Fred Herbert Thompson III
March 9, 1949  -  March 3, 2018

Fred Herbert Thompson III

I served in the Navy.

Fred Thompson was born March 9, 1949 at Fort Worth, TX and passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Capitan. Fred, my husband, passed away on my father's birthday, leaving behind a family that is heartbroken. As we live forever, there is no heartbreak that is real; but I was not ready for a new chapter; so I am very disappointed.
Fred grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas. His dad was career Air Force; so at one point they even lived in Germany for a while. Fred's father died in 1964. At that time, back in Ft. Worth; Fred lived with his mother, and 3 siblings, grandmother nearby. He attended Northside High School, where the Beatles long hair styles were already hip. His family moved down Jacksboro highway to Springtown, where long hair was not appreciated. For a bit, he was a big city hippi, to be made fun of.

Fred joined the US Navy, where he became store clerk and Funky Fred, ship disc jockey. He was Forest Gump of the Navy, (a little), -- interviewing a soldier in the Mayaguez incident, and his ship was at Vietnam for the evacuation at wars end. After the Navy, I met Fred at a Ft. Worth Junior college, TCJC, in drama class. On our first date, he told me he was 38 years old. I was only 19, so I thought to myself, "guess this is our last date". Turned out he was joking; he was only 28. So it wasn't our last date. However, as comedy goes, no one was funnier than Fred.

Fred and I married in 1977. We have 2 grown sons, one grandchild. How do you explain 40 years away with a quip. We lived in Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and then Ruidoso/Capitan NM., -- where he retired, after working forever. I am grateful he was able to experience the mountains, where we have always wanted to live.

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