Thompson's 25-year tenure at the County Courthouse was marked by integrity and fairness. He received several awards for professionalism and dedication to his work before resigning in 2010 due to health issues.
Thompson, a decorated Marine, suffered for most of his life from the aftereffects of his service in the Vietnam War. It is believed that the Parkinson's disease that finally overcame him was caused by exposure to the deadly chemical Agent Orange, which was used extensively during the war.
Despite those health-related challenges, Thompson devoted his life to public service. In addition to serving on numerous professional boards, he was a volunteer with the South Summit Fire District, a member of the Peoa Town Park Association and supported many area nonprofits including Friends of Animals and The Peace House.
He will be remembered by many as a gentle giant who loved to engage with his constituents. He was always willing to explain the complex workings of county finance to fellow elected officials, constituents and reporters.
During his six terms in office Thompson saw the economy rise and fall and rise again, and could always be counted on for sound fiscal advice. As a result, the county enjoyed high credit ratings and was able to bond for many important improvements, including a justice center and new jail, and extensive renovations at the County Courthouse.
As we enter into another election season, local citizens and candidates would do well to hold Glen Thompson up as a model for the ideal elected official. He did not curry favor with special-interest groups, he weighed the needs of both sides of the county equally and practiced transparency before it became an overused buzzword.
County residents can honor Thompson by attending a viewing Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peoa Ward Chapel, 1224 S.R. 32. Funeral services will be held in the same location on Saturday at 11 a.m..