Hunting 08

Richard "Rick" Paul Thompson

August 2, 1953 ~ November 7, 2021 (age 68)


Papa isn't a very patient person. He waited long enough. On November 7, 2021, he took Nana by the hand, again. It is easy to see now that it was never in the plans to have our Papa very long without our Nana. They were meant to be together, and together they are...Eternally.

Richard Paul Thompson was born August 2, 1953 to Howard and Lela Mae (Goff) Thompson in Lafayette, Indiana. He spent most of his younger years traveling with his family from state to state. His father's job as an ironworker, took them to many different places throughout the United States. It was in 1961 when they finally planted their feet in Utah. We are all very grateful that they did, otherwise, he would have never found our Nana. The story is said that Rick knew he had found his true love while out on a double date. By adjusting the rear-view mirror just right, he could see his friend's date perfectly. He told us that he took his date home that night and promptly picked up his forever love, Pam. The rest is history. After taking many rides down the halls of Orem High on his motorcycle, he graduated and married Pamela Jean Lamoreaux on August 12, 1971. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple on August 30, 1972.

He always said that Pam was much better at all the "Family stuff," but that wasn't true. Rick always showed love and support to each of their children; Jason (Brooke) Thompson, Emily (Craig) Campbell, Jeffrey (Penny) Thompson, Jenny (Travis) Harris, Amanda (Brandon) Gregory.

"Papa" means something different to each of his grandchildren; Kelsey, Jake, Landon, Kloe, Graycee, Saige, Rhlye, Kaydi, Gavin, Hayden, Adelynne, Bentley, Caprice, Declan, Zachary, Lexi, Braxton and his great grandchildren Ayda and Jaymeson. To some it meant having complete control over the remote, listening to stories that just cannot be true, or being with him on a special hunt. No matter what, a special memory comes with the term, "Papa."

Rick supported his family by working in the construction business. Owning his own drywall company put stress on his body, but provided well for his wife and family.

Rick shared his love of the outdoors with his children and grandchildren. Many fond memories are at "Goat Boy" camp on Monroe, Skyline Drive or in the Book Cliffs. There was always good food, good hunting and the best stories to be told. Too early, Rick was diagnosed with COPD, which put a damper on spending time outdoors and doing many of the things he loved. He lived through pictures and Marco Polos being sent from different destinations. After taking many precautions, Covid-19 still reached him.

We all find comfort knowing Nana, along with Rick's Father, Mother and Brother John, were waiting with open arms to welcome him home. Rick's two surviving siblings, James Thompson and Debbie Clendenon will miss him very much, but know they will meet again.

An evening viewing will be held Friday, November 12, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Papa will be buried next to Nana in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, 550 North 100 West, after the Graveside services Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2 p.m.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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November 12, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Olpin Family Mortuary
494 South 300 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Graveside Service
November 13, 2021

2:00 PM
Pleasant Grove City Cemetery
550 North 100 West
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

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