It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Tyler Madison Thompson on April 17, 2022. Tyler was many things to many people, including a son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, and friend who will be missed tremendously. While Tyler left far too soon at the age of 28, his family and friends will hold him and our shared memories in our hearts, forever.
Tyler was a brilliant mind with diverse interests. Tyler was an avid brewmaster; he had a love for the art of craft brewing having spent many years studying the science and art of fermentation. He was fond of sharing his passion for brewing. He relished the outdoors and often went on hiking and camping adventures with his friends and brother–he was always the master fire attendant and chef. He was an avid video gamer who cherished time on-line socializing and playing games. He was skilled at Minecraft and designed several worlds for friends and strangers alike. He even built a Minecraft world “Thompsonia” with his brother Chris for his nephew Cal and the rest of the family, which continues to bring so much joy and hours of fun. Tyler also enjoyed board/tabletop games, including his favorites Catan and Carcassone. He was a talented artist who amazed many with his artwork, particularly his ink and charcoal pieces. Tyler also excelled in the kitchen, making delicious meals and treats, including a now legendary key lime pie. Tyler was a kind, loving, and funny guy, who knew how to lift you up, make you smile, and generally make the world a better place to be. And we’d be remiss not to mention that he provided excellent beard grooming advice.
Tyler was born on December 20, 1993 in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Madison Simis Elementary and Madison Meadows Middle Schools, Phoenix, Arizona. Tyler graduated from Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, Arizona, where he played on the tennis team, contributed to many of the school’s drama productions, and received national recognition for his artwork. He graduated with his B.A. in political science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he was a contributing author to a corporate law treatise and authored a thesis titled “No Bold, No Foul: An Analysis of Naming & Shaming and Detainee Abuse Prevention in the Iraq War, 2003-2008” that was later noted at an international symposium at Harvard University and included in the political science curriculum at Reed College. Tyler earned his Master Brewers Certificate from University of California, Davis, which he pursued to further his career as a brewer following years of working as a craft brewer in Portland, Oregon, during which time he also provided brewing system consulting services in Germany, Mexico, and Guatemala, and even shared in awards and recognition for collaborative and innovative brews, including a Gold in the Experimental Beer category at the Oregon Beer Awards for an earl grey barleywine named London Fog. He was to be awarded his M.B.A. from the Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business, Tempe, Arizona, on May 13, 2022.
Tyler is survived by his parents, Terence “Terry” Thompson and Caryn (Hildebrand) Thompson; sister Coree (Thompson) Neumeyer (Chris) and brother Christopher Thompson (Rachel); nephew, Calvin Neumeyer; grandmother, Harriet “Happy” Hildebrand Zant; step-grandmother, Sandee Krell Thompson; aunt Jeanne Berges (Don); uncles Garrett Hildebrand, Eric Hildebrand (Grete), and Bruce Thompson (Candy); step uncles Steve Besore (Arlene), Lance Besore, and step aunt Rusi Besore; numerous cousins: Calisa, Kaela, Hannah, Jackie, Dawne, Stephanie, Torrey, Kevin, Keith, Shane, Hunter, Aiden, Allie, Chase; and so many more family and friends and loved ones, including Danielle Mora. Tyler was preceded by his grandfather’s Donald “Don” Thompson and Robert Hildebrand, grandmother Carolyn Thompson, and uncle Scott Thompson (survived by Debbie).
Tyler’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85018. For those unable to attend service at 11:00 a.m., please join via Zoom at: Meeting ID: 897 9959 4683
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Hugs and love to Terry, Caryn, Coree, and Christoper, and my prayers for the family and all who hold Tyler’s memory dear.
Beyond sadness and tears, we look for peace during this difficult time. Memories of loved moments I pray will fill our hearts and minds. With love, Steve, Arlene, Shane and Hunter Besore.
Terry, Chris and family ,
I was so saddened to hear of your loss and am sending thoughts and prayers unceasing.
All my best,
His loss has affected soo many including myself. As a long distance cousin I didn’t get as much time with him but I definitely feel his loss. My condolences and prayers go out to his mom, dad, and siblings and all others that his loss has affected.
I hope his spirit is at peace
What a beautiful tribute to a very talented young man. Our thoughts are with his family in both the smiles and tears.
Bozo no_no. (Uncle Eric)
No words are adequate,
Yet they help me Greatly.
I thank you all.
Like many of those, with and without the fortitude to express our Love, Memories, and Prayers outwardly …
I join Ms. Keri expressing our Love and heartfelt loss, while sending thoughts, and prayers UNCEASING.
Rest In Peace Ty-Ty.e.
Praying for the entire Thompson family that you may find some peace, support, and even joy in remembering so many moments of love and laughter during young Tyler’s incredible life.
Elizabeth (Thompson) Szews
The Thompson smile, the sparkle in his eyes, the deep pool of talent–these are the things we lovingly remember about Tyler.
Our continuing prayer is for the family to experience peace that cannot be explained and to feel the love, even from afar, we have for you.
Dear Thompson family,
My deepest condolences to all of you. The pain of your loss is felt and I cannot express how much love I have for all of you. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
With love, Jessica Harris