Donald D. “Don” Thorson___________
Donald D. “Don” Thorson, age 53, of Bartlesville, Okla,, formerly of Philip, S.D., died Saturday, July 13, 2013, while on vacation in Medford, Ore.
Donald D. Thorson was born April 29, 1960, in Quinn. He grew up on a ranch northwest of Philip. He attended Alfalfa Valley Rural School before going to Philip High School where he graduated in 1978. He attended South Dakota State University and earned an associate’s degree in December 1980. He went to work for Scotchman Industries and was there until 1989 when he went to Canyon, Texas, and attended West Texas A&M University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1991.
Don went to work for Conoco in Ponca City, Okla. When Phillips 66 and Conoco merged, he spent two years traveling the world merging the computer systems of both companies. Once his job was complete, he was transferred to Bartlesville where he has since resided.
Even though he moved several different times throughout his career, his heart always stayed in Philip. He regularly visited Philip, at least twice a year, catching up with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, and playing cards. One of his highlights was traveling to Norway and finding where his great-grandparents were born.
Survivors include his mother, JoAnn Thorson, of Philip; five siblings, Laurie Dale of Amarillo, Texas, Linda Thorson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Rick Thorson and his wife, Selma, of Philip, Doug Thorson and his wife, Nancy, of Quinn; and Rhonda Thorson of St. Paul, Minn.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Lauren Thorson, in 2005 and brother-in-law, Mike Dale, in 2006.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the United Church in Philip, followed by services at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com