1: A few years ago during one of our All Hands meetings in Bellevue, Stephen and I were talking afterwards and he missed his ride back to the hotel, so I offered to give him a ride on my way to pick up my wife after work. He couldn't remember which hotel it was but said he would know it when he saw it in downtown Bellevue. So off we went and drove around downtown Bellevue to look for it. “Is it the Hyatt over there?” “Nah, that's not it.” “How about the Sheraton over there?” “That one doesn't look familiar.” “Is it possibly the Westin over there?” “I don't think so.” After driving around for 20 minutes looking at the different hotels in Bellevue, we finally took a look at his room key card, and low and behold, he was staying at the Hotel Max. in downtown Seattle. Luckily my wife and I already had plans that evening in Seattle so it wasn't out of our way and ended up being a wonderful evening. The 3 of us had dinner in downtown Seattle and got to talk about all kinds of stuff to make it a great time. Stephen spent the majority of the time talking about his kids and to see how animated he became in talking about them really showed me how much they meant to him. Stephen had the touch of making things that don't seem like they will work out, work out wonderfully and cause that unforgettable memory and experience with him. | Kyle Luiten
2: Comments / Stories from Current and Former SPM Team Members R.I.P Stephen...You will be greatly missed. - Mandy Williams We met not in person but over the phone, our first conversation was about who you were and what you did... Our last was about Aiden and Maddy. I will always remember our conversations, professional and personal. You were there for me and I was there for you. A bond grew as we worked together which led to a great friendship, brotherly love. Gone but never forgotten. - Herman Cruz You will be missed. :( - Gina Rice Rest in peace, Stephen. - Rachel Fox You had the biggest heart of anyone I know and you always knew how to make others feel better about life. Miss you... Prayers to your family. - Jennifer Evans You will definitely be missed. I'm glad I had the pleasure to meet you and work closely with you. My thoughts are with your family. - Lu-Lu White Will miss you, Stephen. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and work with you. Always enjoyed a good game of foose for a quick break. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace bro. - Aaron Rylaarsdam RIP Stephen Thompson. You will be deeply missed by all who knew you. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family. - Benjamin De Mey My thoughts and prayers are with the Thompson family. Stephen Thompson, you will be missed! - James Hatton We had some good times... ribbing H on whatever...talking football...driving around Bellevue looking for your hotel that was in Seattle...you'll be sorely missed but see you in the next life my friend. - Kyle Luiten Stephen- I am so sad to hear the news of your passing. You were loved by all of us on the T-Mo SPM team. My thoughts are with your family. You will not be forgotten. R.I.P. - Chris Mills missing you man - Duke Whitman I have fond memories of working with Stephen, he loved his job and had such a great sense of humor while doing it. What I can say is that he loved his family, would show me pictures of his children whenever he had the opportunity. He was a true family man, and I respected him for it. He was just wonderful to be around, and always made me laugh. I will miss him for sure, and I am truly saddened by his passing. - Babs Sullivan
3: Comments / Stories from T-Mobile Friends Overall great guy, you will be missed Stephen! - Aley Rylaarsdam RIP Stephen. I will miss you. My thoughts are with your family! - Stephanie Brickel RIP Stephen Thompson! You were a great person who will be missed by many. My thoughts are with your family. - Chris Tietz I have so many great memories of working with you--your humor, your friendship. I will miss you, Stephen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Gloria Grady Kelly
4: Stephen worked for me for about a year. He helped to launch one of our first overseas sites in Argentina. I remember how surprised he sounded when I talked to him and asked how the trip went and he said “Everyone here speaks Spanish!” Stephen told me how much he appreciated the experience but he said that it was so hard to be gone from his family. He told me how much he missed his wife and his two kids. Stephen was one of the most genuine people I have ever worked with. He took every piece of feedback as an opportunity to learn and to grow. I was sorry when he moved to another team because I really enjoyed working with him. I miss him. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Or quiet birds in circled flight. I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die Tatiana Goff-Morrell
6: Stephen and I were traveling to one of our Service Partners in Oregon from the Field Service Center, taking a 3 hour drive. As we all know, Stephen was the worse driver on the team (yes worse than me) and in usual Stephen fashion he was going 20 MPH above the when he noticed a car that resembled a state trooper. Stephen immediately hit the brake and slowed down to just below speed limit. The car followed us for the next hour and a half. Stephen was paranoid, continued to drive slow, complaining all the way (just pass me or pull me over already). As the car finally approached us, he noticed it was a forest ranger. Typical Stephen fashion, he sped up not only to 20 MPH over the limit, he started to go above 100 MPH to make up time. No, no, we were not late to a meeting just headed to check in. Stephen always loved to order milk shakes and I used to make fun of him calling him a kid cause he would not have a beer with me. Vanilla milk shake was his favorite, from Red Robin. Stephen was always the “class clown” and made me smile even in the worst of times. His jokes were corny and sometimes did not make sense but that was him. Herman Cruz
8: On a trip to Lorain......we got there and it was snowing. We went to get the rental car and it was a convertible, yellow, mustang. We get back to the hotel and Stephen was insistent about driving to dinner. We go and drop off our bags, and walk back out to the parking lot and there is Stephen, doing doughnuts in the back parking lot. This was classic Stephen. Scott Hollan | I have a very fond memory of Stephen that has made me smile and laugh on multiple occasions. He always told me not to share part of it with anyone, but the other part became pretty well known based on how funny it was. Years ago many members of the Service Partner Team met in Tampa for a quality summit with our Service Partners, Stephen and I both traveled for it. Stephen loved to travel, and he liked driving so usually wanted to be the one to get the rental car, this trip was no exception. I believe we ended up with a Buick Rendezvous if memory serves, which is supposed to be a fancy crossover SUV. So part one, we were driving back to our hotel from dinner one night, it was getting pretty dark. Neither one of us were very familiar with Tampa, but Stephen had just purchased a GPS and was still figuring out how to use it. The GPS told us to make a right hand turn so Stephen did so but didn’t realize he had turned into the wrong lane, which would be the lane for oncoming traffic. Once I pointed this out to Stephen, he made a quick maneuver to the correct lane which involved us hopping a small median causing sparks to fly out the back of the rental car. As was Stephen’s demeanor, he kind of looked at me out of the corner of his eye and said, “That didn't happen.” He smiled, I laughed, we kept driving.
9: Part 2, we had to pick up Lisa Halverson and a former SPM member named Sherry from a restaurant and drive them back to the hotel. On the way back we decided that we wanted to go to the beach, but no one knew how to get there. Stephen was very excited because it was another opportunity to use his new GPS. As a result, Stephen attempted to type in “The Beach” as the destination into the GPS, which unfortunately the GPS did not understand. We spent at least an hour trying to get to the beach, the whole time Lisa was having a field day with Stephen and his attempted use of his GPS. Stephen was a great sport, remaining calm in the driver seat, letting go of the occasional chuckle to Lisa’s comments but never giving her the satisfaction in the humor that the rest of us were. The GPS and “The Beach” story came up many times over the years, each time Stephen would smile and play it off. He was always a good sport, and his nonchalant response to anything fired his way sometimes made it even more funny, i.e “That didn't happen.” I will hold on to this one and many more, thanks for the memories Stephen =) Isaac West