Martin A. (Marty) Thompson died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Lewiston, Idaho, due to heart failure. He was 82.
Marty was born Jan. 18, 1936, to Martin L. and Lenorah E. (Harbke) Thompson in Nezperce. He joined three sisters: Barbara, Genevieve, and Sarah Anne. Marty attended the Harbke School, Nezperce School, graduating from Nezperce High School in 1954. Marty then attended the University of Idaho for a short time before returning to the farm north of Nezperce upon the death of his father in the spring of 1955. Marty lived on the family farm for the rest of his life.
Marty married Barbara L. Johnson Oct. 15, 1960. Daughter Cynthia S. (Cindy) was born in 1961 and son Martin N. (Mart) followed in 1963.
Marty was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nezperce, serving in various council positions. He served on the Nezperce Rochdale board, was a past president and active member in the Cattle Association and served in various positions on other local agricultural boards and committees.
Marty enjoyed cows, horses, mules, and always had a couple dogs. He was actively involved in the farm up until the last three weeks of his life.
He was preceded in death by father Martin L. Thompson, mother Lenorah E. Thompson, and sisters Barbara Johnson, Genevieve Hill, and Sarah Anne Savage.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Thompson of Nezperce; daughter Cindy Thompson of Victoria, BC; son Mart Thompson (Kim) of Nezperce; grandchildren Colin, Erin, Raven, Jessica, Hanna, Ashley and Austin; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran in Nezperce. A gathering will be held immediately following at the Nezperce American Legion Hall.
Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Nezperce American Legion, or the Nezperce Ambulance.