Martin A. Thompson (Marty) left his earthly home in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and beloved family on March 26, 2021, to be with his Lord and Savior. Born on October 6, 1927 in Quakertown, PA, Marty was the son of Morton and Marta Thompson, emigrants from Norway.
Marty enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1945 after graduating from Quakertown High School. At Columbia University Marty earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and then worked at Western Union as a pioneer in developing America’s defense telecommunications systems. During his career Marty attended Industrial College of the Armed Forces and The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1975 Martin was awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award by the Defense Communications Agency for his performance in the development of the U.S. Defense Communication System. Marty retired from the Federal Senior Executive Service in 1989, but continued to work in his field with Artel, Inc. until his final retirement in 2008 at age 80.
Marty was also a leader in his church and community. He served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg, VA. He was on the Vestry, served as Treasurer and sang in the choir at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcelleville, VA. In the community, Marty served on and was Chairman of the Loudoun County, VA School Board. He was a leader in establishing professional compensation for Loudoun teachers. He was also active in forming the Lincoln, VA Historical District in the early 1970’s.
In addition to the countless accolades across his career and community service, he was most regarded for the love he shared with his family and friends. Throughout his adult life, Marty was a devoted husband and loving father who actively engaged in numerous activities with his family. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jane. He is also survived by his children, Martin, Margot (husband David Gum), Gregory (wife Michelle), Roy (wife Michelle) and grandchildren Christian, Nathan, Joshua, Ingrid, Aidan, Jane, Grace, Benjamin, Jacob, Emily, Matthew and Sarah. He will always be remembered for his unassuming personality, unexpected quick wit and warm smile. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday May 16, 2021, 2pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Martinsburg, WV. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle at hospiceotp.org or the charity of your choice.