Cecil I. Thompson

Born: Wed., Sep. 30, 1931
Died: Sat., Jun. 1, 2013


3:00 PM to 3:15 PM, Mon., Jun. 03, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Prayer Service

3:00 PM Mon., Jun. 03, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

6:00 PM Mon., Jun. 03, 2013
Location: Agency Longhouse

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Tue., Jun. 04, 2013
Location: St. Andrew's Church

Military Honors

10:15 AM Tue., Jun. 04, 2013
Location: Agency Cemetery

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Cecil “Cy” Thompson

Sept. 30, 1931 – June 1, 2013


Cecil “Cy” Thompson of Nixyaawii passed away on June 1, 2013 at Kadlec Hospital. He was 81 years old.

A Dressing Ceremony will be held Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Monday evening at 6:00 PM in the Agency Longhouse in Mission, with Evening Washat to follow at 7:00 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday June 4th, at 9:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at Agency Cemetery.  Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Cy was a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation and was of Cayuse and Walla Walla descent. He was born on September 30, 1931 in Thornhollow and was the 6th of 10 children born to Joe and Rosa Davis Thompson. He attended grade school in Thornhollow and graduated from Pendleton High School. He enlisted and served in the US Airforce for two years and was based in Iceland.

He married the love of his life Doris Scott on March 27, 1954 and together they had five children – a son, and four daughters. Cy moved his growing family to San Francisco, CA., in 1959 where he completed Business School. He worked in administrative positions throughout his career, including with the California Employment Dept., Oregon State Forestry Dept., and he retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs after 20 years.

Cy enjoyed playing pool, spending time outdoors and relished drives to the mountains, lakes, hunting, gaff fishing and going camping including the annual trek to the huckleberry fields which he did well into his early 70s.  “Uncle Cy” always had room for extended family on these adventures and it wasn’t unusual to see him with a truck load of kids.  He was an avid sports fan particularly of golf and major league baseball and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren, nieces and nephews’ sporting events. During his retirement years he enjoyed going to Wildhorse where many employees knew him by name as he showed up to play his favorite slots. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris Thompson, daughters Lorena Thompson, Kelly Long and Cara Thompson, all of Nixyaawii and Cathy Thompson of Santa Fe, New Mexico; 6 grandchildren - Doris Wheeler, Erin Fragua, Gabrielle Daniels, Silas Daniels, and CeCe and Stockton Hoffman; and 5 great grandchildren - Tyrone Wilson and Monika, Anthony, Ian and Aaron Melendrez; Sisters Belva Olsen of Chico, CA, Mabel Sheoships, Auggie Bill, Geneva Haskie, Shirley Speedis and Faydeena Luke, all of Nixyaawii; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his son Warren Leslie Thompson, parents Joe and Rosa Thompson, and siblings Christine Alexander, Benjamin Thompson and Patrick Thompson.

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Patrick Luke
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
As a kid growing up at the old house and my moms I always recall the time uncle would come up and pick us boys up to hunt or gather. His teachings will live on for I still carry those words of encouragement in life with me to this day.

Even when I graduated from BMCC or OSU I remember his kind words "Louie I knew you could do it". Ill always keep those thoughts close to my chest and share them when its time to encourage people.

I will miss you dearly, my condolences go out to the entire Thompson, Scot families.

Respectfully submitting,
Patrick Luke

Deborah Whiteley Hayward
   Posted Wed June 12, 2013
Please accept my condolences at the passing of Cecil, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you much comfort.


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