GRANGEVILLE: Joe Thompson, 92, longtime resident of Grangeville, Idaho passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 at his home due to kidney failure. He was born October 17, 1928 in White Bird, Idaho.
Joe was a truck driver most all of his life. He had probably forgotten more than most drivers will ever know. He drove log truck for Brown Logging in Coram, Montana for a number of years. He then moved to White Bird, Idaho and drove for IdaPine Mills hauling logs off Rice Creek down to the tramway at the Salmon River. Joe also drove for Baker Truck Service for 13 years driving tanker, flatbed, chip trailer, cattle trailer and lowboy. He also worked for Prairie Land & Timber for 14 years as a lowboy driver. Following his time at Prairie Land & Timber he became a foreman for the Grangeville Highway District for 5 years. He eventually retired, but then got the urge to drive again, so he worked for Bell Equipment till the age of 82.
He is preceded in death by his wife Vivian (Mickey). Son, Tracy Thompson and 8 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his son Alan (Loralie) Thompson. 2 Grandchildren; Ashley (Chris) Klasen, Erin Thompson (Derek Eldridge). Stepdaughter Carolyn Tonkinson (Rey Petersen). Sister Doris Bronchurst. Mary Ellen Thompson and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 12 Noon at the Eagles Hall in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.