The Obit For Whitey Thomson

Whitey Thomson

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 11, 2011

Whitey Thomson Whitey was a ballplayer, a firefighter and a beloved figure in Long Beach before he went to the big baseball diamond in the sky on May 4, 2011 at the age of 82.

He was raised in Long Beach where he found the love of his life, Donna Jean Folger. Their beautiful love story began at the age of 13 and will last for the ages. The memories of her riding on his bicycle handlebars as youngsters are still vivid.

Graduating from Wilson High School he played shortstop for the Cardinals, Yankees, Pirates and the Edmonton Eskimos. After baseball he was with the Long Beach Fire Dept. for 30 years attaining the rank of captain.

In his retirement you could find him on the golf course or spreading cheer at his monthly baseball players and firefighters luncheons.

The El Dorado Restaurant will be a lonelier place now without Whitey as the honorary host telling great stories of his past experiences.

Whitey was a devoted family man and leaves his beloved wife of 62 years, DonnaJean; their daughters, LorieJean, LuAnn, Patti and their husbands as well as 5 grandchildren and 5 1/2 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of his life will be held on May 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alpenglow Hospice at 3200 E. 19th St., Long Beach, 90755 or Long Beach Fire Dept, C/O Local 372 , 3333 E Spring St #222, Long Beach, 90806. Please sign the guestbook at

He was so very special This man who was a Scot His kind & thoughtful caring ways Made friends and he had lots! His family meant the world to him Their love had made him mighty Let's toast this man of many years This Scot we know as Whitey. Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell (562) 425-6401