunnel for A.S. Horner with some of his working buddies from the Blue River project; the Eisenhower Tunnel for highway traffic to the mountains of the Western slope and ski areas in Aspen, Vail and Copper Mountain; the Chatfield Dam and many other projects throughout Colorado and into California and Arizona. Jim's working career ended with an injury to his left leg caused by a derailed train segment car crushing his knee between the couplers. He was working on the construction of the Red Line Subway in Hollywood. Jim and Darlene left California, returning "home" to Colorado and he took disability retirement in 1993. James was a 52 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 9 in Denver, Colorado. James is survived by wife, Darlene Trevarton Thompson, the love of his life for 60 years this next June. They raised five wonderful children, Leona, James, Willard, Lorne and Wendy. The respective spouses: Robert Forsberg, Suzanne Thompson, Letitia Thompson, Julie Thompson and Travis Todd brought much joy to Jim's family. They shared thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jim is also survived by sisters, Wilma Thompson, Betty Skrbina, many nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, James Elmo and Gleva Thompson; stepmother, Florence C. Thompson; grandparents James E. Thompson, Sr. and Daisy Grace Thompson; brother Donald Thompson, sister Virgina Thompson Fick, one son, Lorne Ray Thompson and his beloved in-laws, Willard and Leona Trevarton. Jim enjoyed volunteering for his community as a Town of Lyons Board member; Lyons Planning Commission Board and Lyons Parks and Recreation Board; Sunday School Teacher; a deacon of the United Methodist Church in Carbondale, Colorado; an assistant Scout Master; a past member of the Blue Lodge, AM&FM Masonic Lodge of Carbondale and he was an avid fan of his kids' and wife's athletic sports, his grandchildren's football, baseball, hockey and dance teams. Jim enjoyed working with son-in-law Robert Forsberg and family in Baseline Construction. One of his most rewarding endeavors was owning, operating and teaching his family in their family excavating business, Seven T's Construction Inc. in Lyons. He loved to square dance and a secret dream he had was to become a square dance caller, like the late Otto Walter of Allenspark. Darlene, says, "life was never boring with Mr. Thompson! We had many adventures and we played cards, every day.. sometimes several times a day!" A service honoring the life of James Thompson will be conducted by Rev. Sam Talent at 4 pm on Sunday, May 11th at the Lionscrest Manor on 603 Indian Lookout Road in Lyons. Fellowship and supper will follow. Burial will be held at 10 am on Monday, May 12th at the Lyons Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Chick Clark Foundation which supports a learning experience for young anglers that Jim enjoyed as a young lad. The funds may be sent to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street, Longmont CO. 80501. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.

Published in TimesCall.com on May 10, 2014
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