James Dene

“Jim” Thompson

July 22, 1949-Dec. 8, 2001

KINGWOOD, Texas — James Dene “Jim” Thompson died Dec. 8, in Kingwood, Texas, at the age of 52 due to complications from a recent surgery.

He was born July 22, 1949, in Albany to James Claire “Tommy” and Crystal (Ross) Thompson. He attended Riverside Grade School and Memorial Middle School before graduating from Albany Union High School in 1967. He earned his bachelor’s degree in community service and public affairs from the University of Oregon in 1971.

He married Sherry Halligan in 1970. He was assistant city manager in The Dalles from 1971 to 1974, city manager of Boardman from 1974 to 1981 and city manager of Lebanon from 1981 to 1985. He then moved to Houston, Texas, and worked for several companies until 1999.

He married Regina “Gina” Grennan in 1994. Since 2000, he has been an entrepreneur and small business owner.

His passion was golf and he liked to play trivia and the card game “Pitch.” He was an avid sports fan, following the University of Oregon Ducks and regularly betting “two bits” and “four bits” with his mother on the outcome of the annual civil war game between the Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers.

He is survived by his wife, Regina “Gina” Thompson of Kingwood, Texas; son, Jason Thompson of Kingwood, Texas; stepson, Terry Whitney of Kingwood, Texas; daughter, Kim Thompson of Springfield; mother, Crystal Thompson of Albany; and sister, Jan Volz of Redmond.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Claire “Tommy” Thompson.

Services were held at Fisher Funeral Home Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, with Pastor Mark Peterson officiating. A private interment was held at Willamette Memorial Park in Albany.

Fisher Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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