John Roberton “Jack” Thomson, 76, of Baker City, died Sept. 11, 2009, at Idlewood Manor.
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His memorial service will be scheduled later.
Jack was born on April 1, 1933, at Oakland, Calif., to John Sr. and Constance McMannis Thomson. Jack attended Oakland High School, graduating in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Army Signal Corps as a corporal. Jack worked for Qwest as a lineman until his retirement in 1989.
Jack married JoAnne Anderson on Sept. 14, 1996, at Carson City, Nev.
Jack was an avid gun collector and loved riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Until he became ill, he loved going fishing every Tuesday with his buddies Don and Kurt, and loved playing guitar. He also enjoyed watching golf and football.
He was an active member in the AFL-CIO and Telco Pioneer Club.
He took in many car and motorcycle shows. He went to Las Vegas every year for the Professional Bull Riders finals. He was always up for a road trip, especially to Portland to see his daughter, Jacqueline, and to California to see family and grandkids. He spent his last 2? years at Idlewood Manor where he was well cared for and loved, family members said.
They also expressed appreciation to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice for the care Jack received.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne Thomson of Baker City; his daughter, Jacqueline, and her husband, Eric Stewart, of Portland; his brother, William Thomson, and his wife, Marlene of Thomaston, Ga.; stepson, Mitch Anderson and Renee Day and grandchildren, Amy Anderson and Maxwell Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or ASPCA through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon September 16, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor