Marty had a great personality and an infectious laugh. He was an avid NASCAR racing fan and he enjoyed movies, theatre, and music, as well. Also, he made wonderful memories on Disney trips and Disney cruises.
He graduated from the Centralia High School in 1972 and attended Centralia College in 1972-1973. In 1973, he transferred to the College of the Ozarks and graduated from there in December, 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Drama.
During Marty’s 30 year career working for Silver Dollar City, he had several jobs. His first position there was as the themed character named “Diamond Jim.” Marty loved that role, as he enjoyed greeting and helping guests. Next, he served on the opening team of the Riverside Rib House. “Marty’s Quality Spice Mixture” plaque commemorates his 25th year as a Silver Dollar City employee and is still there for everyone to see. Most recently, he worked in Silver Dollar City’s Call Center helping customers purchase the ticket packages that best met their needs. He often remarked how wonderful it was to work at the Call Center, because of the comradery and feeling of extended family amongst his peers.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents Clark and May Thompson.
He is survived by his brother Lynne Clark Thompson, sister-in-law May Kay N. Thompson, niece Amy Lyn Thompson, and nephew Eric Clark Thompson. He also took great joy in being a surrogate uncle to Bradley and Breann Robinson.
A memorial visitation will be held Friday afternoon, March 20, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Old Train Depot at the City of Hollister Community Center in Hollister, Missouri (294 Esplanade Drive). He will be laid to rest at a later date in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery in Branson. In lieu of flowers, please support the American Diabetes Association in memory of Marty.