LONG BEACH - Long Beach resident and retired professional golfer Donald H. Thompson, 91, died at his home on March 8, 2004, after a lengthy illness. Born in Eugene, Ore., on Jan. 8, 1913, he was the son of William L. and Elsie (Hobbs) Thompson.
Mr. Thompson grew up in Portland and attended both the University of Oregon and the University of Arizona. He obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's of education degree from Linfield College.
During World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the China, Burma and the Indochina Theater.
He married Laura Elder in June 1943. They lived for many years in Newberg, Ore., where Mr. Thompson taught in the Newberg school system for 15 years. In 1965, the couple moved to Long Beach and purchased the Peninsula Golf Course. They operated the golf course for 23 years before leasing out the day-to-day operations but retaining ownership.
He was a member of CHI PSI Fraternity, the Masonic Lodge and the Long Beach Elks Lodge. Other than his love of golf, his many interests included fishing, traveling, reading and art. He was painted with both oil and watercolors.
Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Laura of Long Beach; daughter Donna Paulson of Aurora, Colo.; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his son, William Lair Thompson II, in 1988.
Private cremation has been held. No public service is scheduled. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.