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1937 Donald 2022

Donald Thompson

April 6, 1937 — May 6, 2022

Thompson, Donald Gene
Donald Gene Thompson was born April 06, 1937, in Knox City, TX to the late Cornelius Thompson Sr. and Nora Lee Roundtree.  His confession of faith at an early age laid his foundation as a servant for the rest of his life.

Don received his formal education from the University of Albuquerque where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in University Studies, in 1975. Continuing, he also received a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico five years later.

That servant life began with a brief stint in the United States Army. He then continued with a twenty years and five months distinguished career with the Albuquerque Police Department where he was appointed Deputy Police Chief. A pioneer, he became the first African American to hold that position. After retiring from Albuquerque Police, he started Thompson Bookkeeping and Tax Service. Donald was also a 32 Mason with the Blue Lodge.

His love for God and strong Christian background led him to unite with the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. A dedicated member for fifty plus years, where he served faithfully on the Deacon Board, Trustee Board-Treasurer for over 25 years, Sunday School Superintendent, and teacher. Donald was a proud man of commitment, who loved his family above all else. He often stood in as a father to his many nieces and nephews. A tall man with a humble spirit, he was always willing to share his knowledge with others. He will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius Thompson Sr. and Nora Lee Roundtree; brother, Cornelius Thompson Jr.; sisters, Frankie Lee Green, Nora Pearl Jones and brother, Robert Lee Thompson.

Those left to cherish his treasured memories, wife of fifty years, Gerlene Thompson of NM; sons, Torry Dan Aikins (Carrie) of TX, Donald Lamel Thompson (Theresa) of NM, Orson Keith Thompson (Anna) of TX; daughters, Dorothy Laverne Thompson of NM, Mary Jean Randolph (Espie) of TX, Cheryl Ann Thompson of NM, Sheila Ann Thompson of NM, Rona Annette Thompson of TX; siblings, Bobby Edward Thompson of CA and Kathy Kay Thomas (Howard) of NM, loving grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of cousins, relatives, and dear friends.

A Visitation will take place on Thursday, June 02, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Strong Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 03, 2022 at 11:00 am at Mount Olive Missionary Church, 2401 University Blvd. SE.
Services have been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services Strong Thorne.
Daniels Family Funeral Services - Strong Thorne Mortuary
1100 Coal Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 842-8800

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