Charles Blair Thompson, 76

Charles Blair Thompson, 76, of Blackfoot passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
Charles was born on July 15, 1935 in Driggs, Teton County.  He spent most of his childhood in the Tetonia Area, where his father owned a contract farming business and his mother was a teacher.  They later moved to the Idaho Falls area.  Charles attended school in Driggs.
He met his wife, Marie Harker, in Idaho Falls.  They were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Nov. 27, 1957.
 Charles worked as a mechanic most of his life.  He was employed by JO White, a dry farmer,; Wackerli Falls Tractor; Blaine VanOrden; Blackfoot Motor; Glen Chevrolet; Reese Bowen GMC; Dolder Motor Company;George Hoskins Automobile Repair and the City of Blackfoot.  He retired from being a mechanic after his many years working for the City of Blackfoot.  His retirement was a result of a long term illness.  He volunteered at Ridge Crest Elementary School for nine years, where he was known as Grandpa.
Charles was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served in the church as ward clerk, in the Young Men’s Association, the Primary, the Sunday School, in the branch presidency at the State Hospital as High Priest group instructor and as an Elder’s quorum instructor.  He served wherever he was asked.
     Charles is survived by his wife, Marie Thompson of Blackfoot; his children, Andrea (David) Hapeman of Richardson, Texas; Laura Marantette of Gooding, JoBeth (Greg) Morrison of Franklin, Bill (MaryAnn) Thompson of Blackfoot, Cheri (Rick) Warren of Firth, Shauna (Wyatt) Croft of American Falls, April (Tommy) Bryant of Chubbuck, John (Teresa) Thompson of Pocatello and Paula (Scott) Ames of Chubbuck; brothers, Ermal (Ferris) Thompson and Blaine (Winnie) Thompson, both of Idaho Falls; sisters, Eula (Boyd Endicott) of Ammon, Dorothy (Lynn) Skidmore of Ammon, Patsy (Dennis) Reynolds of Idaho Falls, Teresa (Les) Wixom of Blackfoot and Kelly Sue (David) Miller of Ottawa, Canada; 37 grandchildren; and 23 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alden Ray and Ruth Caldwell Thompson; one grandchild, Timothy Hapeman; and one great-grandchild, Adalyn Grace Woolstenhulme.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Blackfoot 4th & 11th Ward LDS Church, 520 N. Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.  The family will visit with friends and relatives from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church.  Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Blackfoot Education Foundation, Zion’s Bank, c/o Patsy Hays, PO Box 945, Blackfoot, Idaho 83221.