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Thomas Compton

January 6, 1945 — February 28, 2021

Thomas “Thom” David Compton was born January 6, 1945, in Los Angeles, California.  He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, by the late Walter and Dorothy Mathers.  Thom passed peacefully at home on February 28, 2021, surrounded by family and his beloved dog, Pookie.  Thom was proceeded in death by his beautiful daughter, Tracy Lee Compton.  Thom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after completing high school and served honorably from June 1963 to June 1967.  He served as a Cryptography Operator and completed a tour in Vietnam.  He loved to interact with fellow veterans and share stories of their respective time serving this great nation.  Thom lived an active life in northeast Pennsylvania and enjoyed many hobbies.  Thom was an aviation enthusiast and earned his commercial pilot’s license, flew radio-controlled model airplanes, and even endeavored to scratch build a full-size airplane in his spare time.  Thom also enjoyed the tranquility of fishing, often saying, “A bad day of fishing was better than good day in the office.”  Thom was a lifetime member of the Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, where he loved interacting with people and making announcements from the information booth.  Thom would say he never met a stranger.  Thom was also a Mason and was a member of Salem Lodge No. 330 in Hamlin, Pennsylvania.  Thom was a retired Psychiatric Correctional Officer, for the state of Pennsylvania.  Thom is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Stone) of Schertz, Texas; son Darren Compton and wife Kelly (Greeley, PA); daughter Rebecca White and husband Gordon (Peyton, CO); son Jeffrey Compton and wife Jaclyn (Greeley, PA), along with grandchildren Courtney, Ava, Alexis, Taylor, Morgan, Eric, Zachery, Lauren, Hailey and Thomas.  One of Thom’s greatest joys in life was being a Marine.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Thom’s name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at 875 N. Randolph St.  Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.  Donations can also be made on-line at .  A point of contact at NMCRS is Ms. Beth Suarez and can be reached at (703) 350-7532.  All donations are tax deductible.

Semper fi!


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