Paul William Thompson, 80, died in Longview, Washington as a result of respiratory complications on the afternoon of July 28, 2021. Born in Chehalis, Washington on Nov. 25, 1940, he was the youngest child of four. He received his B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in technical theater at the University of Washington in Seattle. He briefly worked for the Portland Civic Theater before being offered a job as a professor in the Speech and Theater Department at Wright College in Chicago. He moved his family first to Elmwood Park and then to Oak Park, where he was also involved in building sets for Oak Park Festival Theatre, Village Players Theatre, and Wright College. He then went on and built technical sets for commercials for McDonald’s, Chuck E. Cheese and local radio stations.
He was handy working with wood and, combined with his love of sailing and fishing, built a sailboat in the dining room of his house. He held large gatherings every year for the Fourth of July where he made Tandoori Chicken and Margaritas.
After retiring from Wright College in 1998, he moved to Sequim, Washington. There he built his own house from the logs on his property. He eventually moved to Longview near the high school he attended and reconnected with old friends. He also wrote a column called “The Man in the Kitchen” for a local paper.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Carl Roy Thompson and Elsie Marilla Butler/Thompson; his two sisters, Maxine Foister and Fran Nelson; and his brother, Chuck Thompson. He will be missed by his favorite and only daughter, Sonya Dobberfuhl; his son-in-law, Keith Dobberfuhl; his grandson, Joshua Mahn; his granddaughter, Audra Stupar; and his great-grandson, Matthew Warren.