THOMPSON, Donald James

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

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Richard Dees

I have been so blessed to meet this very unique friend and very gifted guitar/ slide steel guitar player near the mid 2005 era. when Don and his wife Eunice, her daughter Audrey and grandson Nathan attended a few weeks of our church’s Alpha Bible Program at our Myrnam Community Church. Was surprised about his vast pastoral, musical and worship experience with fairly prominent gospel recording artists such as Tommy Hunter, who I met on occasion while working at 100 Huntley Street in the eighties. Don led a very fascinating, though disrupted Christian life and always enjoyed our intense conversations about theology and music. Always loved sharing over two hours of spontaneous old time worship at the Willingdon Gospel Coffeehouse. One of the highlights of our relationship was doing a fairly long road trip to Milk River about a decade ago, meeting his family there and doing music.
I know he agonized a lot over the past year and I’m very sorry he’s gone now. In all honesty, the more I ponder about my relationship with him I guess you could say I miss him more now than immediately after his passing. There is always far more to a life than just the temporal and superficial. I’m sure there is a wealth of things we could have learned from each other, but suffering steals so much of our capacity to know people better, Author G.K. Chesterton once said that when a soul dies, a whole universe dies along with them. Also I am reminded of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “Most everyone dies with the music still stuck inside them.” May we experience the fulfillment of Christ’s gifts that He has blessed us with as we worship before His Pure and Holy Throne.
Miss you dude in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Melody Michelle Regan

Soo sorry for your loss prayers and thoughts for mom, family and friends✨

Ruth Beck Nelson

I have great memories of playing the piano while he and Terry Kilborn played their guitars at FGBI. Indeed, he was a great guy! My condolences to the whole family.

Bill Anderson

Pam and I loved Don! He was a wonderful man of God! Well done thou good and faithful servant!

Alisa Daggett Lindberg

I’m so sorry, sending love and light to you and your family.

Hal Mitchell

Yes. Don was part of my life too. When he was still at Grace we used to have coffee together regularly. He was so proud of the vintage Cadillac he bought one day he drove it over to my office to show me. Well he also wanted to add it to the auto insurance that he had already bought through my insurance agency. He also comforted me when my first wife, Sylvia went to heaven at age 46. Don Thompson, a great Christian example.

Judith Brown Shaw

Don was indeed a very special person. He was such a good friend to Elgin ever since their Bible School days. I can imagine they are having a great reunion in heaven now. May the Lord bring your family comfort and strength in this time of loss.

Barbara Jacobson

Praying for your family. Also rejoicing that he is dancing in heaven. I was probably around 4 when I remember seeing Don at a brush arbor church at my grandpa Russell Thompsons in North Dakota. I believe it was the night he gave his heart to Jesus. A very wonderful man and I know he is and will be greatly missed.

Marguerite Hearn Casteel

He is with Jesus and very alive. ❣️He will be missed here. A wonderful man whom I grew to love very much.

Jim Lapka

I got to know Don and his family, when I was a little kid in Fruitvale. A super family indeed. I can still hear the way his father prayed. In 1961, our family moved to Golden and years passed before we reconnected at Bible School, and even travelled together in ministry on weekends. Don and his brothers were musical, but Don’s expertise on the steel guitar never left my memory, and I always told people that he was the best person I knew, on the guitar. It was a personal privilege, honour and blessing to have this man and his family as part of my life. You see, it just wasn’t the skill of being able to play instruments; it was the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, that transformed the power of its effect to all who heard. Though he May be gone to us; he is now a welcome presence in heaven. A life well lived. Jim

Rick Crosby

I always remember how impressed I was that he could play the steel guitar! He was always kind and I loved hearing our parents laugh together…those were fun times!! Praying for the family!!

Ivan Brian Crookedneck

He was my teacher my wife and I and Also your late mom Hazel they were both grace to everyone they taught the word of God, We will never forget your mom and dad loved Ministikwan so graciously there’s a reason why. We know through God’s leading what Grace is all about God bless them both but we will see them soon in Jesus name and God bless you sister be strong in Jesus amen

Lenora Maureen Cole

I remember him as a kind and gentle man with a big smile on his face. He treated people with love and respect. My Dad and him were great friends. I’m glad he’s with Jesus but my heart hurts for you and your family. I pray for comfort and peace.

Orbed Orozco

So sorry for your loss. He was a great friend, we were on the church staff together and laughed all the time and played music.. I will miss him.. Praying your family. ❤️

Barb Kaziuk

Our condolences to your family. Don married us the week after he and Eunice wed. He was the only minister (we called him Wally’s guitar playing preacher friend) Wally ever spent any time with and for that I am very thankful. They also spent many hours playing guitars. I played piano once while the men were downstairs playing and your Mom and I were having tea. Your Dad knew instantly it was not your Mom playing.
We visited them and then your Dad & Eunice in Pierceland, then at the coffee house.He was such a nice man and will be missed by many.

Ruth Beck Nelson

I have great memories of playing the piano while he and Terry Kilborn played their guitars at FGBI. Indeed, he was a great guy! My condolence to the family. Blessings to you all.

Lisa McLean

He was a wonderful uncle and I will always remember his steel guitar playing and his lovely gentle spirit. My heart feels your sorrow for I know how it hurts. But we shall not sorrow for long for we know that this end is just a beginning. Love to you and your family.

Terri Crookedneck

Brother Don & Hazel left a legacy in Ministikwan. Their labor of love for God made Ministikwan a better community.
I loved learning the grace message Don taught. I didn’t realize how legalistic we were until he taught us grace.
Ivan & I are spreading the gospel of Grace.
God bless his wife Eunice & the children/ grandchildren/ great grandchildren.

Gaylene Alexander

Our deepest condolences to the family. Love Gaylene and Delphine

Kelly Mahan

We met Don and Hazel at Grace Chapel in Tucson, Az. in the 80’s…Hazel told such great stories to the Children’s Church service. Don and Hazel blessed the kids. I was the Children’s Pastor back then and Hazel told of her experiences as a missionary, Don told stores of ministering to the native people of Alaska…We loved his music!

Corrine Haskin

I’m so sad to hear your father passed. Your mom and dad were both great people. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Linda Northway

so sorry to hear about your wonderful Dad leaving us. Our family worked with him and Hazel for 10 years building a church in Green Valley and he was one of those rare people that you meet who are humble, sweet and genuine to their core. I am very grateful to have known him and worked with him. What a homecoming he will have! Love to you and Michelle.

Mabel Angus

Love n prayers to you n family..Papa Don was a very special man of God..very gentle n full of the love of Jesus..I’m sure he’s just a bubbling with joy being reunited with his Savior Jesus n those gone before him..tell mama Eunice she has a lot of people covering you all in prayer for God’s comfort in this great loss in all our lives ❤

Rod Kurtz

So enjoyed his amazing musicianship on the pedal steel guitar. And thankful to have had opportunities to minister with him! So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed!

Rick Crosby

Wow Donna Grace, you are so blessed to have had him for a Dad! I always remember how impressed I was that he could play the steel guitar! He was always kind and I loved hearing our parents laugh together…those were fun times!! Praying for you and your family!!

Cheryl Roblin

Thinking of all of you during this time. It brings me peace to know Uncle Don and my Dad passed away days apart and are now together. I’m sure they are either teasing each other or talking about steel guitars.
Love to all

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