James Thompson,76, of Baker City, OR died Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Ashley Manor. A Celebration of his life/reception will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022~1 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Baker City, OR.
Jim was born September 29, 1945 in Malta, MT where he was raised and educated. Prior to graduating high school, Jim enlisted into the Navy where he proudly served for 6 years specializing as an electronics technician.
After an honorable discharge, he lived in San Diego, CA and attended San Diego State University where he earned his degree. During this time, he worked as a professional bowler and was often featured on television competing in various bowling tournaments. Following College, he went to work for Xerox. Jim stayed in San Diego for 15 years. He then moved to Pendleton to be closer to his biological father whose health was failing. Jim was later transferred by Xerox to Baker City, OR.
Jim loved riding motorcycles and visiting with his friends at “The Bearded Dog”. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and the outdoors. He was an active member of the Lions Club and the Eagles.
Jim was surely a stubborn man, but he had a heart for dogs, especially his beloved “Coke”. Coke looked more like a brown bear than a chocolate lab, and was always at his side.
Jim and Coke’s final resting spot will be in Lewistown, MT in the Military Section of the City Cemetery where Jim will receive full Military Honors.
Jim was preceded in death by his father Lloyd Thompson; mother Dorothy Perry and step father Phil Perry; sister Donna Jennings.
He is survived by longtime partner of 18 years Linda Lang; step-mother Carrol Perry; sister Kay Ward; half-brothers Dave Thompson, Rod and Dan Perry.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Jim the family suggests Best Friends (animal shelter) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences can be at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com