Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Herb Thompson, friend to fish and TVTU passes

Herbert "Herb" Lee Thompson
March 9, 1949 - December 6, 2013

12/16/2013 Seaside Oregon
photo by Alan Moore

Many of you have had the pleasure in recent years to meet Herb Thompson, a bear of a man with an iron grip, kind eyes and an unyielding dedication to the Necanicum River and the fish that it supports. Herb, along with his son Byron and his dear friend and neighbor Doug Ray, were proprietors and innovators of the Coho Sanctuary along the Necanicum. Herb supplied much of the heavy equipment needs for numerous Necanicum restoration projects with his trusty, rusty vintage track hoe and equally weathered dump truck. TVTU was among the partners making cutting-edge restoration of coho, chum and cutthroat rearing habitat on private property on coastal streams a shining example of what’s possible when committed individuals with a shared vision work hard and work together to make something very real happen. Herb was killed last Friday in a tragic accident clearing a dangerous wood snag on Doug’s property. Doug narrowly escaped injury in the accident, and is understandably devastated by the loss. Doug is this month’s featured speaker at the TVTU meeting on Wednesday Dec. 11 at 7 pm. Herb is survived by his wife Susan of Seaside; son Byren and Daughter in law Tracy Thompson of Seaside; six grandchildren, Hunter, Duncan, Ruger and Kinsley Thompson of Seaside, Palmer and Jack Thompson of Newberg; his mother Ellen Thompson of St. Helens; brothers William and Robert Thompson of St. Helens; sister Alice Bair of Prineville; and brother Dale Thompson of Cordon.
There will be a memorial gathering for Herb in Seaside on Monday, December 16th from 2 - 5 PM at the American Legion Post on Broadway.