David ThomsonJanuary 17, 1917 – August 26, 2004
David Thomson died at home in Marble on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004.He was born Jan. 17, 1917, at home in Glen Ridge, N.J., the son of John Edgar Thomson and Julia Hotchkiss Thomson.There will be a service at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the Marble Community Church.He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Shirley; a son, John, and wife Gail of Johnstown; daughters Janet and husband Ken Switzer of Boulder, JoAnn and Dave Funk of Martinez, Calif.; grandchildren Alan and wife Carrie Switzer of Englewood; Amy and husband Brian Matthews of St. Paul, Minn., Deanna and husband Eric Butler of Thornton, Debbi and husband Tim Geren of Fredricksburg, Texas, Jason Funk of California, Joshua Funk of Wichita, Kan., and Zachary Funk and Alex Funk of California; great-grandchildren Tobey Switzer, Jessica Butler, Allison Butler, Meredith Butler, Lydia Butler, Tristen Geren and Taylor Geren; a brother, Jack, and his wife, Eleanor, of Red Bank, N.J.; a sister, Delight Sand of Lincoln City, Ore.; and nieces Judy Thomson, Nancy Raymond and Marcia Bischoff.Dave was a professional Boy Scouter for 24 years, serving in Kansas, Iowa and Colorado. He was a volunteer in Scouting for of 75 years. During World War II, he was an aircraft engine instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a licensed aircraft mechanic for TWA and Pan American Airlines in Lima, Peru. He was an instructor at three colleges and was a substitute teacher in the area’s public schools for eight years after retiring from professional Scouting. He is a graduate of Colorado State Teachers College of Education.He enjoyed his many years as a Boy Scout as a boy, a volunteer leader and a professional. He attended the first Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington, D.C., in 1937 and was an Eagle Scout and a Silver Beaver recipient. He was recently honored as a 50-year member of the Englewood Masonic Lodge. His other big interest for the past 30 years has been his church, the Marble Community Church.In lieu of flowers, donate gifts to the Marble Community Church, 188 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623, or the Western Colorado Council of BSA, 839 Grand Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501.
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