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Joe Zack Thompson

12-27-23 to 7-7-13
Zack began his life journey in Dallas in the community of Cement City and completed it in Humble.
His parents were T.D. and Maggie Thompson.
Zack is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helyn Chenowth Thompson; his son, Christopher Donald Thompson, Humble; two grandsons, Matthew Thompson, Humble, and Paul Thompson, LaMarque; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Thompson; a great-grandson, Oliver Olds; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Thompson, presently living in Nashville, Tenn. Susan is the widow of a son, Jay Zack Thompson, who passed away in 2000.
Additionally, he is survived by three nephews, Terry Cunningham, Hurst, Michael Cunningham, Garland, David Tulipane; and a niece, Susan Mallinger, Grand Prairie.
He attended Cement City Elementary School and Dallas Technical High School. At Tech he was a three-sport athlete lettering in baseball, track and football. In football he was twice named to the All City teams.
He attended The University of Texas on a football scholarship. He liked to tell that he played on the same team as Tom Landry.
His athletic career was interrupted by his being called into the Naval Air Corps. He received his Wings of Gold in Pensacola, Fla., where he served as an instructor until World War II ended. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1955 and flew with the Weekend Warriors, VF 703, Dallas Naval Air Station.
After graduation from SMU, Zack coached football in Dallas for five years. He later earned a master's degree from East Texas State University.
Next, he began a career with Sun Oil Co. During employment with Sun, he worked in the offices of Midland, Tyler and Dallas. After retiring from Sun he became an independent petroleum landman.
Eventually he worked for Delta Drilling Co. in Tyler, and later as Gulf Coast Land manager in Lafayette, La. When that office closed he continued to do contract land work.
He liked to say he took "early retirement" at age 79.
Zack and Helyn were residents of Emerald Bay Club, Bullard, for 27 years. Zack loved playing golf there and the camaraderie of his many friends. From Emerald Bay they moved to Montgomery and finally to the Atascocita area of Humble. At the time of his death, Zack was a member of Atascocita United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the Willis United Methodist Church while living in Montgomery.
No memorial services will be held.
The Willis United Methodist Church, 200 N. Thomason, Willis, 77378, has been chosen for anyone wishing to make a gift in memory of Zack.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 9, 2013
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