Thompson served as a council member for over four years beginning in 1984 to 1985 and returned in 1988 to 1989 and then again in 2002 to 2003.
Thompson came to Winslow in 1973. Shortly after moving here he began working at the Desert Sun Motel, which he ran and operated. From there, he had several jobs and owned several business.
He was a salesman at Joseph Joe’s Big Indian Jewelry, owned and operated Crazy Bear Indian Jewelry, owned and operated Big Top Restaurant, owned and operated Downtown Paint and Furniture store, was a dispatcher for Transcon, was manager for the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and was a radio disc jockey for KINO 1230 AM Radio.
In addition, he served on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2000.
Mayor Jim Boles shared a few kind words in memory of Thompson:
“Winslow lost a friend, as well as a part of its colorful flavor, with the passing of our kind friend “Tommy T” Thompson. We have also lost a kind of guy you don’t replace, you just select someone to sit in his seat.
“Tommy T” as everyone knew him probably was the best know individual in the county because of the many hats he wore over the years. He was the kind of guy you didn’t always agree with, but was a guy who you couldn’t consider an enemy.
Those of us who were lucky to have known him were blessed and are saddened to lose the privilege of his company.
In honor of “Tommy T,” the city flags were flown at half-staff until his funeral.
In closing, I would like to say “good bye” to “Tommy T.” I personally will miss our chit chats over a cup of coffee, which by the way was your turn to buy.”
Thompson’s daughter Lori Carter shared a few personal memories of her father:
“My dad loved to take my mother fishing. He also enjoyed wood working, spending time on his computer, as well as repairing computers for his family and friends, taking pictures and filming community events.”
“After my dad had passed, quite a few people came over and said he had a quick wit, as well as being someone people loved and at the same time hated after listening to his ideas; but, most of all, people said he was a person who stood for what he believed in even when unpopular.”
City Councilman Tom McCauley said Thompson was a guy who loved his community and would truly be missed.
Thompson left behind his wife of 48 years, Sandra; his son, Kevin Thompson of Pasadena, Texas; two daughters Debra Crane of Cascada, Col., Lori Carter of Winslow; two brothers, Kenneth Thompson of Roswell, New Mexico and Dennis Thompson of Mesa; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.