Larry Dale Thompson (Waterbug), age 60, of San Angelo, TX went to his eternal home on January 30, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.
Granny’s pretty baby was born in San Angelo, TX on February 20, 1957. He was the baby of the five children and the constant third party to his parents, Elmas and Clarice Thompson. Even though he was the baby he had an old soul. He got this from hanging out with his Daddy, older brothers and their friends.
He graduated from Central High School, in 1975, where he was a talented football player. He got the name Waterbug because of his build and speed running up and down the football field. He was hard to catch. Larry still holds football records at Central. He also attended Angelo State University.
Larry met Patti in his local Walmart store. After dating a month, he asked her to marry him. She said “no” and he gave her 5 years to change her mind. They were married on June 19, 2014.
Larry worked as a landscaper for Don Cassaro Lawn & Landscaping for 10 years. He and Don argued like an old married couple but they always had love and respect between them. He also worked at Albertson’s/Market Street for 10 years. He always said that the grocery store was his fun job. Whether in the grocery store or a customer’s yard, Larry always had a dazzling smile and a hug for everyone. Larry served in the Air Force from 1978 to 1980 and received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Larry worked numerous jobs during his lifetime. Just to name a few, he worked as a pool builder, home repair and HVAC specialist. He was a hard worker who did everything to the best of his abilities and to the amazement of those he worked for and with. He gave the type of service that he would expect. Larry was a loyal purchaser of scratch off tickets. The lottery system will surely feel the loss. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, outdoor activities and most of all being around friends and family.
Larry looked for the good in everyone. He was always willing to help – even before being asked. He instructed the young people, in his life, how to work and live. He wanted them to reach their full potential. He was lavish with praise and quick to correct them when needed. He gave to every charitable organization that called on the phone or had a bucket asking for money. He also collected toiletries and handed them out to homeless people. He fed the hungry and took care of any child that crossed his path. If he visited your home and you didn’t have something that he wanted – he’d go to the store and buy it. He’s left ice cream at almost everyone’s home. He was trustworthy and loyal. If he said he was going to do something – he would.
Larry is reunited with his parents, Elmas and Clarice Thompson, brothers – Elmas Thompson Jr. and Earl Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Patti White-Thompson, children – Larry D. Thompson, Jr., Andre Thompson, Aaron Grubbs, Rae Dawn Martin and Kya Thomas. His siblings – Eva Joyce Hammonds, Arzulia Fields (Tyrone) and Benny Thompson. Larry also leaves behind 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Visitation will be Friday, February 2nd from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Gutierrez Funeral Chapels/North. Funeral service will be Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at New Light Baptist Church.