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Bill, 71, died March 14, 2012, in Ogden, Utah. He earned a bachelor's degree in Forestry at the University of Idaho before embarking on a 36-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. Bill was also the State of Utah's off-road vehicle coordinator for 11 years. He was an excellent athlete who enjoyed competitive skiing in high school along with ATVs and motorcycles. Bill jumped at McCall from 1958 through 1962.
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Thompson, William (McCall 1958)" (2012). Smokejumper Obituaries. 855.