Diamond Rick Thompson, 57, passed away suddenly in Billings on Sept. 16, 2018. He is greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
Diamond was born on August 10, 1961, in Denver, Colorado, to Jerry Eugene Thompson and Freda Ann Whitcomb Thompson.
The family moved to Billings where Diamond was raised. Diamond was active during his childhood with his brother Danny (one year younger), scouts, church (where he was baptized), drawing/sketching, bike riding, flying kites, roller skating, and sledding at Pioneer Park.
There were frequent trips to Red Lodge, Montana to visit grandparents Arnold E. ‘A.E.’ and Doris C. Whitcomb. Diamond played chess and other board games, or literally walked across the street to ice skate. He walked ‘up town’ with change to play pinball; he had a good time going with Grandma Doris to have a cup of coffee or visit with Grandpa Arnold of the A.D. Whitcomb Oil Company at Broadway and 9th St.
Diamond began his education (grades 1-6) at Broadwater School where William ‘Bill’ Fox was an outstanding principal. Diamond was a good student, physically fit, and showed artistic abilities. At Lincoln Junior High School, Diamond was named to the honor roll for three years of scholastic excellence. In High School he enjoyed participating in the musical ‘Oklahoma.’ He graduated from Billings Senior High in 1979.
As a young adult, Diamond began hiking into the Beartooth Mountains, photographing the wilderness; he especially enjoyed searching for Whitcomb Lake.
After high school Diamond joined the U.S. Navy; while serving honorably, he received a medical discharge. Diamond began a career in computers working for Microsoft in Seattle, Washington. Later, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he worked for Avaya selling computer systems.
While living in Colorado Springs, Diamond and his brother Danny ‘Dan’ (who lived close by in Fountain, Colorado) frequently planned activities together. In mid-June 2016, the brothers and their mother, Freda, enjoyed a vacation together; they visited Pikes Peak and other sites in the area. They also attended a car show where Dan displayed his Grandfather Arnold’s 1957 Jeep.
Diamond enjoyed remodeling his home. He helped lost animals that found their way into his yard, which was in close proximity to a walking path. Diamond regularly visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. He hiked into the Colorado wilderness whenever he could.
Diamond had a deep belief in Christianity, often studying the faith. He attended the Missio Dei Falcon Church in Colorado Springs where Kolburt Schultz is the pastor.
In early June 2018, Diamond moved to Billings. He attended the church Word of Life at 1737 King Ave West.
He finished his working career at Charter Communications (Spectrum) on Monad Road in Billings; the employees and management were exceptionally supportive and compassionate to our family when Diamond passed.
In early September, Diamond drove his jeep up the switchbacks on the Beartooth Highway to Cooke City, Montana - his final trip to the mountains he loved.
Diamond was preceded in death by his father Jerry Eugene Thompson; Grandfather James ‘Jim’ Thompson and Grandmother Fannie ‘Billie’ ‘Dugan’ Wilson Thompson; Uncle Jimmy Dean Thompson (Aunt Ruth). Grandfather James ‘Jim’ Thompson and Step-Grandmother Lorraine Thompson; Half-Aunt Candy Thompson.
Grandfather Arnold E. ‘A.E.’ Whitcomb and Grandmother Doris Charlotte Clark Whitcomb; Uncle Clark E. Whitcomb (Aunt Laurie); cousins Joseph Enoch Whitcomb and David Luke Whitcomb (Shirley Ann ‘Anna’).
Diamond is survived by his mother Freda Ann Whitcomb of Billings; brother Danny ‘Dan’ Russell Thompson (Christina); Aunt Laurie Lee Whitcomb (Uncle Clark deceased); cousins Clark Charles Whitcomb (John) and Anne Charlotte Williams (Dan); Aunt Ruth Thompson (Uncle Jimmy Dean deceased); cousins Troy Thompson and ‘sister’ Thompson (her first name unknown); Half-Uncle Lance Thompson.
Second Cousins David L. Whitcomb (Cheryl), Donald A. Whitcomb (Carol), Jaye E. Sundin (Sherman deceased), Karen L. Eide (Kenneth deceased), Robert ‘Bob’ A. Clark (Diane), Lester ‘Les’ L. Clark (Diana ‘Dian’), Philip R. Clark (Marilynn), Terrill ‘Teri’ Diane Boyce (Thomas); nieces, nephews.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude for the cards and other expressions of kindness.
Thank you John Dahl & staff of Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service for your thoughtful care of our family. A graveside family gathering is planned for a later date.
There will be a memorial service in Billings at the American Lutheran Church on 5 Lewis Ave. (Lewis & Division). The date is July 6, 2019, Saturday at 11 a.m. Lots of Parking. Please join us for a luncheon following the service.