June 8, 1947—October 22, 2018
PVT. Arthur Lee Thompson, 71 of Elko, Nevada, passed away Monday, October 22, 2018 surrounded by his family. Arthur was born June 8, 1947 in Carlin, Nevada to father, Baul Thompson and mother, Cathryn Fred Thompson. Arthur married Twila (Batt) Thompson and together they raised C-Ray Batt as their own child. Arthur enjoyed his involvement in tribal politics and US politics, talking about day to day issues within the world.
Arthur was raised and spent his childhood in Elko and Beowawe, Nevada. He attended school and graduated in Elko, Nevada. After graduation, Arthur joined the Army reserve and later enlisted in the United Sates Army. Before his deployment he was stationed at Fort Ord, California. Later he was deployed to Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Saigon where he joined the signal corps. Soon after the war Arthur returned home to Elko, Nevada. Later he attended a trade school in San Francisco, California working for Bell Telephone Company. After holding many different jobs, he made his way to Fort Hall, Idaho where he later met the love of his life Twila Batt. Arthur and his wife lived in Pocatello, Idaho where he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. He also attended school at Idaho State University for diesel mechanics. Ten years later they moved to Elko, Nevada. In Elko, Arthur enjoyed working at the mines for many different contractors, driving tractor trailers daily. After Arthur retired from driving his trucks, he became heavily devoted to tribal politics with the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. He served on various election board committees throughout the years, as well as following national politics. Along with politics he had many hobbies which included hunting, shooting, watching Fox News religiously, watching war movies and documentaries, reading and professional gambling.
Arthur was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank Thompson; Susie Pinky; John Fred; Amelia Osborne and parents Baul Thompson; Cathryn Fred Thompson. He is survived by his spouse Twila (Batt) Thompson; adopted son, C-Ray (Triston) Batt; brothers, Paul Thompson; Vernon Thompson; sister, Arnetta Thompson and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and distant relatives.
Arthur will be taken to Tino Batt’s residents in Gibson, ID near exit 89 on Highway 91, south of Blackfoot (923 highway 91) for viewing on October 24, 2018 at 10 AM until burial Friday afternoon. Military services will be held at the Cedars Cemetery at 2 PM Friday, October 26, 2018.