Joseph Dale Thompson was born to Luther & Marjorie Thompson on May 24, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from St John’s Northwestern Military High School, Joe enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in Korea. He then went on to attend Montana State University, graduating with a degree in engineering. He continued his education, earning a Masters degree in Social Work.
Joe married Donna Rae Clausen on October 10, 1961. Three daughter followed: Joby Renne, Traci Dawn, and Beth DeAnn. The family lived throughout western Montana: in Helena, Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Hamilton, and Anaconda. They have beloved friends and memories from each of those locations.
Joe held numerous jobs throughout the years, but concluded his working career at Warm Springs State Hospital as a Psychiatric Social Worker. He volunteered his time extensively through the Anaconda PCA (now Family Resource Center) and the Anaconda Boys & Girls Club. He also served passionately as a Guardian ad Litem.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Beth who died of childhood leukemia in 1971, and his beloved partner and wife in 2003. He was welcomed him home on April 3. Joe is survived by daughters Joby (Jon) Morgan, Traci (Bruce) Vatne, grandchildren Erik (Bronte Neel) Vatne, Sarah Vatne, sister Diane Barton Thompson, nieces and nephews Pam (Dan) Anderson-Murphy, Steve (Teresa) Anderson, Brett (Shannon) Granlund, Dana Dickey.
Joe lived his live with a heart for service, a commitment to taking care of others, and with overwhelming love. He will be missed.
Services will be held Monday, April 8, at 11 am at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Washington, and Thursday, April 11, at 10 am at Hope Lutheran Church in Anaconda, Montana. Family interment following in Helena, Montana. In lieu of flowers send memorials to the Anaconda Family Resource Center.