Cecil Delosa Thompson
May 20, 1926-June 19, 2001
PORTLAND Cecil D. Thompson died Tuesday, June 19, at Hopewell House Hospice in Portland at the age of 75.
He was born on May 20, 1926 in Lusk, Wyo., to Cecil M. and Velma Thompson. He attended many primary schools throughout the West before graduating from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, Wash., in 1944.
Mr. Thompson received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during World War II, serving in the Navy. He was stationed on a destroyer escort in the South Pacific, engaging in combat at Okinawa, Polau, and the battle at Iwo Jima.
After leaving the military in 1947, he returned to Hermiston and went on to attend Eastern Oregon State College, where he received his education degree in 1950. He taught elementary education in Hood River, Longview, Wash., and Salinas, Calif. In 1962, he earned a masters degree in public administration from San Jose State and became superintendent of schools in Gonzales, Calif., in 1975.
Mr. Thompson moved back to Hermiston in 1975 to go into private business as well as serve on the Hermiston School Board for several years. After retiring in 1990, he moved to Sun City, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife Gina Thompson of Sun City; sisters Nora Thomas of Vancouver, Wash., and Cindy Johnson of Greenville, N.C.; sons Jeff of Sacramento, Calif., Mark of Davis, Calif., Joe of Hermiston, and Gregg of Oregon City; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on June 23 in Portland.