James "Jim" A. Thompson, 65, of Goldendale and a former longtime Sunnyside resident and businessman passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Jim was born July 25, 1945 in Richmond, W.V., the son of James O. and Lena (Hemmings) Thompson.

At an early age Jim with his family moved to Richland, where he received his education. At the age of 17, Jim enlisted and served in the U.S. Army. Following his military discharge, Jim returned to Richland, where he later married Marie Whitlock on Feb. 15, 1975. While living in Richland Jim began his career with the United Telephone Company retiring in 1993.

The Thompson family moved to Sunnyside, where they farmed asparagus, owned and operated J and M Janitorial Service, Sales Yard Café and Marie's Country Kitchen. They also owned and operated the Homestead Restaurant in Goldendale and currently own and operate Marie's Sod Buster in Goldendale.

Jim loved to fish, especially at Fish Trap Lake, car racing and a little gambling.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Thompson of Goldendale; one daughter, Sonya (Jeff) Anderson of Sunnyside; three grandchildren, Ashley Lynn Anderson, Jakob Jeffery Anderson and Darick James Anderson; three nephews, Corey Thompson, Shane Thompson and Troy Thompson; his sister-in-law, Diane Damron of Yakima; and canine companions, Rusty and Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jerry E. Thompson.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at 11a.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Jim's memory may contribute to Yakima Valley Humane Society.

Those wishing to sign Jim's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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