Mitchel L. Thompson was born April 29, 1953, in Missoula, Montana, to Stanley and Mary Ellen Thompson. Mitch was an Air Force Brat who lived throughout the U.S., including Tampa, Florida, where he graduated from Leto High School in 1971. His love of art and design started at an early age, sketching and painting buildings, landscapes and people. This budding talent finally led him to Montana State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Interior Design. He worked in the Interior Design field for over 40 years. His skill and creativity led to numerous historical and new structure projects, most notably was The Lake Hotel and the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park and the Billings Northern Hotel.
Mitch passed peacefully after a short illness in the company of friends and family. He was a very proud father of two boys, Blake and Milan, and a wonderful big brother to his sister, Diane.
Mitch was a great mentor who helped in the development of many professionals. He had no agenda other than quality work. He was a kind and patient teacher. He believed in people, creating many opportunities for those who came behind him.
He was a HUGE Bobcats fan, much to the chagrin of his Grizzly father! Later in life one never saw him without his Bobcats hat on!
His quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed, as will his talent that brightened so many lives.
Mitch was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Mary Ellen Thompson; and is survived by his sons, Blake Thompson (and family) and Milan Thompson; sister, Diane Sullivan (and family); many dear friends, including Emilio Campos and Tracy Miranda, Jim and Pam Shires, and the boys from The Winner’s Circle.
Although Mitch is no longer here, his legacy of excellence remains. Mitch, you will always be in our hearts….
Please join us for a Celebration of Life at one of his finest projects, The Northern Hotel on Friday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, go out with those you love for a great meal and drinks! Think of the best of times with Mitch in doing so!!
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