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Celebration of Life

Harp & Hound
Tuesday September 24th, 2019

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Michael "Big Mike" Thompson

Michael W. Thompson

“Big Mike”

The world lost a big man on August 29, 2019. Mike had a big personality to match his big frame and was known to many as a gentle giant. He passed away doing what he loved (camping), at a place he loved (our property in Southern Utah).

Michael W. Thompson was born on December 5, 1956 to Warren G and Mary K Thompson. He was the youngest of three and enjoyed telling stories of growing up with two older sisters. Mike joined the Navy at the age of 16 and served for 4 years on the USS Nimitz. He then followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a heavy equipment operator. Big Mike operated high tower cranes for many years working for Big D, Oakland, and Gleeson construction companies.

Mike waited until later in life to marry. He said “Mama always told me an angel would come along” and she did. He found his angel and married Renee LaPeé on February 3, 2001. We shared many good times filled with laughter and fun. Life will be a little (or a lot) boring without him.

Mike had a passion for music and had an eclectic collection. He always carried a harmonica and would whip it out and make up a song about his surroundings. Oh the fun we had listening to his musical stories!  Mike treasured his time playing in several bands “Rayband” and “Uno-Testucally” in the early 90’s.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, step-daughter Samantha Larsen, brother-in-law Keenan LaPeé and his faithful 4-legged friend Ralph. Mike is survived by his wife Renee LaPeé, sisters Kay Thompson and Cheryl (Mark) Omer, Niece Shera Omer, in-laws Myrna LaPeé, Chuck and Joyce LaPeé, Cam (Leslie) LaPeé, Tori (Tim) Miller and Derrick (Cindy) LaPeé and many, many friends. 

A celebration of life will be held on September 24th from 7 – 9 p.m. at Harp and Hound, 2550 Washington Blvd in Ogden. Rest in Peace my Love.

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A candle was lit in memory of Michael "Big Mike" Thompson

Janice Roberts Mozley Sep 25 2019 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on September 24, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 24 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael "Big Mike" Thompson

Jeff and Billie Morrell Sep 24 2019 12:00 AM

Big Mike
My Brother Ill never forget all the great times we had over the years of knowing you, all the good memories will be with me for ever, I was deeply saddened when I read this tonight, thanks for all the good times and for being mine and Irenes friend, RIP Bro

Davey McCubbin Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

Gone too soon. Condolences to to his family with special thoughts to Cheryl and Kay. They will certainly miss him.
What a fun fellow he was. RIP

Cheryl Wahlstrom Smith Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Mike. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him at your annual shrimp boils. We send our heartfelt condolences, love and prayers.

Ted and Marcy Korgenski Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

Mike was a gentle giant and a fun brother in law. He always kept us laughing. On my last visit to Utah, he made us a big, delicious breakfast burrito. He loved to cook some interesting concoctions. Rest In Peace Big Mike. We love you always Tim n Tori

Tori Sep 11 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael "Big Mike" Thompson

Karen Hall Sep 11 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael "Big Mike" Thompson

Diana Bosley Sep 10 2019 12:00 AM