Obituary: THOMPSON, FRANK

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 8:18 a.m. MDT

Frank W. Thompson1931 ~ 2012Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Frank W. Thompson passed away on February 27, 2012 in Orem, Utah.Born on November 26, 1931 to Franklin F. and Eleanor Thompson in Rexburg, Idaho. He married Carolyn Rasmussen on July 11, 1952. Their marriage was later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.He is survived by his wife, Carolyn R. Thompson and their four children; Gay (Brad) Ferney of Idaho Falls, ID, Jill (Mike) Withers of Sugar City, ID, Franklin B. Thompson of Highland, UT and Kim (Michael) Spaulding of Mukilteo, WA. also eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.After graduating from Madison High School, Frank joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean War as a Gunners Mate aboard the U.S.S. Bayfield 33 and also time in the Philippine Islands. The four years he spent in the Navy took him to many far away places, such as Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, Iwo Jima, Hawaii and French Indo China. He gained a deep love for his heritage as an American Citizen and especially being from Idaho.Frank literally grew up in the sporting goods business. His father, the late Frank F. Thompson started the business in 1931, the year he was born. As a child he worked at the store after school and on weekends helping his Dad sharpen lawnmowers and setting up bikes. They sold general sporting goods along with guns, fishing tackle, Schwinn bicycles and lawnmowers. They were also the only locksmith in town. Later they started putting gas engines on lawnmowers and in 1949 sold over 100 "whizzer" engines that were installed on bicycles. At the age of 24 his father passed away and left him to take over the business.In 1960 he decided to get involved with Honda motorcycles and later Yamaha in 1965. He and Carolyn won several trips to Japan where they met Mr. Honda, himself. Frank loved the out of doors and was one of the first in the area to ride into "Old Faithful" in the winter on a new machine called a snowmobile. For 37 years Frank sold things that people used to have fun.He was a member of the LDS Church. His most memorable service in the church was serving at Ricks College in two different bishoprics and as Bishop of the 23rd Ward. In 1986, he served a mission with his wife Carolyn in the Auckland, New Zealand Mission.Frank and Carolyn spent their winters in St. George, UT then later settling in American Fork, UT to be near family. They loved their new home and LDS Ward.Frank was preceded in death by his parents, brother and a grandsonFuneral services will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Fork 19th Ward Chapel, 1305 North 100 East, American Fork. Family and friends may call on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment, Highland City Cemetery. Funeral Directors - Warenski Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.warenski.com