Davis Madison “Dave, DM” Thompson II, 96, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Viewing was held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020 in the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel of Hansard Family with Celebration of Life Services at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at the Friona First Baptist Church with Pastor Brett Hoyle officiating. A family-only graveside service with Military Honors was held immediately following at the Friona Cemetery. Burial following by Hansard Family Funeral Home of Friona, Texas.
Dave was born in Plainview, Texas on July 23, 1924. He became well-known and was respected as a very knowledgeable farmer, serving in many leadership positions in many agricultural organizations throughout the Panhandle. His first job was working as a grocery delivery clerk during high school. In the summers, he worked on the family farm in Cotton Center, Texas. Dave was a wonderful musician and, while in the Plainview High School Band, he played every reed instrument and assisted the band director in teaching at the junior high school band. Dave also played in the Plainview High School Jazz Band. He earned a musical scholarship to Baylor University and, after the war, formed a “Champaign Music” style band known as the “Blue Jackets.” Dave played saxophone with the Clovis Community Band until he was 93 years old.
In his first year of college, Dave was called to serve in the Army during WWII. He served in the Battle of Bulge where he almost froze to death. He earned a Purple Heart for saving other’s lives.
After returning from the war, he returned to work on the family farm in Cotton Center and eventually went on to buying his own farm in Tulia, Texas. He moved from Tulia to Friona, Texas in 1961 where he married Vera Beth Thompson in 1962. They raised eight children, and, prior to her death, they served as band parents, Chieftain Booster Club members and senior class sponsors. Dave went on to become active in the Texas Sugar Beet Growers Association in Parmer County, Texas and sat on the Holly Sugar Board of Directors where he served as the research chair on their behalf. Dave farmed in several counties throughout the Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. He called ranching his hobby.
In 1996, Dave married Norma Coffey and they enjoyed traveling throughout the country to see their children and grandchildren. They also traveled in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. At age 72, Dave took up the sport of golf, and he was proud of making a hole-in-one at the Friona Golf Course.
Dave was active in the church his entire life, and he served as a deacon in the Baptist Churches in Cotton Center and Tulia where he sang in the church choir. He was also a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Friona. His Christian habits served as a great example for his children and others. Dave’s greatest legacy is the Christian faith he leaves his family.
Dave is survived by his wife, Norma; cousins, Marion Coker of Norman, Oklahoma and Marjorie “Pat” Ryan of Plainview, Texas; and children, Dinah Mae Thompson of Watsonville, California, Davis M. Thompson III (Jo Ann Lee) of Estacada, Oregon, James Glen Hodges (Mary) of Tulia, Texas, John Robert Hodges (Jean) of Castroville, Texas, Lonny Joe Coffey (Karen) of Mansfield, Texas, Marsha Eileen Cline of Los Lunas, New Mexico, Autry Craig Hodges (Vaughn Ann) of Burleson, Texas, Betty Jean “Jeanie” Thompson (Daniel Seider, Deceased) of Dallas, Texas and Terry Lee Thompson (Mary) of Carrollton, Texas.
He was “Grand Dave” to 22 grandchildren: Cary Thompson (Jennifer), Randy Thompson (Valerie), Tracy Thompson (Sandra), Jolie Rutledge (Nate), Brandon Thompson (Kelly), Tawny Thompson (Julia), Jeffrey Thompson (Klicia), Davis Thompson IV, Scheid Hodges (Devon), John J Hodges (Sarajane ), Francie Gust, Rhett Cline (Keri), Tara-Jill Cline-Smith (Anthony), Ashley Cline, Lauren Hodges (Cory Parker), Emily Hodges (Jeremy Motley), Travis Thompson (CJ), Angela Thompson, Micah Coffey (Robyn), Michelle (Wolf (Chris)), Leslie Smithwick (Phillip) and Brad Stapp (Amy); 50 great grandchildren: Gavin, Connor and Bailey Thompson; Shaleigh, Carsen and Henry Thompson; Silas, Micaella Zoey and Selah-Rose Thompson; Remi and Cassie Rutledge; Stephanie and Christopher Thompson; Seth, Connor and Madison Thompson; Hannah Lee, Bethany, Kayla and Jacob Hodges and Annah Kreiner; Joshua and Brett Hodges; Kordell (Thayane), Jared (Ella), Meagan and Mathias Thompson; Brittney Maloy (Dustin); Ciarra and Davis Thompson V; Lindsey Whittaker (Cody); Tawnee Hall (Deceased), Alison Steele (Tyler), Kaili Nichols, Kelsie, Coy and Raegan Cline; Jameson Parker; Callan Coffey; Lainey and Allie Wolf; Haley, Brooklyn, Hannah, Peyton and Joshua Smithwick; and Jordan Stapp; and seven great-great-grandchildren: Riker and Oliver Maloy Theodore Thompson; Little John Hall III; Brooklyn Gage; Brody and Ryder Nichols; and Brinley Smithwick. Dave also had numerous nieces and nephews and was a father figure to many, especially Janaline (Hank) Taylor, Walter (Vickie) Buenger Jr., Quinnell (Steve)Thornburg and Nick (Andrea) Redinger.
He was preceded in death by his father, Davis Madison Thompson I; his mother, Ethel May; his older brother, Lewis (Alice) Thompson; sisters, Vernie (Mac) McCaskill, Aileen Redinger and Janice (Walter) Buenger; daughter, Carole Stapp; cousins, Davine (Jack) Sageser and Sharon (Bob)Thomas; his first wife, Betty Louise Cirillo; his second wife, Vera Beth Thompson; and Vera Beth Thompson; and sisters-in-law, Peggy Dodson of Waco, Texas, Jo Ann Lee of Cedar Park, Texas and JoAnn Gordini of Norman, Oklahoma.
Pall bearers included Terry Thompson, Craig Hodges, Brandon Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Rhett Cline and Ashley Cline.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church of Friona or Prairie Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing, 201 E. 15th St., Friona, Texas 79035, or an alternate organization of your choice.
To give memorials in honor of Dave Thompson to First Baptist Church Friona, send checks made out to “First Baptist Church Friona” to 404 W 5th St., Friona, Texas 79035. Please put “Memorial for Dave Thompson” in the memo. To give online, visit fbcfriona.com and select the “Online Giving” page followed by “Memorials.”
In addition to the Memorial Book at Hansard Family Funeral Home, a private, family printable and downloadable social media site has been created where people can leave messages, short stories and photos at https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/ybUa7Qi8. We encourage you to do both.