|The crest badge Clan MacTavish contains the crest and motto of the clan chief. The crest is blazoned a boar's head erased or langued proper. The motto is NON OBLITUS, which translates from Latin as "not forgetful" of "not forgotten"||
Harold Calvin Thompson Jr., abt 1945
|Celtic Knot depicting eternal life|
| Harold Jr was born into a wheat
farming family. Farming was in his blood. He loved it.
Throughout the years and his various business adventures, he would
always rely on the open fields to calm and renew his spirits. He
worked on Thompson ranch until he bought his own place between
Broomfield and Lafayette.
He attended Westminster schools through the 10th grade, and as was common back then he quit school to work full time on the farm with his father and Uncle Harvey.
In early 1945 he joined the U.S. Army and was sent to basic training. Once there, however, they realized his family were wheat farmers who were needed for the war effort. So he was sent home with a deferment until after the Fall planting. The war ended that Fall, and he was never called back to serve.
It was in Westminster that he met his first wife, Susan Marooney. They were married in a double ceremony with her brother Rex and new wife Beverly. Their first child, Cheryl, was born in March 1947. Not too long after that, they moved into North Denver just a block south of where his parents lived. Son Ray was born in 1949 while they lived there. About 1951 or so, they sold that house and moved to Southern California. This was a move that no one was happy with, and they returned to Colorado in just a few months. Harold Jr. purchased his own farm between Broomfield and Lafayette then by 1952 as Cheryl started school in the Lafayette school system in 1952. Son Bill was born in 1954 while they were living on the 'Lafayette' place.
Harold Jr. continued to help farm the Thompson Ranch as well as farm his own. In 1958, he moved his family into Arvada where they bought a home, and the children started attending Arvada schools. Cheryl continued to attend Lafayette Elementary as she was in the sixth grade that year. The boys transferred right away to Arvada schools.
He bought the Broomfield mill sometime in there and ran it until he moved to Bennett. And while leasing farmland, he even tried his hand at raising cattle. Wheat farming was his first love, however.
By 1962, his marriage was splintered. Harold Jr. moved out, and eventually in 1964 he purchased a farm in eastern Adams County east of Bennett. At that time Maryetta and her son Steve moved out to Bennett with him, and the Bennett farm was their home from then on. They remodeled the old original farmhouse into a comfortable, attractive home.
Around 1972 or 1973 Harold Jr. studied for and passed with 100% both his state insurance exam and his state securities exam. He sold insurance for Metropolitan Life Insurance for a number of years. But throughout it all, he still farmed his Bennett place. He once said, and I totally agree with this, "farming is a wonderful way of life, but a hell of a way to make a living".
Through his daughter Cheryl, he received two blessings in life, his granddaughters Kathy and Melissa. They were the light of his eyes, and he loved them dearly. He told his sisters once that even though he had failed as a father, he felt good being a grandfather.
He passed peacefully in his sleep in October 1995 after suffering for several years from the effects of two of his vices - tobacco and alcohol. When he started using them as a teenager, no one knew they were dangerous. And that is a sad tribute for so many of us to reflect on - hindsight is 20/20. Foresight is not. Despite Maryetta's very best efforts, he still loved his Scotch and Margaritas, and was hopelessly addicted to smoking. May he now rest in peace without the pain and suffering.
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