Janet (Jan) Carolyn Thompson, of Mount Hood, Ore., passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, surrounded by her family. Jan was born March 15, 1935, in Burlington, Iowa, and grew up in Oquawka, Ill. She was the only child of Eva and Ronald Dillon. She graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., with a degree in physical education.
While attending college she met her husband, Jim. Jan and Jim were married in 1960 in Monmouth. She received her master’s degree in school administration from Portland State University.
Jan and Jim moved to the upper Hood River valley over 17 years ago and built a log home facing Mount Hood. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. She loved to sit on the deck and look at Mount Hood and the beautiful sunsets. She enjoyed working in her yard and flowers and for many years had a large vegetable garden.
Jan enjoyed staying active and exercising with friends. Before she had both knees replaced, she enjoyed downhill skiing for many years.
Jan loved her family, including her grandchildren, and was always ready to share stories of their successes. She enjoyed sewing for all of her children and grandchildren and provided outfits for them for special occasions. She also was an avid Portland Trail Blazer fan and could tell you everything about current and past players!
Jan was a lifelong educator; she taught school for over 50 years in Pennsylvania, California, Idaho, and Oregon. Jan was primarily a PE teacher, but also a drug and alcohol administrator. In Idaho, she coached the Tigerettes Drill Team and was so very proud when they performed at the Calgary Stampede. In California, she was co-athletic director and department chair for girls PE at Prospect High School, where she coached volleyball, softball and gymnastics. She taught at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton, Ore., for 15 years where she was a PE teacher and administered the drug and alcohol program. In Hood River, she was a regular substitute teacher up until the past two years at Hood River Valley High School, Wy’east and Hood River Middle schools and Parkdale Elementary. She loved being with the kids and meeting them around town.
Jan is survived by her husband, James Thompson (Jim); daughter Wendy Gray and her husband, Randy, and children Lauren and Sean; Ron Thompson and his wife, Susan, and son Braden and his wife Jalyn; and son Kevin Thompson. Jan also loved her Pomeranians: Scooter, Echo, Ozzie and Candy.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents, numerous aunts and uncles, her daughter-in-law Sherry Thompson, and granddaughter Kendra Thompson.
A celebration of Jan’s life will be hosted at the Thompsons’ home at 5950 Lauren Road in Mount Hood, Thursday, Aug. 6, from 2-5 p.m. The family requests no flowers, but donations may be made in her name to the Hood River County Education Foundation to establish a music scholarship in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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