Walter A. Thompson

July 17, 1939 - May 18, 2013
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Passed away at his Vallejo home on Saturday, May 18, 2013, under the care of Kaiser Hospice, after a long battle with prostate cancer; he was 73 years of age. Walter was a native of San Francisco, moved to Kensington, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1957, where he met his wife, Dorothy; they were married in 1962. In 1963 he graduated from San Jose State College with a BS in Civil Engineering. Walter and Dorothy moved to Japan, where he served as a US Navy officer from 1963 to 1966 in the Navy’s Construction Battalion (Sea-Bees). He retired as a Leutenant Jr. Grade. Walter and his family moved to Vallejo in 1967, where he became a part owner of ZacKit Electronics, retiring in 2006. He was a Master Mason for 47 years, and a member of Vallejo Lodge #487, where he was the Master of the lodge for three consecutive years; he then joined the Navel Lodge #87 when the lodges consolidated. The family spent many years at the Odd Fellows Recreation Club on the Russian River near Guerneville, where Walter was a board member for nine years. After retirement he loved cruising the world with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Thompson; son, Carl Thompson and wife, Linda of Chino Hills; daughter, Christine Fortenberry and husband, Scott of Carr, Colorado; brother, Jim Thompson and wife, Sally of Redwood City; brother-in-law, Rev. Kenneth Watt and partner, Victor Amburgy of Vallejo; and grandchildren, Austin, Kaitlyn, Makenna, and Matthew.

Friends are cordially invited to attend memorial services Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Springbrook Masonic Temple, 101 Temple Way, Vallejo. Private interment is at Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito. Memorial donations may be made to Kaiser Hospice, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo CA 94589 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Time: 11:00 am

Springbrook Masonic Temple


101 Temple Way, Vallejo, CA,

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Born: July 17, 1939
Died: May 18, 2013

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Larry Richard posted on 12/11/14

Walt was a wonderful man and I will miss him dearly in this world.


Edward H. Zumstein posted on 7/8/13

My sincerest sympathies. Walt and I worked together at Zackit in the mid to late 1960's.


Mark Jagla posted on 5/29/13

Dorthy So sorry for your loss. Linda and myself had such a good time playing cards with Walter and yourself, Ken and Victor , one of our bettter of o memories ur trip to California Will look you up when we come this summer. May the Lord keep, and bless you. Mark and Linda Jagla


Diana Gregory posted on 5/27/13

Thank you for many memories of times long ago watching fireworks, and more recently of trips to visit the family. Thank you for being part of my family.


Carol and Tom Ross posted on 5/27/13

Dear Dorothy, we have such lovely memories of our cruise with you and Walter on the Maasdam from Boston to Boston. Walter was such a genuine, warm and positive person. He was an inspiration to both of us as Tom is going through similar experiences. He always made such positive encouragement in his Christmas notes. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Love, Carol and Tom