Thompson, David R.

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April 9, 1938 - October 13, 2017

Thompson, David R.

David Ray Thompson, 79, a longtime resident of Irving, Texas passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Coppell, Texas after a battle with Parkinson’s.


He was born on April 9, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Arboline Dill Thompson and Leon Thompson. He spent many years of his happy childhood in Paris, TX, and later moved to Lake Charles, LA.  This is where he met his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Cormier, and they were married on November 21, 1956.  David and Mary Ann both worked at banks in Lake Charles as newlyweds.  He later worked for Santa Fe Railroad Construction in their planning/development area and moved to Amarillo, Texas where his two children were born. While at Santa Fe, he lived in Mississippi, North Carolina and then later settled in Irving, Texas in 1966.  After several great years with Santa Fe, he began a successful career at GTE/Verizon as a planning engineer from which he retired after 36 years.


David was more than just an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, son and friend . David was a Christian man who served God in his actions and talents. He was friend that rolled up his sleeves or opened his wallet when help was needed. He was a mentor to all that knew him, as his knowledge and capabilities were widespread. He was optimistic, fun, smart, playful, loyal, patient, loving and always had a smile for everyone he met. David was active as a club water skier, black belt in karate, a licensed pilot, and certainly the best jack of all trades. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do, or was afraid to learn.  He was a member of Riverside Church of Christ.


David is preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved son, Mark Randall Thompson.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Thompson; daughter, Sheron Baldwin and husband Harold; grandchildren, Laura Baldwin, Susan Saffel and husband Steven, Michael Baldwin and fiancée Katy Thompson; great granddaughter, Alexa Saffel; siblings, Francis Nations, Shirley Brehm, Joe Thompson and wife Doris, and Scott Thompson. 

Family will have a gathering to remember David on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Funeral service is on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Aria Funeral Home Chapel in Irving. Burial will follow in procession to Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061

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Pat Johnson

October 19, 2017 9:24AM

My thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God Bless you and comfort you.

Gary & Judy Brugh

October 18, 2017 9:07PM

Our hearts go out to you and the family. Pap was one of a kind for sure and we’re glad to have known him. Love you Always ❣️

Alicia and Fernando

October 18, 2017 8:32PM

You and your family are in our hearts and minds. Our condolences on the passing of your father.

Cindy Pierce

October 18, 2017 5:55PM

Dear Sheron and Family: I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. Your dad (and mom) were very kind during our grieving if Ryan. I'll always remember their support. Truly amazing people! Peace to you and yours during this time. Love, Cindy

Jane and Mike Berdan

October 18, 2017 4:48PM

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in thoughts and prayers.

Debby Gage

October 18, 2017 3:56PM

I’m so sorry. I’m praying you all will have comfort and sweet memories.

Henry and Carlie Penson

October 18, 2017 3:51PM

We are so sorry for the loss of Dave. He was a true person to all. He will be truly missed by so many. Know God is there. Love to all, Henry and Carlie Penson.

Delia Palavicini

October 18, 2017 2:34PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless David and the family and hold you in His tender care.