Donald James Thompson 1933 – 2021
He’s Sitting at the Feet of Jesus
With his spiritual eyes looking toward Heaven, Don made his triumphant journey home to glory on October 9, 2021, with his loving wife Eunice, holding his hand. Assuredly, the angels rejoiced at his arrival and many precious family members and friends who had gone on before him, were celebrating his homecoming on the blissful shore!
Donald James Thompson came into the world on July 15,1933, in Naicam, Saskatchewan, to the late James Howard Thompson and Thelma Marie Thompson (Eheler). When he was seven years old, Don and his family moved to Fruitvale, British Columbia. At the early age of 12 years, Don heard the beautiful sound of a Hawaiian steel guitar on the radio and he fell in love! It was most certainly the providence of God because Don became one of the best steel guitar players in the world of music. He was blessed to have a “perfect pitch” which means the ability to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. His amazing musical ability opened many doors over the years to play with other talented musicians and singers.
Don attended a family reunion held in July, over 60 years ago, at Grampa Russell Thompson’s farm in Walhalla, North Dakota. It was there in a bush arbor Church (built from trees stuck in the ground and brush covering the roof with open sides for air) that the “old, old story” was told. The most important decision of his life took place when Don decided to kneel down at a bench made from logs and give his heart to Jesus Christ. He treasured his spiritual birthday on July 31, every year.
He decided to attend the “Full Gospel Bible Institute” in Eston, Saskatchewan. This was all due to the encouragement from his friend, Andy Stann, who was going to the same Pentecostal Church in Trail, British Columbia. As a freshman, he met Hazel, who was a guest speaker and sister of Glenn McLean, founder of the Bible School. Don Thompson married the late Hazel Grace on June 19, 1965, and remained married until her death on July 31, 2006. Don was Assistant Pastor, at “North Seattle Community Chapel” while attending school to complete his Master’s Degree in Theology. Together, Don and Hazel served in the Lord’s work for many years in Tuscon, Arizona, Seattle, Washington, and Ministikiwan, Saskatchewan. From their union, they had two daughters, Donna Grace and Michelle Marie.
It was in 2000, when Don and Hazel were invited to minister at a jamboree in Willingdon, Alberta. Andy (Don’s friend from Trail, B.C.) and Eunice Stann, co-founders of the “Western Gospel Coffee House,” were hosting the gospel event. It was at this jamboree that Don and Eunice met for the first time. In 2006, due to a terminal illness, Don lost Hazel and Eunice lost Andy through a tragic car accident; both occurred within months of each other. Through their loss, God brought them together to start a new chapter.
Don Thompson married Eunice Stann on May 12, 2007. Their union joined together his two daughters, Donna Grace and Michelle Marie with her two daughters, Diane Barbara and Audrey Elaine. Together, they enjoyed eight years of ministry work at the “Gospel Coffee House” in the rural community of Willingdon, Alberta. He enjoyed playing his steel every Friday night along with the house band and other visiting musicians. When the “Gospel Coffee House” closed, their Friday nights were then spent at home listening to Christian programs. It was on the “Gaither Gospel Hour” that Don and Eunice heard the song, “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus” for the first time. It so touched his heart that he’d play it many times on his iPad- this anointed song brought tears of great joy and expectation to both of them. He was a great example of a man that followed Jesus and chose to live his life following biblical principles; Don’s character was that of a trustworthy, kind and upstanding, Christian man. Donald Thompson will live on in everyone that was blessed to know him; he will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by family and many cherished friends.
Don is predeceased by his parents, James Howard and Thelma Marie and two brothers, Clifford George and Wilfred Raymond. Don is survived by his wife Eunice, daughters Donna and Michelle (C.T.) and step-daughters Diane and Audrey (Michael). He is also survived by his sister, Betty Comeau (Peter). He is also survived by ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The personal decision Don made to accept Jesus in heart so many years ago, sealed his eternal place, “Sitting at the feet of Jesus”.
– Obituary written by Audrey Borody
Sitting at the Feet of Jesus
Oh, what words I hear him say!
Happy place, so near, so precious!
May it find me there each day
Sitting at the feet of Jesus
I would look upon the past
For his love has been so gracious
It has won my heart at last
Sitting at the feet of Jesus
Where can mortals be more blessed
There I lay my sins and sorrows
And when weary find sweet rest
Sitting at the feet of Jesus
There I love to weep and pray
While I from His fullness gather
Grace and comfort every day
Bless me, O my Savior, bless me
As I sit low at your feet
Oh, look down in love upon me
Let me see Thy face so sweet
Give me, Lord the mind of Jesus
Make me holy as He is
May I prove I’ve been with Jesus
Who is all my righteousness
He is all my righteousness.
– Song written by J Lincoln Hall
Don requested a cremation and because of the restrictions, a funeral service will not take place. A date in the future will be announced to celebrate his life.
We welcome your comments and thank you for them in advance.
May God bless you all.
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel
780 477 7500