Marshall Wayland Thompson
July 14, 1936 – July 29, 2019
Thompson, Dr. Marshall Wayland –
A faithful man of God, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away from Lewy Body Dementia at N.W. Health and Wellness Adult Home on July 29, 2019. He was born to Wade and Kathryn Thompson in Dallas, Texas on July 14, 1936. Marshall grew up in Dallas. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1962, then moved to Spokane, WA where he fulfilled his internship at Deaconess Hospital. Following his internship, Marshall joined the Davenport Clinic family practice in Davenport, WA., serving the community and Lincoln Hospital in that capacity until 1986. Shortly thereafter he joined the staff at Sacred Heart Emergency Room retiring in 2011 after flunking his first retirement attempt in 2007! Marshall served as a chairman of the Davenport School Board, was an active member of the Presbyterian Church as Elder, Sunday School teacher, choir member and faithful servant. His creative spirit gave birth as co-founder with his, wife, Sharon, to Lighting Nugget Firestarters. Its beginnings rose in the family garage in 1978 with hopes of teaching their five sons about resourcefulness and responsibility. Marshall’s zest for life was contagious! He loved time with his family, hunting, fishing, his hound dogs, growing garlic, picking huckleberries, and morel mushrooming. He embraced the joy of country life, and treasured his local hunting and fishing buddies as well as friends from Zimbabwe and Namibia who afforded him many African adventures. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 50 years, sons Mark (Carol), Phillip (Carol), David (Kirsten) and stepsons Jay (Stephanie), Jeff (Linda), 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sister Rosann and numerous nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life will be held on August 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Davenport Presbyterian Church, Davenport, WA. The family extends much gratitude to N.W. Health and Wellness Adult Family Home, Kindred Hospice, Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church and Dementia Care Solutions for their tender love, care, and compassion in caring for Marshall. Memorial may be made to the Lincoln Hospital Foundation or an entity of your choice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Thompson family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, August 17, 2019
Marshall Wayland Thompson
Steven Meltzer, PA-C (retired)
August 16, 2019
I'm sorry I will not be able to attend Dr. Thompson's service tomorrow but wanted to extend my sympathies to his family and friends. I first met Drs. Thompson, Sebesta and McLain in 1979 when I took over the Wilbur Clinic and started the Coulee City Clinic. The Davenport Hospital and Clinic was a key resource for me and many of the patients I cared for through the first part of 1984. Dr. Thompson, in particular, was a great mentor and colleague who supported me during that time in many ways. We had some laughs about particular situations and I was always kind of awed by all the animal heads in his and Dr. Sebesta's offices. Gave me the willy's!!
The Davenport physicians also helped cover Odessa many times when they did not have a physician or needed extra support; Marshall, Don and Paul were an amazing group of physicians who served their community well for many years. Hope there are many people attending tomorrow who can tell their own stories of this wonderful doc. Sincere regards to all the family. SM
August 15, 2019
Dear Sharon and family, I remember with great fondness the friendship and wisdom Marshall shared as our family physician and the two of you extended to me growing up. I am a writer and a pastor because of the support of Davenport Pres. Church and you were a major part of it. I am so sorry for the journey Marshall traveled with dementia. I lead a support group in Newport (WA) for families whose loved ones have memory issues. We are doing the Alzheimer Walk in Sept. in Coeur d'Alene and I will be doing mine in honor of Marshall, a good and godly man. God bless, Becky Ottmar Anderson
August 14, 2019
When my father, Clarence E Coley, was dying Marshall was gracious enough to come and respectfully see him and defend dad's choices in dying. He showed that same humanity/humility and gentle approach to everyone I ever had the pleasure to observe him spending time with as an MD. He was also very gracious to me when I first became a nurse at Lincoln Hospital. He was a rock solid man of God and integrity; he will be deeply missed!! I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend time in his presence.
August 6, 2019
From Everyone at Lightning Nuggets.
Those of us who had the opportunity to work directly with Marshall are grateful and remember his dedication to hard work.
The entire staff is grateful for his and Sharon's resourcefulness, dedication, and creativity in launching Lightning Nuggets.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Marshall's family.
August 5, 2019
Marshall and I shared many good laughs while working several years together in the Emergency Department. He taught me many things including growing his secret garlic and seed dahlias. He would trap pesky raccoons for me . I didn’t want to know what he did with them! We would compare huckleberry spots . Marshall told me good picking is a quart an hour.
I will miss his smile and humor. I feel very fortunate to have known Marshall..