Jacob S Pitzer Descendants and Ancestry

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  • ID: I4
  • Name: Myron J Thompson
  • Given Name: Myron J
  • Surname: Thompson
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 Jan 1919 in Downey, Bannock Co., ID
  • Death: 6 Sep 2001 in Forest Grove, Washington Co., OR
  • Burial: 11 Sep 2001 Prineville, Crook Co., OR
  • BLES: 4 May 1919 Bishop M A Thomas, Portneuf Stake
  • Event: BUC 10 Jan 1919 Downey, Bannock Co., ID
  • Event: Ordained Deacon 4 Jan 1931 James O Freeman, High Priest
  • Event: Ordained Teache 6 Feb 1934 Elder, John E Witkes?
  • _UID: 5300A5E793B64689A8D2ED2A3A97A5C8C651
  • Change Date: 7 Apr 2007 at 18:51
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  • FORM: JPG
  • FILE: M-V Thompson rev 3.JPG
  • Title: Mike and Verola Thompson
  • Note: On their wedding day
  • _DATE: May 13, 1939
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: JPG
  • FILE: Party time.JPG
  • Title: Summertime picnic in Idaho
  • _DATE: About 1940
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: JPG
  • FILE: Verola-Leon-Mike.JPG
  • Title: Verola, Leon & Mike
  • Note: Starting a family
  • _DATE: Fall of 1940
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: jpg
  • FILE: Myron [Mike] Thompson - CA logging.jpg
  • Title: Mike cutting timber in California
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: jpg
  • FILE: Mike by fence.jpg
  • Title: Mike
  • Note: Mike & Verola were living in Klamath Falls. He and Vandor were raising rabbits, selling the meat and the pelts. They had converted a chicken coop int a small house to live in
  • _DATE: Abt 1946
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: JPG
  • FILE: Leon - Myra Lee.JPG
  • Title: Adding to the family
  • _DATE: 1943
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: jpg
  • FILE: MyraLee-VerolaLaDeana-Leon 1945.jpg
  • Note: Hurry Dad - We were playing.
  • _DATE: 1945
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FORM: JPG
  • FILE: Myra - LaDeana - Leon.JPG
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FILE: 1955 [Abt] Mike and Verola Thompson.jpg
  • Title: Mike & Verola about 1955
  • Note: This was taken at the house in Prineville Heights , close t o Easter.
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FILE: Dad & police car 2.jpg
  • Title: Chief Thompson
  • _DATE: Abt 1960
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _PRIM: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
  • Note:
    Myron J Thompson

    • Mike loved his family and his work and respected the people that worked for him. In designing the Prineville jail he included the first sally-port built in Oregon for the secure transfer of prisoners from a police vehicle to the jail.

    • His memories of police work always reflected the humor he saw in his daily activities. One of the events he related periodically, laughing each time, involved a man that kept rattle snakes for making hat bands. It became necessary to remove the snakes from where they were being kept. W hile they were being transferred into a box, he and another officer were watching when a puppy came up behind the officer and nipped at his pant leg. Mike burst out laughing every time he told how the officer "jumped straight up two feet and landed about six feet away".

    • He loved his family tremendously and never failed to tell them all, individually and collectively, how much he loved them. He made friends easily and had a great sense of humor and loved to tease people. He revered his mother and a lways spoke very highly of her and the things he learned from her. He lived the essence of the teachings of Christ throughout his life as a result of her faith and the faith she inspired in him. Even though his hearing was nearly gone in his last few years his sense of humor never left him and he would joke or tease those around him including those that cared for him in the hospital and the nursing home after his last surgery. Serious illness had threatened his life on several occasions, but he treasured life and valiantly fought until the very end, not wanting to leave his family

    • He was interested and involved with the lives of his children and proud of them and all his grandchildren. Even as much love as he expressed consistently to each of his children they were all aware that first and foremost was the love he had for his wife Verola. They were married 62 years ago in May of 2001.

