Don D. Thomson was born in Nebraska City, to R. Donald Thomson and Barbara Ann Davis Thomson on March 17, 1942.
He grew up in Syracuse with his younger brother Dean.  
From an early age, Don participated in music, church, and sports and continued to pursue these activities with a passion throughout his life.
Don met Joan Brueggemann in kindergarten in Syracuse, and they graduated high school together.   
Don went on to attend the University of Nebraska, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  
Joan received an AA degree at William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., and then transferred and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1964.   
Don married Joan, his soul mate and love of his life on June 12, 1964.
Upon graduation in 1965, Don received his ROTC commission into the US Army Infantry and retired in 2002.
Don and Joan traveled to many places with the Army: five years in Germany –where their daughter, Sheri, was born; Don’s one year in Vietnam—Vietnamese language school in Texas kept him from seeing the birth of his daughter Susan; and two years as Professor of Military Science at the University of South Dakota—where he also received his Master’s degree in Psychology and Guidance.  
After finishing his active duty at Fort Riley, Kan., and welcoming their third daughter, Becky, Don joined the Reserves in 1978, and began a second career in 1984 with Farm Bureau Insurance in Manhattan, Kan.  
Don was a career agent with Farm Bureau for 23 years, and enjoyed many wonderful trips around the world until his retirement in 2007.
With the change from active to reserve duty in the Army, Don and Joan decided to make Manhattan the family’s permanent home.  
Through his years of travel with the military, Don and family would have to find many new church homes.  
Don welcomed each change of location by incorporating his love of music by directing each new church’s choir.  
He continued this love of music with his move to Manhattan, becoming a charter member of the Little Apple Barbershop Chorus.  
For many of his years in Manhattan, he either helped to produce the chorus shows or direct the choir at First Christian Church.  
Since the inception of the shot clock in 1984, Don was its primary operator at the K-State men’s basketball games and he often had discussions with opposing coaches about how he ran the shot clock (one of Roy Williams visits saw Roy apologizing for his incorrect assessment of Don’s work the previous year).  
Don looked forward to the coming of each summer to prepare for the American Legion-sponsored Kansas Boys State.  
He became one of the military veteran advisors of Boys State in 2006 and touched the lives of many high school young men with his wisdom and guidance.  
Don’s retirement from Farm Bureau in 2007 left him with time to pursue his passion for serving others. He volunteered for many organizations and shared his love of life with so many people.  
Don became a volunteer chaplain at the Good Shepherd Hospice House and Via Christi Hospital.  
He served with the Vet-to-Vet program also at Good Shepherd, traveled with family and friends to Jamaica for ten trips of mission service; visited home-bound church members; served as a church life elder (as well as being a member, or chair, of several other church committees).  2016 saw the beginning of a new project for First Christian Church with the planning of a new church home, and Don was a member of the planning committee.  
The Capital Campaign officially started in 2018, and Don got to see the ground breaking for the new church building.  
His passion for activities never surpassed his love for his wife and family.  
To Don, the greatest blessings were time spent with friends and family: trips to Nebraska City to visit brother Dean (Keitha) and family; time spent in Overland Park, Kan., and Scottsdale, Ariz., with daughter Sheri Thomson Schrader (Tom), the short trip south to see Susan Thomson Croll (Richard) of New Strawn, Kan.; and visits to Los Angeles, and then Scottsdale to see Rebecca Thomson Dalis (Pete).  
These years were made all the richer with the addition of grandchildren; Scott Schrader (Danelle), Sarah Schrader Davidson (Joel), Whitney and Austin Croll, Alessandra and Nathan Dalis and great-grandchildren, Coen and Adeline Schrader.  
Don, age 76, died peacefully on May 1, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kan., due to complications following two heart procedures.  
Don lived his life as an example for his family and others, and what an example he set for us all!
In keeping with Don’s generous nature, we have designated the following memorials:
First Christian Church 2018 Capital Campaign
Good Shepherd Hospice House
Manhattan Chapter of the Little Apple Barbershop Chorus
American Legion Boys State of Kansas
An informal celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church at 5th and Humboldt in Manhattan, Kan.  
A reception time will be held before the service at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Arrangements will be coordinated by Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home of Manhattan.  
As Don’s body was donated to the KU Medical School, inurnment with full military honors will be held in 2019.