William M. Thompson was born in Saginaw, Texas, to the late James Lee Jr. and Elise Faye Thompson on July 3, 1957. He was raised with three sisters and one brother. He attended Boswell High School before joining the Marine Corps in 1976. His journey to becoming a firefighter started while he was in the service. In 1988, he began working for the Fort Worth Fire Department. William served on the truck for as long as he could before he was unable to due to respiratory illness he developed on the job. He continued to serve the citizens of Fort Worth by working as a dispatcher. William retired from the Fort Worth Fire Department 22 years later.
William and Paula married on June 14, 1992. William absolutely adored his bride and three children, Amanda, Haley, and Christopher. Although he only had three children of his own, he was known as “Dad” to many of their childhood friends. His family will always remember him as someone who encouraged them to chase after their dreams. Aside from being a husband and dad, his favorite title was “Granddaddy.” His grandson, Cason Story, changed his world in 2013.
William was often on the go. If he wasn’t at work or at home, you could catch him at the golf course, on the lake, or grabbing a drink with friends. During his lifetime, William never met a stranger. If he met you once, he considered you a friend. Those that knew William considered him to be the life of the party.
He enjoyed grilling, hanging out by the swimming pool, and making his famous salsa. There was never a dull moment with him. He truly lived out the motto of “Live life to the fullest.”
William passed away on April 28, 2014, due to work related injuries. He will be remembered and forever missed with love and appreciation for his years as a devoted husband, father, and for his service to the community. As his family, we hope to always keep his memory alive and make sure those memories are shared.
The Thompson family would like to thank William’s best friend and firefighter brother, Paul Measles. He truly kept his word to make sure our family was taken care of. We can never thank him enough.