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Earnest S. “Tom” Thompson

May 17, 1932 — January 8, 2023

Earnest S. “Tom” Thompson, 90, passed away peacefully at home with his family on the morning of January 8, 2023 in Murrieta, California. Born May 17, 1932 in Barbourville, Kentucky, the son of Austin and Dovie Thompson.

Preceded in death by his loving wife Priscilla (Dennison) in 2014, whom he sorely missed.

Earnest possessed a great love for family and friends, whom he cherished. He is survived by their sons, Earnest F. Thompson and wife, Anita, Michael S. Thompson and wife, Lisa, Earnest Matthew Thompson and wife Mendy; their daughters, Janet Hope, Terri Robinson, Elizabeth “Lisa” Shaw, Earla Daigle and husband Ricky; Twelve grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Earnest is also survived by his sister Frances Jackson, and preceded by his siblings Hazel Norris, Baby Boy Thompson, and Tootsie Thompson.

At the young age of 17, Earnest enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Loring Air Force Base from 1951 through 1955. After Honorably finishing his enlistment, he moved from Washburn settling in Connor Twp Maine; He would continue at Loring for 36 years employed as a civilian for the 42nd Civil Engineering Squadron until 1987. It is in Maine where he and Pricilla would meet, marry, and raise their family. Together he and Priscilla lived a life of love, compassion and understanding. After Priscilla’s passing, Earnest relocated from Maine with his son to Murrieta CA.

A lifelong passion for learning and great conversation Earnest gathered many friends spanning multiple generations. He always had a deep passion for learning something new every day, teaching as well to those close to him along the way. He enjoyed dancing, listening to people, listening to music, family gatherings, anything outdoors, cooking, technology, and just hanging out having conversations telling stories into the early mornings with friends and family. His beaming smile would instantly illuminate a room; His words those to live by.  “WHO HAS MORE FUN THAN PEOPLE?” “MORE PEOPLE!”

Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

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