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Doug Thompson

June 17,1952 – April 9, 2021


April 22, 2021

Doug Thompson obituary photo

Doug Thompson

Our world lost an entertaining, candid friend when Doug Thompson passed away on April 9, 2021, at his home in Pasco, Wash.

Born on June 17, 1952, Doug always spoke fondly of his childhood and felt fortunate to have been raised during simpler times in the small farming communities of Tekoa and Garfield, Wash. As a youth, he loved listening to radio personalities on Spokane stations, KHQ, KXLY, KNEW, and KJRB among many others. He would talk disc jockeys, artists and their music until someone got him on the subject of cars. He would then show you his hobby of the many model cars he assembled. When high school years came his interests changed to real cars. He was so proud of his classic Ford Falcon.

From an early age Doug had the ability to make friends with anyone. It's been said that Doug was fiercely loyal as a friend and could be brutally honest so you always knew where 'Tomps' stood on any issue. Many were entertained by his unique view of the world, especially fellow students and teachers at Garfield High School where he graduated in 1970.

Doug enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1973. He attended Green River Community College and later trained in the field of broadcasting in Los Angeles, Calif. Doug worked as a morning radio personality at 'Palouse Country' KZZL - KCLX in Colfax, Wash., KPRK in Livingston, Mont., and KONA in Tri-Cities, Wash. He worked in the trucking industry for many years, as an owner/operator and also as a truck dispatcher but broadcasting was his true passion. Doug was a fantastic storyteller and continued to make lifelong friends wherever he worked and lived, spanning the country from Washington, Indiana, California, Montana, Arizona and Alaska.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mildred Thompson and leaves behind many cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

A graveside service and social hour will be planned later this summer after Covid restrictions are lifted.


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