    • He also cared very much for the public that he served . Even the kids he took into custody have expressed fond memories of him and how well he treated them. One example o f this as told by his son occurred about the time his son was visiting Mike at the office during one of his infrequent leaves home from the army. Mike was on his way to arrest an individual on an outstanding warrant and asked Leon if he wanted to ride with him to make the arrest. On the wa y, Mike told Leon that this particular individual always required several officers to surround the house in order to cover all exits, then one or two officers would have to go in the house, wrestle the man to the ground and handcuff him, at which point this individual would suddenly become very docile and friendly. Leon recognized the individuals name as a classmate he had graduated with a couple of years earlier. Sure enough, The house was surrounded, Mike went into the house with another officer and wrestled the man to the ground then handcuffed him. On the way back to the station Leon and the now subdued fugitive were talking about how their lives were going. (It was pretty obvious at this point that one was doing a little better than the other! ) During the conversation Mike was still joking with the man even after having to arrest him. After all that had transpired during the arrest, this man still expressed his respect for Mike and said that Mike always treated him fairly and respectfully.

    • Mike had a quick wit and could see humor in almost any situation so always had a quip to fit the circumstances . It seemed he had an endless repertoire of sayings that he learned in his youth, and seldom used the same one twice.

    • He enjoyed raising farm animals and at various times raised cattle, goats, rabbits, pheasants and even guinea fowl, which he finally got rid of because of the racket they made when people came onto their property. He enjoyed having pictures around him of animals and nature. He practiced animal husbandry the way he learned it in Idaho when he was young, and used many of the remedies that would be considered ‘natural medicine' today. He enjoyed cooking and smoking meat and fish. His family loved the jerky he made but were never quite successful in getting him to tell them the secret of his success. A family favorite was the sourdough bread and especially the pancakes he made and served whenever they visited. One grandchild even stuffed her pockets with the leftover pancakes when she went out to play so she could eat them later.

    • He enjoyed watching National Geographic documentaries , comedies, rodeo competitions, and police shows. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing in the streams outside of town and could always catch something when no one else was even getting a nibble. He'd just walk down the river a ways and soon you'd see him pulling in one fish after another.

    • Everyone knew him as "Mike" or "Chief". He was alway s concerned about young people and overcame his own personal fear of public speaking in order to speak to teenagers about the dangers of using drugs. He developed the first educational program in Oregon for teenagers on the effects of using drugs, and presented it at schools throughout the Central Oregon area.. He was an active member of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police. When his Grandson Mark died after being struck by a car while riding his bike, Mike designed a three sided bicycle reflector that could be seen from a great distance and various angles. One of the reflectors is mounted at the site of Mark's grave near where Mike is buried..

    • He daily expressed his love for his wife Verola whom he loved and cherished. He often expressed his love for her to his children, setting an example in a world that sees such devotion less frequently these days. His spirit was gentle, kind, and loving.

    • Those who knew Mike, knew him as a man of great integrity and faith -- a husband, a father and grandfather, and a leader endowed with gentleness, respectfulness, and humor. These would be the traits that he would want people to remember about him.

    Myron [Mike] J Thompson passed away Thursday, September 6, 2001. He was buried September 11th, the day of the attacks on the New York Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the American Airline flying over Pennsylvania. He was 82 years old. He was born January 10, 191 9 in Downey, Idaho to John Edwin Thompson and Nancy Elvira Christensen. He married Verola Pitzer in Burley, Idaho i n 1939. The family moved to Prineville in 1955 where he worked for 23 years for the Prineville Police Department - nearly all of which of which he served as Chief of Police unti l his retirement in 1978.




    Father: John Edwin Thompson b: 21 Aug 1887 in Riverside, Bingham Co., UT
    Mother: Nancy Elvira Christensen b: 29 Jun 1890 in Hooper Weber Co., UT

    Marriage 1 Verola Mae Pitzer b: 17 Jan 1924 in Albion, Idaho
    • Married: 13 May 1939 in Burley, ID
    • Change Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Children
    1. Has Children Living Thompson
    2. Has Children Living Lee
    3. Has Children Living Thompson
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