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Roy Daniel Thompson

July 3, 1934 December 13, 2012
Roy Daniel Thompson
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Thompson, Roy Daniel 'Dan', passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 78 years old. Dan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dolores “Dee”, as well as his two daughters and their husbands, Delaine and Ed Reiter of Lincoln, MA, and Danelle and Flint Cheney of Conifer, CO. Dan also leaves four dearly loved grandchildren: R. Maxwell and Harrison Reiter, and Laurel and Daniel Cheney. Additional survivors include two sisters, Katherine Inez Sanders of Idabel, OK and Nevada Severn of Tom, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, and a large set of friends. Dan was born on July 3, 1934 in Muldrow, Oklahoma, to Andrew Daniel and Ada (Fanning) Thompson. He grew up on a farm near Idabel, Oklahoma and graduated from Idabel High School in 1952. With the encouragement of various mentors in his early life, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science at Oklahoma State University (1956), and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University (1961). Most of Dan’s career was spent at the Denver Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a research physiologist. He spent many productive and fulfilling years working to improve the control of animal populations such as deer, field rats, nuisance birds and even vampire bats. He traveled the world during the course of his career, visiting such far-flung locales as Ecuador, Bangladesh and the former Soviet Union, where he was part of a fact-finding delegation in 1977 that was focused on pesticide problems in agriculture. At the time his retirement from civil service in 1994, Dan was the Section Chief of Supporting Sciences, overseeing a staff of 30 scientists and technicians. Throughout his life, Dan devoted much of his time to both family and faith. He and Dee were longtime members of Southern Gables Church in Lakewood. Dan greatly enjoyed serving the church in a wide variety of capacities, including several terms as an elder, many years as a Sunday School teacher, and as a leader and participant in multigenerational men’s ministries. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend, and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

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1:00 PM 12/27/2012 1:00:00 PM
Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church

4001 South Wadsworth Boulevard
Littleton, CO 80123

Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church
4001 South Wadsworth Boulevard Littleton 80123 CO
United States

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Golden Cemetery Final Resting Place

755 Ulysses Street
Golden, CO 80401

755 Ulysses Street Golden 80401 CO
United States

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