JUNCTION — Albert Darwin Thompson, 81, passed away July 26, 2020, in St. George, surrounded by his wife and children. He was the youngest child of eight, born May 27, 1939, in Salina, to William Sidney and Thelda Lenore Halladay Thompson. He graduated from Piute High School in 1957, and attended college in Cedar City. He married JoAnn Davenport in 1961, and in 1963 they were sealed in the St. George temple. They were married for 59 years. They raised four children together, Shawn (Debbie) Thompson, Circleville; Lezley Allen, Junction; Troy (Kellie) Thompson, Grantsville; and Traci (Jaron) Carling, Moab. He has 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Darwin loved the outdoors; he loved to fish and hunt and reminisce about the “ones” that got away. He loved watching western movies, listening to the radio and driving around the valley making sure everything was as it should be. For many years he served the town of Junction from being mayor to the town’s go-to person. But most of all, he loved his family. Family was everything to him.
His youth was filled with riding horses, being out on the farm and being with his dog, Ring. In his adult years, he owned and operated a dairy farm for many years. He later became a truck driver, where he drove for 26 years and was known by many as “Doc” or “Dr. Dolittle.”
Darwin never met a stranger that did not leave as a friend. Darwin was the town greeter – anyone who came into Junction was welcomed by him.
He was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the scriptures and will be remembered for his kindness toward others. We will miss him, but are comforted to know he is with God and his family who went before him.
He is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; sister, Loana (Guy) Price; and sister-in-law, LaKay Holman.
He was preceded in death by son-in-law, Kenneth L. Allen; parents; sisters, Aleta (Buck) Tomlinson, Paulma (Marden) Pearson, Virginia (Lynn) Savage and Charmaine (Robert) Luke; and brothers, Don Thompson, Trevon Thompson and William G. Holman.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 31, at noon in the Junction Community Center, 180 West 500 North, where friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Junction Cemetery.
Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
Online guestbook at maglebymortuary.com.